5. Getting your goods released
There are two options for getting your goods released. With both options, you may prepare the release and accounting documents yourself or you may hire a licensed customs broker to do so on your behalf. Regardless of which method you use, the CBSA will assign each shipment a 14-digit transaction number to identify your goods throughout the clearance process.
Method 1: Full accounting and payment of duties for release of goods
Complete and present your B3-3, Canada Customs Coding Form accounting document in person at a CBSA office. Additional information about coding of CBSA accounting documents can be found in Memorandum D17-1-10, Coding of Customs Accounting Documents.
You will need the following documents:
- Two copies of Form A8A-B, Cargo Control Document (CCD), provided to you by your carrier.
- Two copies of Form CI1, Canada Customs Invoice (or the commercial invoice that contains the data). For information on Canada Customs Invoice requirements, refer to Memorandum D1-4-1, CBSA Invoice Requirements.
- A paper copy of all import permits, certificates, licences, or required documents from other government departments and agencies (OGD) or an electronic copy for EDI participants (OGD Interface).
Some CBSA offices provide a self-service computer based system, Commercial Cash Entry Processing System (CCEPS), that assists you in completing the B3-3 coding form and automatically calculates the duties and taxes owing. For a list of offices where CCEPS is available, refer to Memorandum D17-1-5, Registration, Accounting and Payment for Commercial Goods, Appendix B.
Pay your duties and taxes by:
- Debit card (available at most CBSA offices and subject to the limit imposed by the card’s financial institution);
- Certified cheque or money order (payable to the Receiver General for Canada);
- Travellers cheques;
- Credit card for amounts less than $5,000; or
- Uncertified cheque for amounts under $2,500 if certain conditions are met (payable to the Receiver General for Canada).
More information on accounting documents is available in Memorandum D17-1-5, Registration, Accounting and Payment for Commercial Goods.
Method 2: Release of goods prior to the payment of duties
Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) allows the release of goods prior to the payment of duties and taxes. To take advantage of this privilege, you must follow an application process, which includes posting an approved amount of security with the CBSA. This option is generally used by established importers with high import volumes. The RMD accounting option requires the electronic transmission of RMD release requests using the Electric Data Interchange (EDI) system with certain exceptions. For additional details on this accounting option, refer to Memorandum D17-1-4, Release of Commercial Goods.
For more information on release and accounting procedures, see Memorandum D17-1-5, Registration, Accounting and Release of Commercial Goods.
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