I think I have done as much research and digging on this issue that one can - here is what I have discovered.
Health Canada sets the standards for what is controlled in Canada. Customs officers only enforce the Health Canada regulations. If nothing is controlled, individuals are allowed to order up to a 90-day supply provided it is for your personal use.
The Health Canada website has a list of controlled substances / ingredients however the website is not updated as frequently as the internal Health Canada paperwork. This means that there will be a discrepancy between what the public can view as controlled and what Health Canada is actually doing.
Also there is a question of consistency among the Health Canada inspectors. For example I was initially told that lecithin and titanium dioxide were controlled but I did my own research and corrected the inspector myself. Anyway the link for the Health Canada search site is http://search.hc-sc.gc.ca/cgi-bin/query?mss=hcsearch This search was pretty helpful because the Health Canada site is a gong show of jargon and crap.
- Customs Canada has two (2) point of entry offices for all air mail deliveries that cross the border - Vancouver and Toronto. All AIR mail deliveries that are scrutinized at these locations will require a Health Canada stamp of approval based on the ingredient list of any suspicious products. This does not mean that all shipments will be held up and examined, but if it does happen then nothing goes through until a Health Canada inspector gives it the green light.
The big question mark here is the inconsistency I mentioned earlier. Some Health Canada inspectors are more stringent than others, so you never know who is looking at what. Also, it is my understanding that the mail centers have recently been centralized in Vancouver and Toronto. Previously, the mail centers were located at provincial sources, which lead to even more inconsistency among Health Canada inspections and what they viewed as controlled.
- My contact at Health Canada has reviewed the following Biotest supplements:
Metabolic Drive Advanced Protein
From this list, the only supp Health Canada has an issue with is HOT-ROX because they have put 3,17-dihydroxy-delta-5-etiocholane-7-one diethylcarbonate on the controlled list.
- If anything gets seized at Canadian Customs, I have been assured that notice is sent to the individual listed as the intended recipient. In this scenario, the individual will have to discuss the issue with Customs and (most likely) Health Canada to advocate for release of the shipment. In other words, nothing gets destroyed until the matter is resolved with the intended recipient.
Hope this info helps any Canadian customers here who have had problems with orders in the past. I have spent a few months in contact with various Customs and Health Canada employees and it has been a painfully slow and confusing discussion at best. The red tape is layered pretty thick and no one wants to be held accountable for anything.
I could not get my contact to review every Biotest Supplement because it was a battle to get the five reviews I do have. However I would bet that Surge is ok and anyone who is interested in Methoxy-7 or Power Drive should do their research before ordering.
If anyone else has any information to share, please enlighten me further on this mess.