The use of the generic sub-location (9000) code in all modes
Customs Notice 19-04


1. This notice provides clarification regarding the use of the 9000 generic type sub-location (Warehouse Office) code on cargo reports in all modes.

2. Sub-location codes are data elements that carriers and freight forwarders must include on all cargo control documents for import and in-transit shipments (FPOA-destined non-consolidated highway cargo are exempt).

3. The sub-location code is a four-digit identification number that identifies the location of goods, namely the sufferance warehouse where the goods are destined or will be destined in case they are referred, and are utilized by the CBSA to send appropriate electronic notifications.

4. For in-bond movements, the sub-location code on release requests is a mandatory data element. The sub-location code on a release request should match the sub-location code on a cargo document.

5. In some instances, goods arriving in Canada, are not destined to a sufferance warehouse (for example, frontier-destined shipments in the highway mode). In these instances, a specific sub-location code cannot or is not provided by the carrier, and a generic (9000) code is permissible to be used instead.

6. The 9000 generic sub-location code is formulated by a 9 + the CBSA Port Code. For example, Toronto is Port Code 495 so the generic sub-location would be 9495.

7. These instances are:



Goods transiting through Canada (except those on form A8B):

Highway and Rail First Port of Arrival (FPOA):

8. If the carrier or freight forwarder uses a generic sub-location code, it must correspond with the CBSA customs office where the goods are destined.

9. For a list of generic sub-location codes, please visit:

10. For more information, within Canada, call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Agents are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time/except statutory holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.

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