Commercial Carrier and Freight Forwarder Identification and Eligibility
CBSA Guidelines - Highway Carrier Code Application Process

Who are carrier codes issued to?

For the purpose of assessing carrier code eligibility, the CBSA defines a carrier as a person involved in international commercial transportation who operates a conveyance used to transport specified goods to or from Canada. To operate a conveyance means to have legal custody and control of the conveyance. 

The CBSA issues one carrier code per mode per legal entity. Should subsidiary companies be separate legal entities from parent companies, each subsidiary company can apply for a carrier code.

Reporting cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA

With the implementation of eManifest, highway carriers transporting goods into Canada will be required to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA prior to arrival. Please refer to the Requirements for Commercial Clients page of the CBSA web site for more information.

The Internet-based eManifest Portal is one option for transmitting data. Highway carriers code applicants who wish to use the eManifest Portal should indicate "YES" in Field 14 of the carrier code application form. This will automatically request a Shared Secret (temporary access code) that a business requires to register for the eManifest Portal the first time.

What are the application requirements?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires the following documents in order to process a highway carrier code application:

Non-bonded

Checklist

  • Form BSF 329-7 (including acceptable signature and complete vehicle listing)
  • Company Ownership documents (photocopy)

Submission

E-mail: carrier-cargo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca (only one complete application per e-mail)

Contact

Commercial Registration Unit
Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-749-6623
Telephone: 1-613-960-1702
E-mail: carrier-cargo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Bonded

Checklist

  • Form BSF 329-7 (including acceptable signature and complete vehicle listing)
  • Company Ownership documents (photocopy)
  • Original D120 Customs Bond (must be free of errors – errors will result in the rejection of application)

Submission

Canada Border Services Agency
Commercial Registration Unit
191 Laurier Avenue West, 12th Floor
Ottawa, ON   K1A 0L8 Canada

Contact

Commercial Registration Unit
Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-749-6623
Telephone: 1-613-960-1702
E-mail: carrier-cargo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

How to complete the application

The instructions are listed on the reverse side of Form BSF 329-7.

The following table contains explanations for fields that are often completed incorrectly.

Application to Transact Highway Carrier Operations with the Canada Border Services Agency – Form BSF329-7

Processing and Approval Information

Upon receipt of a properly completed application (including proof of ownership documents), an applicant should expect to receive a carrier code within 3 business days. Errors in submission will cause delays as additional information and steps will be required. The CBSA will issue the carrier code to the email address indicated on the application. If no email address is provided, the information will be sent via fax or regular mail.

Important: The CBSA processes applications on a first come first serve basis. Rush service is NOT available.

Customs Bond Instructions (For Bonded Applications Only)

The original bond, plus the application form and supporting documents must be mailed to the CBSA. Photocopies are not accepted. White-out and handwritten corrections are NOT acceptable. Erroneous bonds will be returned to the client unless they instruct us to send it to their third-party representative.

For a Customs Bond, Form D120 must be completed by the surety company securing the bond. The surety company must fall under one of the following categories:

The following step-by-step instructions should be used to review your Customs Bond prior to submission to the CBSA.

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