In-Bond Trailer And Container Sealing Requirements

Carriers who move goods in-bond from the First Port of Arrival (FPOA) into Canada may need to seal the trailer and/or containers as required by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Shipment Sealing Is Required For:

  • Carriers who are participating in a CBSA Trusted Trader Program
  • Cargo that is controlled or regulated by an Act of Parliament
  • Cargo moving in-transit
  • Conveyance and containers moving from FPOA to a CBSA examination location as directed by CBSA.

Some exemptions apply to these sealing requirements when customs is overseeing the movement.

These Exemptions Include:

  • Inland Inspection Customs Self Assessment (CSA) carriers may move in-bond goods without a seal except in cases when CBSA requires an inland inspection. In this case CBSA would affix a seal on the load at the FPOA for transport to the examination warehouse. The load must then be delivered to the release point and/or examination warehouse designated by CBSA with the seals intact. If company seals are already affixed CBSA will accept those seals and notate them.
  • High Risk Convoy CBSA may permit a load to move in-bond to a destination under the convoy of a Border Services Officer (BSO), where the nature or type of vehicle is considered high risk. In this case the carrier will be expensed for the time and labour of the BSO to convoy and examine the shipment.
How To Avoid ACI eManifest Penalties Triggered By Voluntary Entries

Tips:

  1. Ensure the seal remains intact This company seal must remain intact unless CBSA performs an examination at the FPOA. If the seal did not remain sealed and/or the seal was broken without CBSA approval, penalties may incurred.
  2. eManifest requirements When a company places a seal on a trailer, vehicle or container that contains in-bond goods, the seal number must be noted correctly on the pre-arrival conveyance transmission.

Please note, CBSA has the right to seal any conveyance, container or compartment at any time.

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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.