Movement of Unreleased Air Cargo
Customs Notice 16-15

Ottawa, June 17, 2016

1.  This notice provides new policy information regarding the re-manifesting requirements of unreleased air cargo.

2.  Effective immediately, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will allow unreleased air cargo to move on the original manifest from the first point of arrival (FPOA), to the stated destination primary warehouse that is licensed to receive air shipments (as indicated on the manifest), without a re-manifest. Please refer to Memorandum D4-1-4 for additional information on warehouse types.

3.  Liability for duties and taxes on the unreleased goods will remain with the bonded carrier associated with the cargo control number (CCN) on the manifest, regardless of the carrier that physically transports the goods.


Note: No re-manifest is required by the highway carrier. Liability for duties and taxes remains with the air carrier until the cargo is arrived at the primary warehouse at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.

4.  Cargo tracers, if required, and any penalties for cargo infractions, will be issued against the carrier associated with the CCN on the manifest.

5.  A re-manifest will continue to be required:

6.  This new policy will be included in the next updates to Memorandum D3-2-1, and Chapter 2 of the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD), Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Air.

7.  For more information, within Canada call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Agents are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time / except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.

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