Now, here is some good news for anyone headed to Canada this season. Seems the Canadian Firearms Centre has decided to allow pre-processing of Nonresident Firearm Declaration Forms through Customs offices at some high-traffic border crossings and airport entry points. If you will be entering Canada through one of these pre-processing sites, all you have to do is call the Customs office there before your trip and request a modified Nonresident Firearm Declaration form (Form #909 EF). They will fax the form back to you, which you will have to fill out along with the date, time and number of your arriving flight, plus your daytime phone and fax number. You'll also need to provide credit card information (Visa/MC/Amex) to pay the $25CN fee for processing your declaration. Canadian Customs will then send you a letter by fax confirming your pre-approval. Just show them that letter when you arrive in Canada and then it's only a matter of verifying your serial numbers and getting your signature. It should be a snap to get through the process.
Below is a list of the approved pre-processing entry points. If you will be entering Canada through any other border crossing or airport, you will need to submit your declaration form upon arrival. For a copy of the form and other information on importing firearms to Canada, visit our web site at www.huntingreport.com. Just scroll down until you see Import Forms on the left-hand margin. Then click on Gun Import Procedures in Canada.
Approved Pre-Processing Sites Sault St. Marie, Ontario. Tel. 705-941-3063. Fax 705-941-3068. Fort Frances, Ontario. Tel. 807-274-3655, ext. 240. Fax 807-274-8416. Winnipeg International Airport, Manitoba. Tel. 240-983-6715. Fax 240-983-7460. Regina International Airport, Saskatchewan. Tel. 306-780-5218. Fax 306-780-5630. Saskatoon International Airport, Sakatchewan. Tel. 306-975-4755. Fax 306-975-5917. Edmonton International Airport, Alberta. Tel. 780-890-4300. Fax 780-890-4309. Calgary International Airport, Alberta. Tel. 403-292-8777. Fax 403-292-8767.