Why Carriers Care About Cargo Control Numbers Matching Across All Submissions To CBSA
Highway Carriers will experience delays at the border or risk not reporting cargo they are carrying if the Cargo Control barcodes presented do NOT match the Cargo Control Numbers (CCN) transmitted via ACI eManifest to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Inaccurate CCN transmission by carriers could result in sanctions for non-compliance by the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
It is very important that carriers presenting barcoded PARS numbers on arrival at the port ensure that the CCN transmitted to CBSA is identical to the PARS number. The PARS number must include the acronym PARS if this was used. It is not a requirement to embed the letter PARS into a PARS number, but if a carrier does embed letters into the PARS number that the driver provides at the border, then the carrier must use the identical number in their eManifest electronic cargo transmission.
Tips To Ensure Compliance:
- Carriers should provide the driver with the barcoded PARS number specific to each shipment so the carrier knows which PARS is being used and will also use the same number when transmitting their eManifest cargo data prior to arrival.
- The driver should contact the carrier as soon as the PARS number is used for a shipment, therefore, providing the carrier certainty of which number must be electronically transmitted to the CBSA.
- Carriers transmitting cargo numbers MUST pay close attention to the letter l and O and the numbers 1 and 0 in their CCN and PARS numbers. The transmission MUST match the release documents presented by the customs broker and/or importer. If they don't match the release document will NOT align with the cargo transmission and the cargo will have been marked 'Reported' but not 'Released' at the First Port of Arrival (FPOA).
Drivers and carriers are invited to call our Carrier Help Desk with any eManifest or border crossing questions they may have or review the many posts we've written on the subject within Your Broker Knows Blog. We can be reached by phone at 855.542.6644 or by emails at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!