CBSA Announces Manifest Changes To Paper Cargo Control Document

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has removed the requirement for highway carriers to complete and present a paper cargo control document (A8A/B) for In Bond Shipments in conjunction with their electronic cargo transmission. This will take effect July 1st, 2019.

In Bond Shipments must be reported on an ACI eManifest transmitted electronically at least one hour prior to arrival at the CBSA Port of Entry. In addition to the In Bond ACI eManifest, the carrier’s driver was required to present a completed paper A8A and present it to the Border Services Officer at the Port of Entry. The completed A8A was to include the Cargo Control Number, either in bar coded format or not. This process of a paper A8A is no longer required effective July 1st, 2019, as the entire process will be electronic.

As per the CBSA Transportation of Goods Regulations, it is the driver or carrier’s responsibility to retain proof the goods were accepted into a sufferance warehouse.

Customs Notice 16-25 provides more information on proof of report.

For more information on the removal of the A8A manifest requirement please review CBSA Notice 19-11.

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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.

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.