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Old April 16th, 2009, 14:27   #46
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D_Rastaman,the upper of an M4/M16 can be imported, not the lower.
Thanks for telling them. lol
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Old April 16th, 2009, 14:57   #47
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UPDATE : Spoke to the CBSA-Prohibited Importations Unit Officer and basically what was said before, new staff calling the gearboxes "RECEIVERS" :smack: He also spoke to the newbie officer and informed him on what a receiver is. "We're only looking for upper/lower receivers and NOT gearboxes." Overall a nice guy...wait did i just say that ????

Everyone can relax now...
kool thanks alot man, way to help the cause! D_Rastaman eh, I never seen a Rasta play airsoft before, you in Toronto?
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Old April 16th, 2009, 15:09   #48
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The CBSA officer said upper/lower receiver which i did find strange, but who am i to argue when he has my "order" in his hands. Yeah guy, kinda hard playing airsoft with my dreadlocks getting in the way . I'm in Markham, just starting out in airsoft and i think i'm hooked now DAMMIT.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 15:26   #49
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kool man, thanks for being proactive and getting them to correct this error, you should check out Defcon Paintball on sundays, we play there every other week and it's at Vic Park and McNicoll
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Old April 16th, 2009, 15:38   #50
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D_Rastaman,the upper of an M4/M16 can be imported, not the lower.
Thanks for telling them. lol
and the lower of an MP5 can be (technically) imported but not the upper as that is where the trades are found.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 15:38   #51
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yes upper/lower is correct. there are guns that the upper is prohib and lower is fine not every one imports AR's. so yes they are looking for upper/lower receivers the officer was dead on and there was no need for rasta to argue or tell him anything. also telling an officer how to do his job will get your order delayed/reviewed for an unknown amount of time.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 18:26   #52
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D_Rastaman,the upper of an M4/M16 can be imported, not the lower.
Thanks for telling them. lol
I still wouldn't be comfortable with that gamble. It looks evil, so they seize it and give you hell. Laws don't apply....CBSA is fucking god.

As someone already stated, importing a gearbox is more of a display of legitimate use. Who the hell would spend hundreds on a gearbox to put in a gun to rob a corner store? And if you just want to do drive bys and shoot stuff like an idiot, pellet guns are more powerful, accurate and cheaper annnnd easier to get.

They seriously need to develope a licence or something.... Yeah yeah, I know, then they'd tax the fuck out of it. Which is ridiculous as the number of airsofters in Canada is like what? Just barely over the 4 figure mark? If that....
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Old April 16th, 2009, 18:42   #53
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I still wouldn't be comfortable with that gamble. It looks evil, so they seize it and give you hell. Laws don't apply....CBSA is fucking god.
Considering that the Prohibited Importations Unit officer acted to ensure that this wouldn't happen with the particular screener again, I think you need to find something better to do than demonize all of CBSA. Someone made a mistake, and that mistake was corrected in our favour. All this was done through communicating with CBSA personnel like they're people, not monsters.
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good, the tracking system just shows my item cleared the customs...
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Old April 17th, 2009, 06:27   #55
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Considering that the Prohibited Importations Unit officer acted to ensure that this wouldn't happen with the particular screener again, I think you need to find something better to do than demonize all of CBSA. Someone made a mistake, and that mistake was corrected in our favour. All this was done through communicating with CBSA personnel like they're people, not monsters.
the fact that they would bestows uch powers on an absolute nincompoop is testament to their own incompetence
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Old April 17th, 2009, 11:01   #56
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the fact that they would bestows uch powers on an absolute nincompoop is testament to their own incompetence
Airsoft parts represent a tiny fraction of the type of items screened coming across the border. You're asking for everyone at the CBSA to be equally qualified, right off the bat, with devices that some might never, ever come across? A service with zero margin for error? Who are you kidding?
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well airsoft parts represent a large fraction of the type of items I receive in the mail, so I think it is my right to expect that the people handling my shit do their job properly
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UPDATE : Spoke to the CBSA-Prohibited Importations Unit Officer and basically what was said before, new staff calling the gearboxes "RECEIVERS" :smack: He also spoke to the newbie officer and informed him on what a receiver is. "We're only looking for upper/lower receivers and NOT gearboxes." Overall a nice guy...wait did i just say that ????

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I can second this. The CBSA officer who cleared my order was both knowledgable and helpful. I still take issue with the policy on airsoft but not the professional trying to do his job.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:12   #59
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CBSA officers are generally nice people and do try to be helpful. But the shxt storms start when they have mis-communications going on and are too busy to reply your calls / emails. If you have the option to, show up at their office and demand to meet the officer dealing in your case. That always worked for me.

Ever since the change from "Customs" to "CBSA" their customer service level has increased dramatically. That's what I found.

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Old April 20th, 2009, 04:32   #60
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What about a phone call?

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CBSA officers are generally nice people and do try to be helpful. But the shxt storms start when they have mis-communications going on and are too busy to reply your calls / emails. If you have the option to, show up at their office and demand to meet the officer dealing in your case. That always worked for me.

Ever since the change from "Customs" to "CBSA" their customer service level has increased dramatically. That's what I found.

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