Notification of the proposed amendments to the Presentation of Persons (2003) Regulations

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Trusted Traveller Programs, such as NEXUS and Free and Secure Trade (FAST), allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to manage risk at the border by facilitating the flow of pre-approved low-risk persons and goods, and to focus resources on travellers and goods of higher or unknown risk. In an effort to improve and enhance the CBSA's Trusted Traveller Programs, the CBSA is proposing the following amendments be made to the Presentation of Persons (2003) Regulations (PoP) under the Customs Act.

Paragraphs 5(1)(b) and 6(b): Eligibility criteria that will replace the good character criterion (Proposed changes)

Building on the Letter of Notification to External Stakeholders – Notification of the proposed amendments to the Presentation of Persons (2003) Regulations, dated December 16, 2013, the CBSA is proposing to repeal the term "good character" within the PoP and replace it with eligibility criteria described below:

Paragraphs 5(1)(f) and 6(f): Residency requirement (Clarification)

These paragraphs will be amended to include the clarification that applicants "legally" reside in the stipulated countries for the specified duration in order to meet the residency requirement.

Section 14: Conditions of the authorizations (Clarification and proposed)

The CBSA is suggesting changing section 14 to provide more clarity on the conditions associated with authorizations issued under Section 11.1 of the Customs Act, including:

Paragraphs 22(1)(a) and (b): Circumstances leading to suspension, warning and/or cancellation (Clarification and proposed)

In support of the CBSA's integrated mandate, amendments are proposed to clearly identify the grounds that could lead to suspension or cancellation of an authorization, as well as circumstances that could result in a warning, specifically regarding the eligibility criteria or conditions of the authorization.

NOTE: The CBSA intends to update its policies to reflect these suggested amendments until implemented in the Regulations.

Please send all enquiries and comments regarding these proposed regulatory changes by email by August 19, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT to

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