ACI – Air Mode
Air Cargo Report – SO802

Data Requirements

The air carrier, or a representative, prepares and transmits an Air Cargo Report (SO802) to the CBSA through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The Air Cargo Report must be transmitted electronically to the CBSA at least four hours prior to arrival in Canada. If the flight is less than four hours in duration, the Air Cargo Report must be transmitted to the CBSA before the aircraft's time of departure from the foreign airport.

For additional information on cargo pre-arrival procedures, refer to Memorandum D3-2-1Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements.

The following provides information on ACI Air Cargo Reports (SO802) to assist clients in meeting CBSA requirements:

Cargo Control Number (CCN)

The Cargo Control Number (CCN) is the identifying reference number of the Air Cargo Report (SO802). The CCN begins with the carrier's four character, CBSA-approved carrier code followed by a unique reference number, usually the air waybill number, assigned by the Carrier/Representative.

The format for an air mode carrier code is three alpha/numeric followed by a dash (e.g. 123-).

Note: the Cargo Control Number may be re-used after a period of one year.

Piece Count Requirements

All clients must transmit the piece count as the quantity of the smallest external packing units. Listed below is a reference table of acceptable piece count measurements. The piece counts transmitting within the Supplementary Cargo Reports (if applicable) must equal the type and quantity of pieces referenced on the Air Cargo Report.

Type of Equipment Description Air ACI Quantity
1 Skid A pallet made of wood, plastic or other material. The items aboard the skid may be secured with shrink-wrap, corrugated cardboard, a strap or other similar material. The number of boxes, cartons, packages or other similar units loaded on the skid.
1 Unit Load Device (ULD) containing boxes, cartons, packages or other similar units A properly identified carrier container or metal flat form pallet with or without sides. The number of boxes, cartons, packages, or other similar units loaded in the ULD.
1 Fibreboard or Cardboard Box A completely sealed or otherwise enclosed box containing one or more units. 1 piece
1 Bale Garments or other materials in a sealed or otherwise enclosed sack. 1 piece
1 Postal Mail Bag A bag containing material to be delivered to the appropriate postal authority. 1 piece
1 Airline Company Mail Bag Company documents only in a sealed sack. 1 piece
1 Courier Bag A bag containing a variety of items including both document and non-document materials. 1 piece
1 Bundle A number of items that do not have any external packaging but are merely secured by a strap, bracket or similar device. For example, carpets secured by a rope. The total number of items secured in the bundle.
1 Drum A metal, plastic or wooden barrel or similar device containing bulk merchandise such as liquid or grain. 1 piece

Supplementary Data Required Indicator

If the primary cargo transmission does not contain full cargo details including actual shipper, consignee, an accurate description of goods, etc. a supplementary cargo transmission is mandatory for all import, in-transit, and FROB cargo. The supplementary data required indicator found on the ACI Air Cargo Report (SO802) informs the CBSA that further information is forthcoming in the form of a Supplementary Cargo Report.

Non-Resident Importer as Consignee

The CBSA will accept a non-resident importer name and address in the consignee name and address fields. However, a Canadian name and address must also be provided in the delivery address field.

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