Canada Border Services Agency Requirements
In order to obtain the release of a commercial shipment at the Customs office, the following documents are required:
•two copies of the cargo control document. This document may be a manifest, waybill or some other approved document obtained from the carrier or freight forwarder.
• two copies of an invoice to supportthe value of the goods. This invoice provides information concerning the shipment including: details regarding the importer and exporter, a description of the goods, the value of the goods, thecountry of origin and destination of the goods, and the currency of settlement. A Canada Customs' invoice or a commercial invoice containing all the required information is necessary for goods with a valueof $1,600 or greater. An additional copy of the invoice is required in cases where the importer or broker intends to transmit the final accounting data through CADEX (Customs Automated Data Exchange).• two copies of a fully completed B3 form, for all shipments for commercial use in Canada, regardless of value. The B3 document is used for duty and tax purposes. A third copy of this form isrequired by Statistics Canada for shipments valued over $1,600.
• all permits, certificates, licenses or other documentation required by Canada Border Services Agency or other government departments forthe release of food shipments. Generally, original documents are necessary.
Special programs exist to speed the transit time through Customs. The Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) allows Customs toprocess release information before the goods arrive, thus accelerating release or referral of goods when they do arrive. The Frequent Import Release System (FIRST) processes repetitive importations of lowrisk shipments with a significant savings in time.
Release on Minimum Documentation Option is another program offered by Canada Border Services Agency, to importers or brokers who post security...