Commercial Carrier and Freight Forwarder Identification and Eligibility
Marine Carrier Code Application Process

Who are carrier codes issued to?

For the purpose of assessing carrier code eligibility, the CBSA defines a carrier as a person involved in international commercial transportation who operates a conveyance used to transport specified goods to and from Canada. To operate a conveyance means to have legal custody and control of the conveyance.

The CBSA issues one carrier code per mode per legal entity. Should subsidiary companies be separate legal entities from parent companies, each subsidiary company can apply for a carrier code.

What are the requirements?

A marine carrier is required to:

  1. Obtain a valid CBSA carrier code using application form BSF 329-4.
  2. Register for reporting purposes (ACI program) using the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)  Application for Advance Commercial Information (ACI) form.

The CBSA recommends that applicants submit both forms together in order to reduce the length of the application process.

Please forward your inquiries about the ACI application form and the process to TCCU-USTCC@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

IMPORTANT:  Failure to submit or properly complete Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Application for Advance Commercial Information (ACI) form will not impact your marine carrier code application.

Non-bonded

Checklist

  • Form BSF 329-4 (including acceptable signature and vessel listing)
  • Company Ownership documents, if required (photocopy)
  • Marine Carrier Attestation
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Application for Advance Commercial Information (ACI) form (optional but recommended)

Submission

E-mail: carrier-cargo@cbsa.gc.ca (only one complete application per e-mail)

Contact

Commercial Registration Unit
Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-749-6623
Telephone: 1-613-960-1702
E-mail:carrier-cargo@cbsa.gc.ca

Bonded

Checklist

  • Form BSF 329-4 (including acceptable signature and vessel listing)
  • Company Ownership documents, if required (photocopy)
  • Marine Carrier Attestation
  • Original D120 Customs Bond (must be free of errors and match the information provided on the application – errors will result in the rejection of application and bond)
  • Form BSF-691 (optional but recommended)

Submission

Canada Border Services Agency
Commercial Registration Unit
191 Laurier Avenue West, 12th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8 Canada

Contact

Commercial Registration Unit
Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-749-6623
Telephone: 1-613-960-1702
E-mail:carrier-cargo@cbsa.gc.ca

How to complete the application

Full instructions are listed on the reverse side of Form BSF 329-4.

The following table contains explanations for fields that are often completed incorrectly.

Application to Transact Marine Operations with the CBSA — Form BSF329-4

Proof of company ownership (photocopy) if required

Please provide documents for applicant company:

Processing and Approval Information

Upon receipt of a properly completed application (including proof of ownership documents if required), an applicant should expect to receive a carrier code within 3 business days. Errors in submission will cause delays as additional information and steps will be required. The CBSA will issue the carrier code to the email address indicated on the application. If no email address is provided, the information will be sent via fax or regular mail.

Customs Bond Instructions (For Bonded Applications Only)

The original bond, plus the application forms and supporting documents must be mailed to the CBSA. Photocopies are not accepted. White-out and handwritten corrections are NOT acceptable. Erroneous bonds will be returned to the client unless they instruct us to send it to their third-party representative. Please note that the information on the bond must match the information on the carrier code application or both may be rejected.

For a Customs Bond, Form D120 must be completed by the surety company securing the bond. The surety company must fall under one of the following categories:

The following step-by-step instructions should be used to review your Customs Bond prior to submission to the CBSA.

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