Marine Container Examination Service Standard

The CBSA's Marine Container Examination Service Standard came into effect on April 1, 2011. The intention is to establish a more efficient examination process in the marine mode.  

The service standard states that the CBSA will strive to conduct a marine container examination within 24 hours. The 24‑hour period includes the time for the CBSA to perform a physical examination of goods contained within a marine container located at one of the container examination facilities in Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Montréal or Halifax. The time will be calculated from the moment the CBSA begins the examination until the examination is completed and goods are made available for warehouse workers to reload the container.

This service standard does not include weekends or holidays, fumigant testing and ventilation procedures, container reloading times and containers that are resultant for contraband.

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