Crafting counterfeit “certificates of origin” at the border

Consignees have the option of getting it tested and the sample is sent to a private lab in Toronto, paid for out of the profits they earn from the sale of the goods.

Over 100 of the certificates are declared as fake when held in front of Customs officers but, because they didn’t ask the consignees if they needed a “certificate of origin” when passing the goods through customs, they still needed a license.

The test involves presenting a CD-ROM-sized booklet that looks a lot like a stack of brand new STAR magazine tabloids. The legal requirement is that the consumer receives a signed “certificate of origin” stating that the item is pure indigenous Rocky Mountain honey. The certificate must also say if it is “authentic,” which means not dyed, processed, flavored or chemically altered. The consignee is given copies of the certificates at the time they’re delivered and the “certificate” is photographed. However, many Canadians didn’t bother to read the inner pages of the certificate, so it was hard to determine if the test was legit.

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