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 3.6,
To request Chapter 1, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit

Chapter 2: Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Air

Most recent version: Version 3.4.1,
To request Chapter 2, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit

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

Most recent version: Version 3.0.1, April 2015
To request Chapter 3, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit

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

Most recent version: DRAFT Version 3.0.1, April 2015
To request Chapter 4, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 3.0.1,
To request Chapter 5, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 2.0.3, November 2015
To request Chapter 6, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 1.7.1,
To request Chapter 7, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit. Chapter 7 is also available online.

Chapter 8: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest House Bill Portal

The eManifest initiative is the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program. ACI phases 1 and 2 require air and marine carriers to submit pre-arrival cargo and conveyance information electronically, within advance time frames. When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically transmit advance commercial information to the CBSA within prescribed mode-specific time frames.

With respect to data requirements and business rules, Portal requirements and rules are explained in this Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) – Chapter 8: Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest House Bill Portal (and in documentation referred to herein) and EDI requirements and rules are explained in the ECCRD – Chapter 5 : Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest House Bill.

Most recent version: Version 1.1.1, April 2015
To request Chapter 8, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit. Chapter 8 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:
To request Chapter 11, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 10.3,
To request Chapter 14, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 3.1.1,
To request Chapter 15, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 2.1.1,
To request Chapter 16, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 1.2,
To request Chapter 17, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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,
To request Chapter 18, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 6.2,
To request Chapter 19, contact: Technical Commercial Client 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 4.1,
To request Chapter 21, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit

Chapter 23: Single Window Initiative Integrated Import Declaration (IID)

The purpose of this document is to provide Importers and Customs Brokers with data requirements for Participating Government Agencies, technical and systems information.

This chapter contains the following five documents to provide importers/brokers and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) partners (e.g. service providers) with technical and business information related to the EDI transmission of the IID and the Web Service transmission of LPCO (Licence, Permit, Certificate and Other) images.

There are four documents which describe the EDI transmission of the IID.  The first (ECCRD v2.1) includes the EDIFACT inbound & outbound message specifications and code tables.

The second (ECCRD v2.1 Addendum 1) contains errata with critical changes to the ECCRD that were discovered during the 2014-2015 development of the IID and an updated error code list.  The third (ECCRD v2.1 Addendum 2) and fourth (ECCRD v2.1 Addendum 3) documents  contains additional error codes, code tables , PGA appendix updates and some minor technical changes to the IID to implement those updates.

Any IID submitted must be compliant with all documents.

A fifth document describes how to authenticate and connect to the CBSA Web Service that will enable the uploading of an LPCO image in an XML MIME transaction. It also contains embedded sample XSDs and step-by-step processes to assist client development.

Most recent versions: Version 2.1, August 2014, Addendum to v2.1, January 2015, Addendum 2 to v2.1, May 2015, Addendum 3 to v2.1, June 2016. 

PRD Document Image Functionality v1.2, February 2015

To request Chapter 23, contact: Technical Commercial Client Unit

Contact Information

Technical Commercial Client Unit:

E-mail:  TCCU-USTCC@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Telephone: 1-888-957-7224, Option 1 for EDI transactions / Option 2 for Technical Portal Assistance (Canada or US)

You may also subscribe to the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) Email Alert Service to receive an email notifying you when we publish new or revised ECCRD Chapters.

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 / Highway / Rail / Freight Forwarder / Notices
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
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