AMPS Is A Tool

Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) was introduced by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in 2002, a tool used to enforce compliance. AMPS authorizes the CBSA to assess monetary penalties for non-compliance with Customs legislative, regulatory and program requirements. Canada Border Services Agency may impose monetary penalties based on the type, frequency, and severity of the infraction. Most penalties are graduated and will take the compliance history of the client into consideration. AMPS does not impact businesses who comply with customs requirements.If any information provided in the movement of commodities is misdeclared, CBSA has the right to issue monetary fines.

AMPS - How Would This Affect Your Bottom Line?
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Gloria Terhaar
CCS (CA/US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadain produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.