Cargo Control and Sufferance Warehouse Modernization
Questions and Answers

1. Why is the CBSA modernizing its cargo control and sufferance warehouse programs?

The CBSA is modernizing aspects of the cargo control and sufferance warehouse programs in order to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce costs for both industry and the CBSA. Modernization will also enable the CBSA to provide continued national program consistency through policy alignment with the Agency's eManifest initiative.

2. What are the key benefits of modernizing the cargo control and sufferance warehouse programs?

Some of the key benefits are:

3. How will this change affect industry?

As part of its Cargo Control and Sufferance Warehouse Modernization (CCSWM) initiative, the CBSA has amended its delivery requirements for consolidated, unreleased cargo that has been reported and authorized to move inland to a sufferance warehouse.  This policy change applies only to consolidated cargo and modifies the existing restriction that prohibits direct delivery to a Type CW sufferance warehouse. Refer to Customs Notice 17-06 for information regarding the proposed policy change.

4. How soon will this change take place?

This change will take place in January 2017. Refer to Customs Notice 17-06 for information regarding the proposed policy change.

5. Who has the CBSA consulted to date?

The CBSA consults with its stakeholders and partners.  For these consultations, the CBSA established the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) Cargo and Release Sub-Committee.  This sub-committee includes representatives from the Association of International Customs Border Agencies, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the BC Chamber of Shipping, the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, the Shipping Federation of Canada, the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, the Sufferance Warehouse Association, as well as a number of commercial carriers.

6. Can I still apply for a sufferance warehouse licence?

At this time, the CBSA continues to accept and process sufferance warehouse applications and issue licences in accordance with current policy.

7. Will there still be release of cargo taking place inland?

The CBSA recognizes the need for inland release and the proposed changes support the continuation of inland release.

8. How can I get more information?

If you have any questions or comments regarding the initiative, contact the CBSA at ccswm-mcfea@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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