Becoming a Commercial Carrier

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Becoming a Commercial Carrier

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Clearit.ca agents have taken many calls lately for clients who have been transporting goods themselves into Canada and were now coming to us to prepare their paper work and clear customs. What many of you do not know, is that in order for a broker to transmit your shipments electronically via EDI, you must become a commercial carrier (either bonded, or non-bonded). It is quite simple to do, and only takes about a week once all the paper work is complete. Here is a step-by-step guide to becoming a commercial carrier.

 Non-bonded freight forwarders only require a carrier code if they plan to transmit cargo data to the CBSA directly or through a service provider. If you are supplying information through a carrier, then a code is not required.  

The CBSA will only issue a non-bonded freight forwarder code once you or your service provider has contacted the Electronic Commerce Unit and a testing plan has been approved.  

A bonded carrier posts security with the CBSA to cover the following situations:

  • to move goods to a CBSA office inland (not located at the border) to have the shipment released

  • to move goods “in transit” through Canada. The bonded carrier uses Canada as a corridor, or a shortcut, by starting from a point outside Canada and then transiting through Canada to another point outside Canada. The goods in transit are not released in Canada

Become a Non-Bonded Commercial Carrier: 3 Step Process

   1. Complete application form

   2. Ensure the following:

  • Include proof of client ownership for your business. Documentation may include articles of incorporation, business registration documents, or any documents notarized by the company’s respective province or state. If the company is a sole proprietorship, a photocopy of government issued photo identification must be provided.

  • Complete Field 14, “Shared Secret Access Code Request”. A Shared Secret is a temporary access code that a business will require to register for the eManifest Portal the first time. The eManifest Portal is an option developed by the CBSA that will allow the trade community to electronically transmit their pre-arrival information through the Internet. The Shared Secret will be issued to businesses that request access to the Portal and have a valid CBSA-issued carrier code.

  • Confirm that an authorized officer representing the company has signed the application. An authorized officer must have legal signing authority. In the case of a sole proprietorship, only the owner may sign.

   3. Submit scanned documents to the CBSA.

Become a Bonded Commercial Carrier: 3 Step Process

   1. Complete application form: Form E370 (PDF, 148 KB)

  • This form must be signed by an authorized officer of the company who has legal signing authority.

  • Include proof of client ownership for your business. Documentation may include articles of incorporation, business registration documents, or any documents notarized by the company’s respective province or state. If the company is a sole proprietorship, a photocopy of government issued photo identification must be provided.

   2. Post security with the CBSA in the form of a Customs Bond – Form D120 (PDF, 297 KB)

   3.Mail the original documents to the CBSA.

After these steps are successfully completed, should your company meet the established criteria, you will receive your assigned bonded carrier code or bonded freight forwarder code, instructions on how to obtain bar-coded labels and printing requirements for the labels.