Administrative Monetary Penalty System


Person failed to provide required certificate, licence, permit or information before the goods are released.


Occurrence Penalty
1st $500 Footnote *
2nd $750
3rd and subsequent $1,500
Footnote *

A 30-day delay in the escalation of penalty levels from the first to the second will apply to this contravention. Should a second penalty with the same contravention be issued against the same client, the system will not escalate the penalty level to level two unless 30 days have transpired from when the first Notice of Penalty Assessment (NPA) was issued or the infraction occurred. The non-escalation rule applies from the first level to the second level only; it does not apply from the second to the third level.

Return to footnote * referrer

Penalty basis
Per document
Retention period
12 months


Non-compliance occurs when a person fails to provide a permit, licence, certificate or other document or information that is required by customs at time of interim or final accounting before the goods are released.

For example, a release request was received for a shipment of cheese without a permit.

Or, a release request for agricultural goods was transmitted with an incorrect service option bypassing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) review process.

Although a penalty may be applied under this contravention all OGD admissibility requirements must be met prior to release. It is also possible that the OGD may have their own administrative monetary penalties.



Accounting for Imported Goods and Payment of Duties Regulations, section 4


D17-1-5, Registration, Accounting and Payment for Commercial Goods


D19 Series – Acts and Regulations of Other Government Departments

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