The Canada Border Services Agency commercial importation process is made up of three major components: cargo reporting, release, and entry and accounting. The following is an overview of the available EDI applications for each of these components.
Cargo reporting initiatives
Advance Commercial Information
The purpose of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program is to identify threats to Canada's health, safety and security prior to the arrival of cargo and conveyances in Canada. Under ACI, carriers and freight forwarders submit electronic cargo and conveyance data to the Canada Border Services Agency within advance time frames.
Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System
The Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System (ACROSS) provides importers and brokers with the ability to transmit release and invoice data in electronic format. This system removes the requirement to present hard copy release packages. A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inspector reviews the release data and makes a release recommendation (in the case of pre-arrival) or a release decision (in the case of post-arrival). Using EDI, the CBSA returns processing acknowledgements (pre-arrival) or release decisions (post-arrival) to the originating importer or broker.
The CBSA has added enhancements to ACROSS to support the release transactions of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and other government departments such as Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada. When CFIA transactions are submitted via EDI, the CBSA transfers them electronically to the CFIA to make a release recommendation or decision.
Customs Self Assessment
Customs Self Assessment (CSA) is a progressive approach to the import process that provides for streamlined border clearance, trade data reporting, accounting adjustments, revenue reporting and payment. At the border, CSA-eligible goods are authorized for delivery to the place of business of the importer, owner or consignee. These decisions are based on minimal information that identifies the CSA-approved importer, the CSA-approved carrier and the registered driver. CSA enables clients to use their own systems to fully self-assess and meet customs obligations.
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Release Notification System
The Release Notification System (RNS) offers a timely and efficient notification of CBSA release decisions by providing brokers, importers, carriers and warehouse operators with electronic messages. The CBSA instantly notifies RNS participants when a transaction is released and when a Pre-arrival Review System transaction is approved.
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Entry and accounting initiative
Customs Automated Data Exchange
The Customs Automated Data Exchange (CADEX) system provides importers and brokers with the ability to electronically transmit their accounting documents to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for already-released goods. This arrangement removes the need to present hard-copy versions of documents. Clients can also query certain CBSA files, and receive K84 accounting data, release notifications, file updates and listings or releases when acquittal is overdue.
The Customs Declaration (CUSDEC) system offers the same opportunities as the CADEX system. However, with CUSDEC, the electronic data is transmitted to the CBSA using the international programming language known as UN/EDIFACT (United Nations / Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport). CUSDEC clients do not receive release notifications and are required to register for the Release Notification System.
Exporters may use either the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) or the G7 electronic data interchange (EDI) export reporting application to report goods being exported from Canada.
Canadian Export Reporting System
The Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) is a free, web-based, self-service portal developed by the Canada Border Services Agency. It can be used by the export community to submit electronic declarations and Summary Reporting Program monthly reports. It replaced the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) system, which Statistics Canada retired on .
- For more information or to register for CERS
G7 EDI - Export reporting
The G7 export reporting method provides clients, exporting goods from Canada, the ability to file electronic export declarations for each shipment using a standard G7 electronic message format. The exporter can then provide an electronic copy of the G7 export declaration to the importer or agent in the importing country. The ability to share export and import information electronically with trading partners expedites the clearance of Canadian exports and promotes the competitiveness of Canadian exporters.
- More information and registration
- G7 Electronic Data Interchange Export Reporting
- G7 Electronic Data Interchange Export Reporting
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