According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Hand-Carried Goods (HCG) are commercial shipments transported into Canada by an individual who does not meet the criteria of a "carrier".

A "carrier" is the owner or person in charge of a conveyance engaged in international commercial transportation of specified goods.

"Specified goods" are goods that are or will be imported into Canada for a fee.

ACI eManifest Reporting of Hand-Carried Goods

CBSA has exempted HCGs from eManifest advance cargo and conveyance data requirements. Read more about Hand Carried Goods here.

Hand-Carried Goods Exempt from ACI eManifest Requirements

Examples of qualifying hand-carried goods that are exempt ACI eManifest requirements are:

  • Commercial goods carried by paying passengers on board traveller's commercial conveyances (bus, taxi, plane, ferry, etc)
  • Commercial goods being transported by and accounted for at the First Point of Arrival (FPOA) by the owner of a business, or an employee, driving a ?not for hire? conveyance
  • Commercial shipments being imported into Canada by an individual who does not meet the criteria of ?carrier? and who is not required under the regulations to have, use and maintain a valid CBSA issued Carrier Code.

Hand-Carried Goods Release Process

Hand-carried goods must be accounted for at the FPOA either by a submitting a paper Form B3-3, Canada Customs Coding Form (document used to account for imported goods, regardless of value, destined for commercial use in Canada) or by engaging a Customs Broker to use the "Hand-Carried Goods Release Process".

How Pacific Customs Brokers Can Help

Pacific Customs Brokers is happy to set up customs clearances for your hand-carried goods. If you have any questions about this or any other cross-border transportation matters, contact our Carrier Help Desk at  855.542.6644 or

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Jan Brock

Jan Brock joined Pacific Customs Brokers in 2015 as a Senior Trade Advisor. She retired from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in 2015 after serving more than 37 years. Jan started her career with CBSA as a summer student in 1976 and worked part-time until she graduated from U.B.C. with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1980 . Shortly after graduating from U.B.C. Jan worked full time as an inspector with CBSA and within three years was promoted to Superintendent. She served some time in the Regional Operations office as an Operations Review Officer before she was promoted to Chief of Operations first at the Customs Mail Centre, then in the Metro District as the Commercial Chief and ending her career as a Chief at Pacific Highway Commercial Operations where she served as Chief from 1992 to 2015. During her career she was a member of the Customs Drug Team and a trainer in the National Enforcement Program. Jan also served as the Regional Coordinator Officer Powers and Use of Force for the Pacific Region. Jan served on many Commercial Program Reviews and committees both national and regional during her career and possesses an expansive knowledge of importing and exporting into and from Canada.

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While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.