How Can AMPS Affect You?

An Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) fine can be issued to anyone involved in the cross border movement of commodities who contravenes the rules and regulations found in the Customs Tariff and the Customs Act including importers, exporters, brokers, warehouse and duty free shop operators, carriers, freight forwarders or representatives thereof.

This means that almost everyone involved in a transaction with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whether it be import, export, transportation or warehousing, must ensure that they are compliant with all of the rules and regulations necessary for their part in the transaction; otherwise they may be subject to an AMPS fine.

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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.