High-volume e-commerce shipments

High-volume e-commerce shipments


Plan ahead, transmit data and meet Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) importing requirements so that e-commerce shipments can be processed easily and quickly.

Both commercial and non-commercial (casual/personal) goods may enter Canada on a commercial conveyance. There are some differences to keep in mind depending on the goods you are importing.

Prepare for fast and easy examination and release

The CBSA has the right to examine shipments at the first point of arrival. For the fast and easy examination and release of high-volume shipments being transported by highway conveyance, request release from a licenced warehouse.

For the majority of goods, we can transmit the electronic confirmation of release when your conveyance arrives at a licensed warehouse. The licenced warehouse can set aside any goods that the CBSA needs to examine. The rest of the shipments can be authorized for immediate delivery.

Avoid requesting release at the first point of arrival with high-volume shipments. It can take a long time to locate a specific shipment for examination and can also be costly for you because highway offload service fees are charged by the hour. Conveyances should be loaded in a way that allows the driver easy access to any shipment for examination purposes.

Reporting high-volume shipments

When transmitting information using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), take special steps to make sure processing goes smoothly.

Transmit information as early as possible

Send cargo, conveyance, house bill and release information as early as possible in advance of arrival to give customs and other government departments enough time to review.

Reduce strain on the system

To the extent possible, send large data transmissions outside of regular business hours, and in small batches. For example, send only 250 house bills or supplementary documents in 10-minute intervals.

Electronic Data Interchange requirements and limitations

The Electronic Commercial Client Requirements Documents (ECCRDs) have information about the electronic document reporting limitations, technical requirements and approved processes to use for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transmission options.

The following table shows important EDI reporting limitations to follow when transmitting high-volume shipments. Refer to Customs Notice 20-24, CBSA reporting patterns IT limitations for more information.


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