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CBSA Barcode Requirements for ACI eManifest

Wednesday January 9, 2013

CBSA’s ACI eManifest program brings some significant changes to the way that Highway Carriers must present themselves at the border. One of our most common questions is, “What do I need to present to the Border Services Officer upon arrival at the Canadian border?” CBSA has provided carriers with a few different ways to present themselves and the common requirement is that you have some sort of bar coded number

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CBSA’s ACI eManifest program brings some significant changes to the way that Highway Carriers must present themselves at the border. One of our most common questions is, “What do I need to present to the Border Services Officer upon arrival at the Canadian border?” CBSA has provided carriers with a few different ways to present themselves and the common requirement is that you have some sort of bar coded number. From the CBSA website:

“The highway carrier and shipment arrive at the border, the driver is required to present a lead sheet to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) border services officer. The lead sheet will contain:
a bar-coded Conveyance Reference Number (Trip Number), ora bar-coded Cargo Control Number (Shipment or PARS number) with a handwritten Trip Number, orhandwritten Trip Number if an alternate bar-coded document is also being presented with the lead sheet (e.g. a Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) document with a bar-coded PARS number).”

What does this mean for carriers? Essentially one of two options:If you want to continue using your barcoded PARS stickers for eManifest shipments you must write down the Trip Number somewhere on the sheet that contains the sticker.You can present a “leedsheet” with a barcoded Trip Number. Easy Manifest allows you to generate a leedsheet that meets CBSA and CBP requirements for all Trips submitted through the system (sample leadsheet).If you have any questions relating to the new CBSA eManifest requirements don’t hesitate to email us at info@easymanifest.com or call Easy Manifest at 1-888-993-9626.Easy Manifest Leadsheet (sample):

by Nathan Dinning