Food, plant and animal inspections
Penalties and fines: Importing goods for personal use

Learn about the enforcement tools that the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) uses to discourage non-compliance among travellers who do not meet all import requirements for importing food, plant and animal goods into Canada.

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Notice of violation with warning

The CBSA issues warnings or penalties to travellers for violating the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Agri-Food legislation (including the Health of Animals Act and Plant Protection Act).

When the CBSA issues a warning or penalty, we will also provide you with a notice of violation describing the infraction and the penalty incurred. Violations are classified as minor, serious or very serious and carry the following range of penalties for travellers:

Note:

The limits above apply to each violation, and multiple violations can result in a total amount that exceeds these limits.

Your options

If you receive a notice of violation with warning, you have 3 choices.

Accept the warning

No response is necessary. By accepting the warning, you admit to the violation and waive your right to appeal.

Request a Ministerial review

Submit a written request for a review by the Minister of the facts of the violation within 30 days of the date on the notice of violation.

Request a Tribunal review

Submit a written request for a review by the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal of the facts of the violation within 30 days of the date on the notice of violation.

Note:

No extension of these time limitation periods can be granted.

Notice of violation with penalty

If you receive a notice of violation with penalty, you have 3 options.

Make a payment

If you pay within 15 calendar days, the penalty is reduced by 50% of the amount. By paying the penalty, you admit to the violation and waive your right to appeal.

If you make a payment after 15 calendar days, the full penalty amount applies. By paying the penalty, you admit to the violation and waive your right to appeal.

Request a Ministerial review

Submit a written request for a review by the Minister of the facts of the violation within 30 days of the date in the notice of violation.

Request a Tribunal review

Submit a written request for a review by the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal of the facts of the violation within 30 days of the date in the notice of violation.

Note:

No extension of these time limitation periods can be granted.

Making a payment

You can make payment by submitting your Notice of Violation, with the payment in Canadian funds, to:

Canada Border Services Agency
Financial Transactions Processing Centre
105 McGill, 2nd floor
Montreal, QC, H2Y 2E7
866-531-6343
Fax No.: 514-496-0935

All payments are to be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada. Payments can be made in the form of a certified cheque, money order, or bank draft.

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