Requirements for commercial clients are available through documents, including:
- the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations,
- Customs Notices,
- D-Memoranda, and
- the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD).
It is important to note that information may be added or changed as eManifest is implemented. Please visit these documents regularly for updates.
The CBSA no longer accepts generic itinerant carrier codes for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transmissions in any mode of transportation. For information on obtaining a CBSA-issued carrier code, visit the Commercial Carriers section of the CBSA Web site.
New and Enhanced eManifest Notices
The CBSA is introducing new and enhanced eManifest notices for EDI clients. These new notices offer benefits such as:
- being notified on the completeness of advance data sent to the CBSA by various parties in the trade chain;
- being notified on the arrival and status of shipments as they move through the commercial import process; and
- improved communication between businesses and with the CBSA through new functionality that will enable clients to share information with other trade chain partners who are registered clients of the CBSA.
For more information on the new notices, request a copy of the eManifest presentation entitled Introduction to New and Enhanced eManifest Notices.
EDI clients may now begin registering and testing to receive these notices.
For information about registering, testing, EDI software/service providers, and Chapter 11 (version 6) of the Electronic Commercial Client Requirements Document (ECCRD), email the Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Compliance with eManifest Requirements
Under eManifest, clients deemed to be non-compliant may be issued monetary penalties under the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
When applicable, the CBSA may issue penalties for:
- failing to provide advance information;
- failing to provide advance information in the prescribed time or in the prescribed manner;
- failing to correct advance information;
- failing to provide true/accurate/complete information; and/or
- failing to comply with an electronic customs Risk Assessment notice.
Each penalty is intended to apply to all submission requirements and all trade chain partners responsible for pre-arrival/pre-load information, including the provision that multiple penalties may be issued per shipment if multiple trade chain partners are in contravention of their respective requirements.
Exemptions and Exceptions
When fully implemented, eManifest will apply to most commercial goods entering Canada. Exemptions and exceptions to eManifest requirements are listed, where applicable, within each chapter of the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD).
Use and Protection of Pre-Arrival Information
The CBSA is leveraging sophisticated technology and analysis of information to automatically and rigorously risk assess commercial goods prior to their arrival in Canada, using the pre-arrival/pre-load electronic information.
The CBSA works in cooperation with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to ensure that all privacy issues have been identified and resolved, or mitigated in accordance with Government of Canada privacy legislation and policies. Visit the CBSA Privacy Impact Assessment section for more information.
Detailed Commodity Descriptions
A detailed cargo description is a clear and concise description of an item. The description should be in plain language and detailed enough to allow the CBSA to identify the size, shape and characteristics of the cargo. Information not relevant to the cargo description (e.g. quantity, type of packaging, carrier disclaimers, etc.), should not be transmitted in the cargo description field. If the cargo is ‘used', specify ‘used' in front of the description, otherwise cargo is assumed to be new.
If the shipment is consolidated (where house bills and/or a Supplementary Cargo Report are expected to follow), the following descriptions may be accepted: Freight of All Kinds (FAK); shipper load and count (SLC); consolidated; general merchandise; and other similarly vague descriptions.
The following list is a guide to acceptable and unacceptable descriptions. This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change as acceptable descriptions are further refined.
- Quantity and /or type of packaging are not to be included in the cargo description field ("1 load of", "10 boxes of", "3 pallets of" etc.)
- If the cargo is "used"; specify 'used' in front of the description, otherwise the cargo is assumed to be 'new'
|"Brand" or "Trade Mark" names by themselves i.e.,
|"Bubbles Brand" Laundry Detergent
|Auto Parts||Air filters
|Actual Chemical Name (not brand name):
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate
|Consolidated (if the load is not consolidated and house bills are not
expected to follow)
|Consolidated (where house bills are expected to follow)|
|Computers, Monitors, Televisions, Mobile Telephones, DVD players,
Electronic Toys, Video Game Consoles, Electronic Dolls
|Oil Well Equipment
|Packaged Rice, Bulk Rice, Fresh Beef, Frozen Chicken
Live Trout, Frozen Salmon, Canned Tuna
Fresh Oranges, Frozen Broccoli, Canned Peaches
Canned Dog Food, Dry Cat Food
Remote Control Cars
|Household Goods||Acceptable only when goods are Personal / Used Household Effects
transported by a commercial carrier (Goods accounted under
a Personal Effects Accounting Document)
|Machine Parts||Oil Pumps
|Medical Supplies||Medical Gloves
Polyurethane Medical Gloves
|Rubber Articles||Rubber Hoses
Rubber Conveyor Belts
|STC (Said to Contain)
FAK (Freight of All Kinds)
|If the shipment is consolidated, (where house bills are expected to follow),
the following descriptions may be accepted: Freight of all kinds (FAK),
Shipper load and count (SLC) and Consolidated
|Vehicles||Cars, Trucks, Buses
Coiled Wire (Industrial)
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