Information for highway carriers on becoming an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) client

With the implementation of eManifest, clients are required to electronically submit, for risk assessment purposes, advance trade data to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) before goods arrive at the border, and within prescribed time frames.

On October 31, 2010, EDI transmission options became available for highway carriers who transport commercial goods into Canada to transmit cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA.

Highway carriers and their service providers who choose to use one of the EDI options must apply to the Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) by completing the BSF691 — Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Application for Advance Commercial Information (ACI) form. Some EDI methods require testing with the TCCU which can take a minimum of two to three months to complete. A list of EDI software/service providers who have completed testing is available.

This application form should not be used by highway carriers who intend to use the eManifest Portal.

Note: Effective April 1, 2011, all highway carriers must have a unique, CBSA-issued carrier code, and the generic itinerant highway carrier code 77YY is no longer being accepted. For further information on the process for obtaining a carrier code, visit the Commercial Carriers section of the CBSA Web site.

Send the completed EDI client application form directly to the eManifest TCCU:

Technical Commercial Client Unit
Program Business System Integration
Programs Branch
Canada Border Services Agency
355 North River Road, Tower B, #6066, Ottawa (ON) K1A 0L8

Once the application has been received and processed, the CBSA will contact the client to explain the next steps. In some cases, client testing is required to ensure that electronic communication between the client and the CBSA is fully functional prior to data transmission.

For further information on client testing and to obtain a copy of the testing package, contact the eManifest TCCU:

1-888-957-7224, press 1 (from within Canada and the United States, toll-free, available 24/7)
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