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Participating Government Agency (PGA)

A Participating Government Agency (PGA) is an Other Government Department (OGD) whose programs are compatible with the Integrated Import Declaration (IID).

Partners in Protection (PIP)

Partners in Protection (PIP) is a 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.

Penalty Reinvestment Agreement

The Penalty Reinvestment Agreement (PRA) is a mechanism by which the amount of a penalty under AMPS can be reduced. A PRA is granted through the ministerial review process, which a client may initiate by making a request for a decision of the Minister under section 129 of the Customs Act. For the purpose of this policy, the completed PRA application form submitted by the client will be considered by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as a request for a Minister's decision under section 129 of the Customs Act.


A "person", according to the Customs Act, means an individual, a partnership, a corporation, a trust, the estate of a deceased individual or a body that is a society, a union, a club, an association, a commission or other organization of any kind.


PKI is a public key based cryptography that encrypts (puts into a secret code) all data transmitted to and from the end-user workstation to the EICS system. It is a mechanism whereby the bureau can guarantee that only authorized users are gaining access to the system and that all of the information exchanged is secure.

Place of Exit

The place of exit means the location in Canada from which exports leave the country.

Place of Report

A place of report is the export reporting office closest to where the goods are loaded onto the conveyance for export and can be inspected before beginning their continuous movement from Canada.

Place of Safe-Keeping

A place of safe-keeping means a place designated by the Minister pursuant to Section 37 of the Customs Act for the safe-keeping of the goods.

Place of Supply Rules

The Place of Supply Rules determine whether a supply is made in Canada and whether it is made in or outside of a participating province. The tax rate of a supply is determined by the province or territory in which the supply is made. This is referred to as the place of supply.

Point of Entry (POE)

A seaport, airport or land border crossing where people and merchandise can enter or leave Canada.

Postal Imports Remission Order (PIRO)

Goods that are under the Postal Imports Remission Order (PIRO) are those that are of a value not exceeding $20 CDN per item, and are not subject to the payment of duties and taxes. Goods that are not eligible under the PIRO include: alcoholic beverages, cigars, cigarettes and other tobacco products, and books, periodicals and magazines where the supplier is not a Goods and Services Tax (GST) registrant.

Pre-Approval Programs

Pre-Approval programs facilitate the movement of low-risk people and goods.

Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS)

In the United States, the Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) is a release mechanism that utilizes Shipment Control Numbers or a PAPS Number to expedite the release of commercial shipments. With PAPS, the carrier provides the US customs broker with required release information prior to departing Canada for the US.

Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS)

The Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) is a release option that allows importers and brokers to present release documents prior to the arrival of the goods. If all is in order, the goods will be released when they arrive in Canada at a designated port of release.

Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD)

A convenient way to pay bills and make other payments automatically. Instead of sending a payment, the funds are automatically withdrawn from your bank account with your prior authorized consent.

Precursor Chemicals

Precursor chemicals are chemicals that are essential to the production of a controlled substance. Precursor chemicals have a wide legitimate use in the production of consumer goods such as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, flavouring agents, petroleum products, fertilizers and paints. However, some drugs commonly used in cold and decongestant medicines are precursor chemicals that are used to produce methamphetamine.

Prepackaged Products

The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (CPLA) defines “prepackaged products” as any product that is packaged in a container in such a manner that it is ordinarily sold to, used, or purchased by the consumer without being re-packaged.

Price Paid or Payable

The price paid or payable is the total of all payments that are owed and will be made directly or indirectly by the purchaser to, or for the benefit of, the vendor.

Price per Unit

The price per unit is the price at which the greatest number of units are sold.

Primary Inspection Line (PIL)

The Primary Inspection Line (PIL) is the point at which a person or carrier entering Canada makes a report of his or her person and goods.

Prior Notice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must receive Prior Notice (PN) for all food imported or offered for import into the US. Advance notice allows the Food and Drug Act (FDA), aided by the US Customs Border Patrol (CBP), to target inspections more effectively and helps protect the US food supply against terrorist acts and other public health emergencies.

Privy Council

The Privy Council was established under the Constitution Act, 1867, to advise the Crown. Currently, it is the Privy Council's job to advise the Prime Minister. It also facilitates the functioning of Cabinet and the Public Service.


Process includes the adjustment, alterations, assembly, maintenance, manufacture, production, modification, overhaul, packaging, repackaging, repair or testing of the goods.

Program Account Manager (PAM)

Under CARM, the Program Account Manager (PAM) is the designated individual that has the ability to modify program registration information, grant access to employees as either Editors or Readers, and create, view and edit all the transaction information within a program.

Provisional Duty

Provisional duty is duty levied under the Special Import Measures Act when a preliminary decision is issued by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) on the dumping or subsidizing of imported goods.