Canadian customs officers are reminding cross-border shoppers that unless they have an import permit, fireworks can’t be brought back into the country.
It’s a seasonal reminder sparked by a recent case south of Winnipeg, where officers found 84 packages of fireworks hidden in sleeping bags, tarps and tents as five men tried to cross the border.
That case was noted by the Canada Border Services Agency as they detailed some of the seizures and enforcement actions taken in Manitoba through May.
Although most of the traffic — and trouble — was at the Emerson border crossing south of Winnipeg, several cases occurred at the Highway 10 crossing near Boissevain.
Two recent convictions for impaired driving were enough to prevent one North Dakota resident from entering Canada at the Peace Garden on May 22.
A week and a half earlier, two foreign nationals working in North Dakota were also refused entry, since they didn’t have a temporary resident visa.
Near the end of the month, border officers turned over a suspected impaired driver to RCMP after he failed two screening tests.
Across Manitoba, nearly 175,000 people came to the country from the United States in May.
Customs officers say they are seeing a large number of same day travellers, especially as people order items online and have them shipped to addresses in North Dakota or Minnesota.
The CSBA issued a reminder to shoppers to print out a copy of their online receipt, which is needed to bring the items back into Canada.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 15, 2012