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Overview

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) administers and enforces more than 90 laws governing travel, trade and international conventions. At 1,200 service points in Canada and 39 locations abroad, CBSA personnel ensure that the nearly 100 million people — as well as some 14 million commercial shipments — entering our country annually meet the requirements of these laws.

With this volume of activity, it is not unexpected that some people may not agree with a decision taken by Agency personnel. For example, last year, there were some 3,500 such requests for a review of an enforcement action or trade decision.

To expedite the initiation of your appeal, we encourage you to submit your request using the Online Appeal Form and complete each field accordingly!

Processing times


The current estimated processing time in calendar days.

Enforcement and Trusted Traveller appeals
125 workable days

Last updated: 2021-06-30

Trade appeals
Tariff classification
263 workable days
Origin of goods
514 workable days
Value for duty
84 workable days
Tariff classification of prohibited weapons
47 workable days
Request for extension of time
48 workable days
Casual refund
68 workable days

Last updated: 2021-06-30

 What if I disagree with the CBSA decision

If you — as an individual or business — disagree with a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) enforcement action or trade decision, you may want it reviewed. You have that right, the First Steps including various forms and letters will guide you through the process.

Connecting with the CBSA

Whether providing feedback or requesting a review, you can now do it online.

  • The Feedback Form provides you with the opportunity to make a compliment, comment or complaint to the CBSA and its employees.
  • The E-Appeals form allows you to ask for a review of an enforcement action online.

Where else can I find information

If the CBSA did not take any formal action, you still may have some border services questions you would like answered — or matters on which you wish to provide feedback to the CBSA.

You can begin your search for clarification of your questions by making use of the various resources on the CBSA Web site that provide information for travellers and traders alike.

These include:

Fiscal year to

Enforcement, Trusted Traveller and Trade Appeals

Service Standard 1: Enforcement and Trusted Traveller Appeals - Acknowledgement Letter

Service Description: Initial contact with a person requesting a review of an enforcement action and/or a trusted traveller membership decision.

Service Standard: The CBSA will aim to acknowledge receipt of a new request for review of an enforcement action and/or trusted traveller membership decision within 10 calendar days.

Performance Target: 85%

Performance Result: The CBSA acknowledged 2,963 enforcement and Trusted Traveller appeals and met the service standard 85% of the time.

Service Standard 2: Enforcement and Trusted Traveller Appeals - Decision

Service Description: Issue the ministerial decision with respect to an appeal of an enforcement action and/or a trusted traveller membership decision.

Service Standard: It is intended the ministerial decision will be issued no later than 180 calendar days from the date the request for review is received.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA reviewed 3,275 Enforcement and Trusted Traveller appeals and met the service standard 75% of the time.

Service Standard 3: Trade Appeals - Acknowledgement Letter

Service Description: Initial contact with a person requesting review of a trade decision.

Service Standard: The CBSA will aim to acknowledge receipt of a new request for review of a trade decision within 10 calendar days.

Performance Target: 85%

Performance Result: The CBSA acknowledged 431 trade appeals and met the service standard 79% of the time.

Service Standard 4: Trade Appeals - Decisions concerning the Tariff Classification of Goods

Service Description: Issue the decision of the CBSA President with respect to an appeal of a trade decision concerning the tariff classification of goods.

Service Standard: It is intended that the decision of the CBSA President will be issued no later than 365 calendar days from the date the request for review is received. Please note that this service standard does not apply to appeals that are or were held in abeyance.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA rendered 140 decisions concerning the Tariff Classification of Goods and met the service standard 76% of the time.

Service Standard 5: Trade Appeals - Decisions concerning the Value for Duty of Goods

Service Description: Issue the decision of the CBSA President with respect to an appeal of a trade decision concerning the value for duty of goods.

Service Standard: It is intended that the decision of the CBSA President will be issued no later than 365 calendar days from the date the request for review is received. Please note that this service standard does not apply to appeals that are or were held in abeyance.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA rendered 9 decisions concerning the Value for Duty of Goods and met the service standard 56% of the time.

Service Standard 6: Trade Appeals - Decisions concerning the Origin of Goods

Service Description: Issue the decision of the CBSA President with respect to an appeal of a trade decision concerning the origin of goods.

Service Standard: It is intended that the decision of the CBSA President will be issued no later than 180 calendar days from the date the request for review is received. Please note that this service standard will not apply to appeals that are or were held in abeyance.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA rendered 6 decisions concerning the Origin of Goods and met the service standard 67% of the time.

Service Standard 7: Trade Appeals - Decisions concerning Casual Refunds

Service Description: Issue the decision of the CBSA President with respect to an appeal of a casual refund decision.

Service Standard: It is intended that the decision of the CBSA President will be issued no later than 180 calendar days from the date the request for review is received. Please note that this service standard does not apply to appeals that are or were held in abeyance.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA rendered 22 decisions concerning Casual Refunds and met the service standard 73% of the time.

Service Standard 8: Trade Appeals - Decisions concerning the Tariff Classification of Prohibited Weapons

Service Description: Issue the decision of the CBSA President with respect to an appeal of a trade decision concerning the tariff classification of a prohibited weapon.

Service Standard: It is intended that the decision of the CBSA President will be issued no later than 90 calendar days from the date the request for review is received. Please note that this service standard does not apply for appeals that are or were held in abeyance.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA rendered 86 decisions concerning the Tariff Classification of Prohibited Weapons and met the service standard 94% of the time.

Service Standard 9: Decisions concerning Requests for an Extension of Time to File a Trade Appeal

Service Description: Issue the decision of the CBSA President with respect to a request for an extension of time to file a trade appeal.

Service Standard: It is intended that the decision of the CBSA President will be issued no later than 90 calendar days form the date the request for an extension of time is received. Please note that this service standard does not apply for request that are or were held in abeyance.

Performance Target: 70%

Performance Result: The CBSA rendered 12 decisions concerning Requests for an Extension of Time to File a Trade Appeal and met the service standard 75% of the time.

For more information on all service standards and performance results for previous years, consult the CBSA Service Standards.

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