Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Systems

Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document

Each chapter of the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) provides comprehensive information about business and system requirements of various electronic transactions for multiple import and export programs.

The following provides a brief summary of each chapter of the ECCRD, the most recent version available and the manner in which you may obtain a copy.

ECCRD Chapters

Chapters 1 to 4

Chapters 1 through 4 provide clients with Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program data requirements, business rules and technical user information for submitting, changing, deleting and amending advance cargo and conveyance information for imported commercial goods using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transmission options in marine, air, rail and highway mode.  

Chapter 1: Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Marine

Most recent version: Version 3.4, July 2012 (under review)
To request Chapter 1, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 2: Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Air

Most recent version: Version 3.4, July 2012
To request Chapter 2, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 3: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest Rail

Most recent version: Version 3.0, February 2013
To request Chapter 3, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 4: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest Highway

Most recent version: Version 3.0
To request Chapter 4, contact: Technical Support Unit

Chapter 5: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest Housebill

Under Phase III of the ACI program (eManifest), the electronic transmission of advance secondary data is required from freight forwarders. This document provides clients with eManifest data requirements, business rules and technical user information for submitting, changing, deleting and amending advance house bill information for imported commercial goods (including in-bond shipments) using EDI transmission options. 

Most recent version: DRAFT version 3.0 (under review)
To request Chapter 5, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 6: Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Bay Plan

This document addresses the bay plan or stowage plan, used by parties in the marine transportation industry to identify all the containers and their locations on a container vessel.  This document provides detailed information on the ACI bay plan transmission process and is designed to assist trade participants with their internal implementation of their bay plan.

Most recent version: Version 2.0, April 2014
To request Chapter 6, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 7: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest Highway – Portal

The purpose of this document is to provide highway carriers with information about how to provide advance cargo and conveyance information, to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), using Highway Conveyance and Highway Cargo Documents submitted through the eManifest Portal. It also provides information about how to view the status of Submitted Trade Documents as well as Received Documents sent by other Trade Chain Partners. 

Most recent version: Version 1.6, April 2013
To request Chapter 7, contact: Technical Support Unit. Chapter 7 is also available online.

Chapter 11: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest Notices

The purpose of this chapter is to inform CBSA clients about the new and existing notices that will be applied to multi-modal cargo and house bill data, and will be available via EDI. This document also introduces new functionality that will enable clients to share information with other trade chain partners who are registered clients of the CBSA, in order to improve the lines of communication between all parties and simplify the pre-arrival and reporting process.

Most recent version: DRAFT version 4.0 (under review)
To request Chapter 11, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit or Technical Support Unit

Chapter 14: Customs Automated Data Exchange (CADEX)

CADEX is used by importers and brokers to prepare and file B3 final accounting documents electronically with the CBSA. Through CADEX, participants are able to receive automated K84 daily notices and monthly statements, tariff and exchange rate file updates as well as notifications of release and overdue releases. The CADEX chapter contains processing and support information, business rules, application forms and the EDI message maps for CBSA's proprietary messaging format.

Most recent version:  Version 10.1, May 2014
To request Chapter 14, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 15: Customs Declaration (CUSDEC)

As an alternative to CADEX, CUSDEC is used by importers and brokers to prepare and file B3 final accounting documents electronically with the CBSA but in the EDIFACT messaging standard. The CUSDEC chapter contains processing and support information, business rules, application forms and the EDI message maps in EDIFACT.  Clients requesting the CUSDEC Chapter are to obtain a copy of the CADEX chapter as well.

Most recent version: Version 3.0, November 2013
To request Chapter 15, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 16: Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System (ACROSS)

The purpose of ACROSS EDI Release is to provide importers and brokers with the ability to transmit release and invoice data in an electronic format. ACROSS also supports Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Transport Canada, Industry Canada and Natural Resources Canada release transactions. The document contains processing and support information, business rules, EDI message maps and the forms to be completed to become a participant.

Most recent version: Version 2.1, May 2014
To request Chapter 16, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 17: Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) Importer

The contents of this Chapter provide an overview of the EDI environment at the CBSA and the implementation methodology associated with the CSA program for importers. The main purpose of this document is to assist CSA participants with their internal implementation. Specific CSA program details, business rules, EDI message maps and other relevant information requirements are supplied.

Most recent version: Version 1.1, April 7, 2009
To request Chapter 17, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 18: Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) Carrier

The contents of this Chapter provide an overview of the EDI environment at the CBSA and the implementation methodology associated with the CSA program for carriers. The main purpose of this document is to assist CSA participants with their internal implementation. Specific CSA program details, business rules, EDI message maps and other relevant information requirements are supplied.

Most recent version: Version 1.2, August 2012 (under review)
To request Chapter 18, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 19: G7 EDI Export Reporting Process

The G7 EDI Export Reporting process was developed in order to facilitate the import and export of goods between the G7 countries. The document was designed to provide technical user information to participants of the G7 EDI Export Reporting Process. The document contains processing and support information, business rules, EDI message maps and the forms to be completed to become a participant.

Most recent version: Version 6.1, March 2009
To request Chapter 19, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Chapter 21: Release Notification System (RNS)

The RNS service offers timely and efficient notification of release decisions made by CBSA by providing importers, brokers, warehouse operators and carriers with EDI RNS messages. The document contains processing and support information, business rules, EDI message maps and the forms to be completed to become a participant.

Most recent version: Version 4.0, June 2014
To request Chapter 21, contact: Electronic Commerce Unit

Contact Information

Electronic Commerce Unit:

E-mail:  ecu.uce@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Telephone:  1-888-957-7224 Option 1 (Canada or US)

Technical Support Unit

E-mail:  TSU.UST@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Telephone:  1-888-957-7224 Option 2 (Canada or US)

Most frequently requested EDI Application Forms

Customs Automated Data Exchange (CADEX) / Customs Declaration (CUSDEC) / Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System (ACROSS)
Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Marine / Air / Bay Plan
Release Notification System (RNS)
G7 EDI Export Reporting Process - G7 Export EDI Reporting Application Form (to be sent to Statistics Canada)
G7 EDI Export Reporting Process - CBSA Application Form