Normally a non-bonded carrier must have the shipment released at the first point of arrival (i.e. the border). However, if the non-bonded carrier cannot obtain release of the shipment at the border and chooses to bring a shipment inland for release at another CBSA office, the carrier must post a single trip authorization bond at the Canadian border or be authorized to use the carrier code of a bonded carrier. Otherwise, the non-bonded carrier may be issued a penalty.
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Non-bonded freight forwarders only require a carrier code if they plan to transmit cargo data to the CBSA directly or through a service provider. If you are supplying information through a carrier, then a code is not required.
1. Complete one of the following application forms:
2. For all types of applications, please ensure the following to expedite processing:
3. Submit scanned documents to the CBSA.
A bonded carrier posts security with the CBSA to cover the following situations:
Applications for a single trip authorization must be filed, in duplicate, at the first point of arrival in Canada using Form E370 (PDF, 148 KB). Security must also be posted as outlined in Memorandum D1-7-1, Posting Security for Transacting Bonded Operations.
A single trip authorization may be acquired in one of two ways: by posting security with the CBSA using cash or a certified cheque, or by engaging a customs broker who provides this service.
Memorandum D1-7-1 Posting Security for Transacting Bonded Operations outlines specific policies and procedures for posting security for bonded operations. Before you make an application to transact a bonded operation, you should consult the applicable memoranda to clarify application requirements, levels of security, bond format and specific completion instructions.
“NEW” Marine Carrier Application Form: Application to Transact Marine Operations with the Canada Border Services Agency
Highway Carrier Application form: BSF329-7 (PDF, 90 KB) Application to Transact Highway Operations with the Canada Border Services Agency
Other modes of transport:
After these steps are successfully completed, should your company meet the established criteria, you will receive your assigned bonded carrier code or bonded freight forwarder code, instructions on how to obtain bar-coded labels and printing requirements for the labels.
To apply for a bonded carrier or freight forwarder identifier code, carriers, freight forwarders or brokers/agents must complete and submit an Application to Transact Bonded Carrier and Forwarding Operations, Form E370. This application form must be accompanied by the appropriate amount of security.
For more information please see Memorandum D3-1-1, Policy Respecting the Importation and Transportation of Goods,as well as the following CBSA requirements and procedures for reporting and controlling of cargo:
For a Customs Bond, Form D120 (PDF, 297 KB) must be completed by the surety company securing the bond. The surety company must fall under one of the following categories:
For the Customs Bond to be accepted by the CBSA, the original must be submitted and must be free of errors. The following step-by-step instructions should be used to review your Customs Bond prior to submission to the CBSA.
Section 1: "Activity to be secured" must specifically contain the mode-specific wording for the mode of transport the company is applying for:
Under "Relevant legislative authority" you must list one of the legislative authorities listed in Section 2. For any of the above noted activities to be secured, you must enter: "Transportation of goods regulations".
"Bond amount" depends on what type of bonded operation is being applied for as well as the assets in the applicant’s possession and the type of movement performed. Amount requirements may be found in the following table:
|Highway||$5,000 to $25,000||D3-4-2 (paragraph 1)|
|Air||$10,000 to $80,000||D3-2-2 (paragraphs 7-9, 126, Appendix D)|
|Freight Forwarder||$25,000||D3-3-1 (paragraph 9)|
|Marine||$25,000||D3-5-2 (paragraph 72)|
|Rail||$80,000||D3-6-6 (paragraph 1)|
|In-transit||$25,000||D3-4-5 (paragraph 2)|
Section 3: To perform bonded carrier operations, the Customs Bond must be a continuous bond or a bond for a specified period. If a continuous bond is chosen, when the CBSA receives it, the effective date should be no older than six months. If the effective date displayed is older than six months from the date of receipt by the CBSA, the applicant must submit an original continuation certificate issued by the surety company along with the bond to substantiate its validity. If a bond for a specified period is submitted, the bonded carrier code will expire upon the date of termination of the Customs Bond.
Section 4: Must be worded as follows: All Customs Offices in Canada
Section 7 (for principal/applicant): Must contain the appropriate company name, address and signatures as found on the company’s articles of incorporation (if applicable). Two company officials, consisting of the president and the secretary (or secretary-treasurer) must sign for the principal (applicant). If the president officially assumes both functions for the corporation, he/she must sign twice identifying him/herself as such. Other authorized company officials may sign the Customs Bond provided that a certified copy of the by-laws is provided, authorizing other officers to sign on behalf of the company.
When the principal is a sole proprietorship or partnership, the CBSA requires the signature(s) of the proprietor or of two partners on the surety bond.
Section 7 must contain the embossed seal of the principal (applicant). If the principal does not have a corporate seal, the Customs Bond must be witnessed by either a commissioner of oath, notary public or a lawyer in Section #8. The witness must include his or her seal, or stamp, or licence number.
Section 7 (surety): The surety company issuing the bond is required to sign and seal under the appropriate section. Surety company signatures and/or seals should be complete upon receipt of the bond from the surety company by the principal. If the surety company does not include its corporate seal, a commissioner of oath, notary public or lawyer must witness the signature(s) of the surety’s authorized representative(s).
If a witness for the surety is required, the witness must sign in an area other than in Section 8 reserved for the principal. The witness must include his or her seal, or stamp, or licence number.
The original bond must be submitted along with the original application. Photocopies are not accepted.
Note: Bonded highway carriers have 30 days after receiving their carrier code to obtain bar-coded labels. After the 30-day period, an administrative penalty of $1,000 will be imposed on carriers if bar-coded labels are not presented with their shipments upon arrival at the Canadian border.
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