Requirements for Commercial Clients


Requirements for commercial clients are available through documents, including:

It is important to note that information may be added or changed as eManifest is implemented. Please visit these documents regularly for updates.

Carrier Codes

The CBSA no longer accepts generic itinerant carrier codes for any mode of transportation. For information on obtaining a CBSA-issued carrier code, visit the Commercial Carriers section of the CBSA Web site. For information on how this may affect the release of goods in all modes, e-mail the Import Program Unit at release-mainlevee@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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.