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Other Government Department (OGD) Regulations

Other Government Department (OGD) Regulations

At FedEx, we work closely with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other government agencies to remain current with Canadian importing requirements. In line with the recent global trend of increased governmental scrutiny of goods with respect to product safety, various Canadian government agencies have increased their focus on the clearance of controlled and regulated goods. Part of this focus is a review of existing regulations and subsequent changes (e.g., the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently removed certain Harmonized System (HS) codes for some human blood products from its target lists).

The CBSA prohibits the clearance of controlled and regulated goods under the Low Value Shipment (LVS) program. These goods must be cleared as formal entries under the High Value Shipment (HVS) program. The following are examples of controlled and regulated goods: animal products, cosmetics, diamonds, eyeglasses, explosives, food products, hearing aids, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical products, and radioactive materials. Depending on the specific government agency requirements and associated clearance procedures, some shipments may be subject to a fee and may also require additional clearance time. For a list of ancillary fees, visit

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of including an accurate description on the air waybill, Commercial Invoice, and other shipping documentation to help reduce clearance delays. As well, please ensure that any requisite permits, licenses, certificates, etc. accompany the shipment or are available for presentation to the associated Canadian government agency.

If you require additional information about controlled, regulated, or prohibited goods, go to the CBSA website.