Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

October 15, 2007 Deadline for Electronic Data Interchange Capability Regarding Imports into Canada in Extended for those not Ready

On March 23, 2007, in Customs Notice 07-008 "Measures to increase the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for Release Purposes", the Canada Border Services Agency advised all persons involved in the importing of commercial goods into Canada that the CBSA would not accept paper Release Minimum Documentation (RDM) and paper Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) after October 15, 2007 (unless a person is otherwise exempted).  The exceptions are as follows:

(a) goods subject to the requirements of another governmental department (OGD) where there is not EDI link between the CBSA and OGD;

(b) the invoice for the release transaction contains more than 999 invoice lines;

(c) there is more than one warehouse sub-location code per release transaction;

(d) the release transaction is covered by multiple highway cargo control numbers at the frontier;

(e) the CBSA has issued a paper Form Y50, Reject Document Control, to the importer/broker in the case of courier low value shipments;

(f) bonded warehouse RMD (grey wrapper); and

(g) goods to be released from a Queen's warehouse.

It is necessary to state which exemptions are being relied upon.

On October 12, 2007, the CBSA issued Customs Notice 07-029 "Measures to increase the Use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for release Purposes" in which the CBSA indicates that it is going to maintain the expectation that clients are capable of transmitting will do so.  However, those clients who have not been able to implement EDI systems should continue to work towards doing so.

The exact words used by the CBSA in CN-07-029 are:

"The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) recognizes the diligence of its clients in their attempts to meet the October 15, 2007, implementation date stated in Customs Notice 07-008, despite circumstances beyond their control.  In an effort to facilitate client preparedness, the CBSA will take a phased in approach to mandatory EDI and it will implement a six month transition period for clients to fully implement their EDI capabilities."

This would put the new deadline at May 15, 2008.  It is unlikely that the CBSA will grant another extension of time.

One of the problem areas for clients is multi-line invoices.

If you require assistance in fulfilling the EDI requirements, please contact a Canadian customs lawyer.

If you would like to read CN-07-029, please click on CN-07-29. If you would like to read CN-07-008, please click on CN-07-008.


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