CBSA Is Not The Only Government Department

Other Government Departments (OGD)

Other government departments (OGD) are all government agencies that regulate imports and exports into Canada in conjunction with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). A full list of Other Government Departments & Agencies can be found here.

In order for CBSA to process a customs release on regulated commodities, they must be reviewed by the appropriate department first. Examples of these departments are the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Natural Resource Canada (NRCan), Health Canada, and Trans Canada which regulate items such as food products, plants, appliances, vehicles, health products, prescription drugs, cosmetics, and chemicals.*

In these cases, your declaration will require specific information regarding the commodity in order to satisfy both the OGD and CBSA requirements. Regardless if an import has been approved through the OGD, CBSA still holds the right of the ultimate decision on whether or not a release will be granted. When your Customs Broker asks for highly detailed information, they are doing so to ensure the commodities that you are importing are entered into Canada in compliance with all Government Departments and Canadian Acts and Regulations.

*This list of OGD and regulated commodities is an example and is not to be considered all inclusive.

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS, CTCS, CBSA Professional 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.