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Boissevain border officers catch two lowballers

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At least two people paid a lot extra when they came into Westman, after trying to sneak things across the border from the United States.

The Canada Border Services Agency said today that 171,516 travellers and 68,907 cars came through the 16 land border crossings in southern Manitoba during September. Officers also processed 21,300 commercial trucks during the month.

Most of the crossings took place at Emerson, the busiest port in Manitoba.

But at least two scofflaws were intercepted during the month at the Boissevain crossing on Highway 10.

The CBSA said on Sept. 2, a family was returning to Canada there after shopping in the United States. After declaring a baby stroller and nothing else, officers examined the vehicle and found more than $1,800 in undeclared items including shoes, clothing and a laptop. All items were seized and a $500 penalty was issued for their return.

A little over a week later, on Sept. 10 at Boissevain, someone tried to import a vehicle, but declared its value as $1,000 less than it actually was. The vehicle was seized and returned to the importer after a $570 penalty was paid. The CBSA says that importer would have paid $290 in GST had he properly declared the vehicle.

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They're "on the ball" at the Boissevain border crossing.

Bravo, border crossing officers!

The moral of this story is that it just DOESN'T PAY to lie to a border crossing officer.

In fact, it costs you MORE money when and if you do.

Perhaps you are right, Verna, and we SHOULD just stay, shop at home and support our own local businesses.

Good for the border services agency. Maybe canadians should shop at home.<br />

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