Commercial Payments and Accounts

While the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) encourages all clients to make payments electronically, monthly account balances of more than $50,000 must be made in this way.

Payments of less than $50,000 can be made in a variety of ways, depending on whether you are importing as a Cash Client, if you hold Account Security (ASEC) with CBSA, or a participant of the GST Direct Payment Option or the Importer Direct Security Option. All payments are to be made in Canadian currency.

Cash Clients may make payments in person at a CBSA office. Clients are encouraged to pay using debit or credit card and in Canadian currency.

Customs brokers and importers who make monthly account payments, i.e. those securing goods either directly or under the Importer Direct Security Option with a customs broker, or those under the Goods and Services Tax Direct Payment Option with a customs broker, are required to remit interim and monthly payments centrally or electronically. Importers' Cash B3 payments, B2 adjustment payments and non-commercial payments will continue to be accepted at all Ports of Entry (POEs) with no change to the current process. K23, K9 and Administrative Monetary Penalties payment processes remain unchanged.

Payments are due on the last day of the month by 16:00 Eastern time. If full payment has not been received by the deadline, a late payment penalty and interest may be applied to the outstanding balance. 

Exceptions for 2021
Month Due date Deferred to date
January 2021-01-31 2021-02-01
February 2021-02-28 2021-03-03
March 2021-03-31 2021-04-01
July 2021-07-31 2021-08-03
October 2021-10-31 2021-11-01

Any other exceptions to payment due dates will be communicated via Account Receivable Ledger (ARL) bulletins and posted online as they become available. To sign up for our bulletin mailing list, visit the Contact the ARL team page. Select "Finding information" and "Sign up for ARL Bulletins". For information on acceptable methods of payment, see Memorandum D17-5-1.

Monthly Account Payment Options

Commercial payments are made to the CBSA through the National Payment Processing Centre located in Ottawa.  Centralization of payments improves the accuracy and reconciliation of client accounts. The Agency is encouraging importers to remit their payments electronically, either by online banking or electronic data interchange (EDI) 820 payment file also known as EDI820; and Customs Broker are encouraged to remit their payments by EDI820. Electronic payment will reduce complex manual adjustment activities, and ensure that your payments to the CBSA are received on time and error free.

All customs brokers and importers who make monthly account payments, i.e. those under the GST Direct Payment Option, or those securing their own goods under the Importer Direct Security Option are required to make interim and monthly payments by either sending a physical payment package to the National Payment Processing Centre, via online banking (importers only) or through EDI820 (importers and brokers). Outside of the following exceptions, payments will no longer be accepted at POEs:

Sending Payment Packages to the National Payment Processing Centre

Payments packages are to be sent to the following address:

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Attention:  Accounts Receivable Management Unit
333 North River Road, Place Vanier, Tower A
Ground Floor, Room 1018
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L8
(Should your courier company have difficulties using the postal code above, you may use K1L 8B9)
Telephone: 343-291-5265 (For courier reference)

End-of month envelopes/packages are to contain:  

Delivery timing


Monthly account balances of more than $50,000 must be paid either through online banking or through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 820.

The CBSA is encouraging all clients to make payments electronically. Electronic payment provides a convenient, automated solution to ensure that payments to the CBSA are received on time and error free.

Note: The CBSA does not charge a service fee for either of these options; however, some financial institutions or service providers may. Contact your financial institutions or service providers to ask about fees.

Option 1 - Online Banking

Importers making their own monthly payments are able to do so online through participating financial institutions (FIs). This includes importers making payments for GST under the GST Direct Payment Option or importers who have their own account security and pay their own duties and taxes. Importer online payments are intended for the importer total payable amount, which is displayed on the importer month-end statement of account.  Importers who engage the services of a customs broker should discuss electronic payment options and their amount payable with their broker.

Importers are to visit their FI's web bill payment portal and select one of the following payee names in the regular bill payment section where you would find your other bill payments. (Please note the CBSA is NOT listed in the Tax filing platform):

  • CBSA Duties Taxes Fees, or
  • CBSA Duties, Taxes and Fees, or
  • Canada Border Services Agency, or
  • Agence des Services Frontaliers du Canada, or
  • ASFC droits taxes frais.

Each FI has its own standard to name a payee.  Importers are to use their business number (BN15, e.g. 123456789RM0001) as the account number (not the Canada Revenue Agency RT account number).  To access the phone option, importers are to contact their FI for initial set-up.

Payment cut-off times are determined by each FI. Clients using the EDI820 payment method are responsible for knowing and adhering to their FI's EDI cut-off time in order to avoid late payment.  Please note: This option is only available for importers.

Option 2 - Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 820 Payment

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a standardized method of electronically exchanging information between and within businesses, organizations, government entities and other groups.  The type of EDI connection that is implemented is dependent on business needs.  To make payments to the CBSA on commercial accounts, an EDI820 connection is required to transmit EDI820 payment files.

