Currently carriers and freight forwarders who have filed security with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are considered "bonded" and therefore permitted to carry goods in-bond from the First Port of Arrival (FPOA) to an inland destination for examination and/or release. The trade community benefits greatly from this type of movement of goods and CBSA recognizes that to not allow this would pose a significant challenge.
With the implementation of eManifest, CBSA continued to allow in-bond movements as long as the pre-arrival data was provided by the carrier within the prescribed time frames. However, once mandatory, in addition to the requirement for highway carriers to provide advance cargo and conveyance data, importers will be required to submit Advance Trade Data (ATD) for that in-bond shipment in a new end state process.
Advance Trade Data
The ATD elements that importers will soon be required to submit include:
- Importer of Record (IOR) number, name and complete address
- Country/State of Origin
- Country/State of Export
- Commodity H.S. code to the 6th digit
- Name and complete addresses of Manufacturer/Supplier, Seller/Vendor, Exporter (if different than the seller), Buyer/Purchaser, and Consignee (if different than the buyer)
Once ATD is mandatory, CBSA will receive and risk assess the carrier's pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data as well as the importer's ATD. If the importer's ATD submission has not been received upon the carrier's arrival at the FPOA, CBSA will determine:
- If the carrier and driver are not members of a CBSA Trusted Trader Program, the shipment will not be permitted to move in-bond until the ATD is provided and risk assessed.
- If the carrier and driver are approved members of a CBSA Trusted Trader Program, the shipment will be permitted to move in-bond to an approved warehouse.
Trusted Trader Programs
- Customs Self-Assessment (CSA)
- Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
- Partners in Protection (PIP)
- Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP)
This end state process provides benefits to carriers who have invested in these programs.
CBSA has not yet announced when ATD for highway shipments will become mandatory for importers; however, for carriers who transport goods in-bond into Canada, it may be prudent to research becoming a member of a Trusted Trader Program if not a member already.