How To Process Unique Shipments When Filing ACI eManifest

How To Process Unique Shipments When Filing ACI eManifest

Unique Shipment Processes are not exempt from pre-arrival data and have reporting and pre-arrival requirements which are different in some manner. Here is a quick list of these processes:

Courier Low Value Shipment (LVS) / High Value Shipment (HVS)

These shipments are exempt from pre-arrival cargo reporting. Conveyance pre-arrival data transmission is still required, quoting the appropriate cargo exception code.

Goods Found Astray (Misrouted Goods)

Foreign goods found astray in Canada must be electronically transmitted post-arrival as soon as they are discovered by the carrier and then exported and reported to CBSA as per D3-1-8, Cargo-Export Movements


Any excess in the number of pieces transmitted to CBSA in the same shipment and found by the carrier post arrival are overages and must be reported to CBSA as soon as they are discovered by transmitting an amendment to the cargo transmission. An overage can only be corrected post arrival without penalty if the goods were reported to CBSA initially pre-arrival.


Like overages, shortages can be corrected for goods initially reported pre-arrival and subsequently the carrier found that the number of pieces found was less than the number of pieces reported. Again carriers are to report shortages as soon as discovered to CBSA and are to transmit a post-arrival amendment to the original cargo transmission.

Personal Effects

When personal effects are imported into Canada by a carrier, the name and address of the actual consignee is required. The name of the moving company is to be provided in the NOTIFY PARTY field of the eManifest transmission.

Single Trip Authorizations

Carriers using a single trip bond are required to electronically transmit pre-arrival conveyance and cargo data to CBSA showing First Port of Arrival (FPOA) as the port of destination. Once the carrier arrives in Canada, the driver must present a paper A8A with a different CCN on it. The driver will be referred to a customs broker or agent for security or bond application. Once secured the bond application and A8A will be presented to CBSA at the FPOA. CBSA will acquit the electronic cargo with the in-bond CCN (re-manifest) and the cargo will be permitted to proceed inland on the paper A8A.

One Conveyance Multiple Trailers? One Shipment

Where one shipment is carried on two or more trailers but hauled by one tractor, one CCN is assigned to cover the shipment. Each trailer must be identified on the conveyance report, and the description field of the cargo report should indicate the number of pieces and trailers comprising the shipment eg. "1000 pieces contained in two trailers"

Entered To Arrive (ETA) And Value Included (VI) Shipments

Pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data is required for ETA and VI shipments. CBSA will manually acquit the cargo data with the original transaction number associated with the goods.

Ships Stores (Goods Imported for Ships Stores)

Pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data is required for ship stores.

Duty Free Shops (Goods Imported by Duty Free Shops)

Pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data is required for goods imported by duty free shops.

'To Order' Shipments

To acknowledge existing business practises, CBSA will accept to order? to order of shipper? or to order of bank? or other named entity in the consignee field provided the name and address of the owner or his/her representative is transmitted in a notify party field.

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Non-Resident Importer

Non-resident importers and their foreign address are to be identified electronically in the consignee field. The delivery party name and address must be completed for where the goods are destined in Canada.

In-Transit Cargo

Pre-arrival conveyance data is required for a Conveyance reporting with in-transit cargo.The conveyance report shall quote the in-transit cargo exception code. The Carrier will prepare and present to USCBP and CBSA copies of the A8B, United States - Canada Transit Manifest.

** CBSA will not issue AMPs penalties for failing to electronically transmit conveyance data until such time as the CBSA implements and mandates a complete in-transit solution.

Transit International Routier (TIR) Carnet

Pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data must be transmitted for TIR Carnet import or or an E29B Temporary Shipment. The Conveyance report should quote the applicable exception code. A paper A8A is also to be provided to CBSA upon arrival.

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Jan Brock

Jan Brock joined PCB 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.