An EDI820 payment file is the electronic transmission of payment allocation instructions that is sent from the client to the financial institution (FI), directing the funds to be moved to the CBSA account. Upon receipt, the FI moves the funds from the client account to the CBSA account. At the end of the day, the FI moves the funds from the CBSA account to the Bank of Canada and sends the EDI820 payment file via a Value Added Network (VAN) to the CBSA.

An EDI820 payment file allows customs brokers to provide payment allocation details related to the accounts they are paying and the amount to be applied. Once the CBSA receives the EDI820 payment file, the payment is automatically allocated to the client accounts as instructed in the file, improving payment allocation accuracy. Clients should contact their FI client relationship manager to inquire about implementing and testing EDI820 payment capability.

EDI820 payment to the CBSA is available with:

The CBSA is currently in discussions with other FIs regarding EDI and online banking.

Payment cut-off times are determined by each FI. Clients using the EDI payment method are responsible for knowing and adhering to their FI's EDI cut-off time in order to avoid late payment.

Application of Payment

Payments on your account will be applied to outstanding debits with the new offsetting rules in the following order:

Type of Credits and Debits
Type of Credits Type of Debits
1. Payments 1. B3 (including LAP)
2. B3 (Cancellations of LAP) 2. B2
3. B2 Refunds, K32 Drawbacks, K9 Cancellations, NPA Cancellations 3. NSF
  4. NPA, K9
  5. K23
  6. Interest

Please note, each credit types 1 through 3 will be used to offset all of the debit types before moving on to the next credit type on the list; i.e. payments will clear debit types 1 through 6. If there are any remaining debits, B3 (Cancellations of LAP) will offset debit types 1 through 6. If there are still remaining debits, then B2 refunds, K32 drawbacks, K9 cancellations, and NPA cancellations will be used to offset them. Any remaining credits will remain on the account and will be factored in the next SOA.


Account Reconciliation and Payment Allocation

If a payment is made that does not coincide with the amount owing on a customs brokers statement of account (SOA), a Reconciliation Exception Sheet (RES) must be completed.  A RES is used to explain the difference between the amount that is due on an SOA and the amount that is paid.  It is typically used when a customs broker is short-remitting or overpaying an SOA for a transaction that is corrected post-SOA.  A RES is not required when a customs broker pays their SOA amount in full with a single cheque (or single cheque plus interim payments).

In the case of an overpayment, if a RES is not received or does not equal the difference between the total of the amounts owing per the SOA and the payments offered, the payment will be allocated to the amounts owing for each importer according to the distribution on the customs broker's SOA, and will credit the remaining amount to the customs broker's business number (BN9).

In the case of an underpayment if a RES is not received, the interim payments will be credited to the customs broker's BN9 and all importer accounts will remain in unpaid status until instructions are received.

A payment allocation sheet (PAS) must be submitted when using a single cheque to make payments across different importer accounts, without reference to the customs broker's account balance owing.  A PAS is typically used when providing payment for a specific item prior to appeal, and/or when a customs broker is submitting a payment on behalf of an importer who imports under the GST Direct Payment Option or the Importer Direct Security Option.

Correction of Payment Information

Clients can submit requests for corrections to payment information, interest or penalties to the ARL Team.

Include your payment details, justifying why the adjustment is required.

The request will be reviewed and, if accepted, the required adjustment will be processed. We will notify you once your request has been received.

If a correction is not processed before the issuance of the SOA, clients must pay the full balance owing on the SOA by the payment due date.


Interest charges will appear on a client's statement of account in the "Other Transactions" section and will be reflected in the monthly account balance. The importer is liable for all amounts owing until either the importer or their agent submits payment.

Interest is payable to an importer as of the 91st day from the submission of a B2 and ends on the day the Detailed Adjustment Statement is issued.

For additional information on interest, refer to section 52 of Memorandum D17-1-5.

Non-sufficient Funds

If a client submits two dishonoured cheques within a period of six consecutive months, a certified cheque will be required for all future payments.


If a cheque is returned for non-sufficient funds (NSF), the importer will be charged the NSF fee. This fee will appear under the 'Other Transactions' section on the importer Daily Notices and Statements of Account.

Customs Brokers

NFS fees incurred by a customs broker directly against their broker account are posted against the customs broker's BN9, not against an importer account (BN15).

Such fees do not appear in any of the BN15 sections. Instead, a 'Brokerage' section appears at the top of the customs broker's statement of account and is identified with the customs broker's legal entity name. This section will appear only when an account contains items associated directly with customs broker BN9.

Notice of Arrears

When accounts become in arrears, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issues a Notice of Arrears (NOA) advising the client that payment is late. Once an NOA has been issued, the account is sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for collection purposes.

While payment arrangements are to be made with the CRA, payments must be made directly to the CBSA, either on-line, through EDI or sent to the National Payment Processing Centre.

Please contact the CRA at the number provided on the Notice of Arears.

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