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COUTTS:   It's always busy at Alberta border crossings and June was no exception.

 

Canada Border Services officers processed more than 43,200 travellers in 20,850 cars and more than 13,400 commercial trucks at the port of Coutts, and almost 17,900 travellers in 8,000 cars and 89 commercial trucks at the port of Carway.

 

At the two ports, officers also refused entry to 154 people because of criminal backgrounds.

 

There are cases that continually appear before border officers which are costly but, very preventable. It's best to just tell the truth about what you bought - in the long run, it would turn out to be much less expensive. What follows, is a recap of the June cases where fibbing to border guards was much more expensive than it should have been:

 

On June 2nd, a 25-year-old Alberta man presented a bill of sale for an SUV at US$5,000. However, officers determined the actual value was US$9,500, and uncovered bank records for a withdrawal of that amount. The man maintained his original declaration and stated he had lost the remaining money at a casino in Las Vegas but, later admitted his undervaluation, and was issued a penalty of more than $1,150. Had he been truthful, he would have paid approximately $500 in GST.

 

On June 3, a 31-year-old Saskatchewan man was importing a towed truck declared at US$5,000, and presented a bill of sale. When the man entered the office to begin the importation process, he produced another bill for US$15,000. He was very apologetic for being untruthful, saying he had wanted to save taxes. The man was issued a penalty of more than $2,550 and left the port. He would have paid approximately $250 in GST, had he been truthful.

 

On June 5th, a 39-year-old Alberta woman was importing 13 horses, yet failed to declare polo equipment, a saddle, a tent, golf clubs, and mallets in her trailer, valued at US$4,500 in total. She said she did not think she needed to declare them because they were for training purposes. The woman also failed to report US$1,600 in vehicle repairs. She was issued a penalty of approximately $1,050. If she had provided an accurate declaration, she would have paid approximately $225 in GST for the trailer goods.

 

On June 7, a 29-year-old B-C man declared a pickup truck at approximately $5,650. Officers determined the actual value was almost $14,000, and issued the man a penalty of almost $4,500. Had he made an accurate declaration, he would have paid less than $700 in GST.

 

Then, there are cases that just leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

 

On June 30th, at the Chief Mountain border crossing, a 20-year-old Colorado resident arrived on a pedal bike, en route to visit a minor female in northern Alberta. Officers found suspected child pornography on a mobile device. The man was arrested and turned over to RCMP, and will face two criminal charges in court in October.

 

While working to protect Canadian Borders, officers at Coutts took time to help one of their own. On June 21st, staff members at the port of Coutts held a fundraiser dance and silent auction for fellow officer Ryan Enns (Photo below), who is fighting blood cancer. In total, they raised more than $8,100 to support his wife and three children while he is in hospital. Approximately 140 law enforcement officers and locals attended, and businesses across southern and central Alberta showed support by sponsoring the event.



Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 4/17/2014 4:46:11 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News with files and Ryan Enns photo supplied by CBSA
 
 
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