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PA - Power of Attorney
See GAA - General Agency Agreement

PARS - Pre-Arrival Release System
Customs Line Release system used to clear goods prior to their arrival in Canada. 

Partners in Protection (P.I.P.)
Partners in Protection (PIP) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) voluntary program that enlists the cooperation of private industry to enhance border and trade chain security, combat organized crime and terrorism and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling. Member companies are recognized as being trusted traders, which allows the CBSA to focus its resources on areas of higher or unknown risk.

PIL - Primary Inspection Line
The point at which a person entering Canada makes a report of his or her person and goods.

POD (Port of Discharge)
The port at which a shipment is off-loaded by a transportation line, not to be confused with destination which may be a point further inland.

POL (Port of Loading)
The port where cargo is loaded on board a vessel.

Price Paid or Payable
The aggregate of all payments made or to be made, directly or indirectly, in respect of the goods by the purchaser to or for the benefit of the vendor.

Primary Officer

Prohibited Goods
Goods that cannot be legally imported into Canada under any circumstances.

Provisional Duty
Duty levied under the Special Import Measures Act when a preliminary decision is issued by the CBSA on the dumping or subsidizing of imported goods.


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