Hand Carried Goods – Update

February 10, 2016

Several members have asked for clarification on who is eligible to use the Hand Carried Goods (HCG) Release Process, particularly now that eManifest is mandatory and hand carried goods transported by a non-carrier are exempt from ACI. We have contacted CBSA and now have information from CBSA that we can share.

Before considering the HCG Release Process, one must first determine whether one is a carrier. Carriers will have carrier codes assigned to them; however, if one does not have a carrier code it does not mean they should not have one. CBSA is also aware that many importers have carrier codes but may not need one. If one is uncertain whether or not they are a carrier for CBSA reporting purposes, CBSA’s Commercial Registration Unit at carrier-cargo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca should be contacted.

Whether or not the HCG Release Process can be used hinges on whether the party carrying the goods is a carrier and has a carrier code. Parties who are transporting goods and who do not meet the criteria of a carrier AND who do not have a carrier code may use the HCG Release Process. ACI in these circumstances is not required and the HCG Release Process may be used using PARS or RMD to obtain release of the goods. A B3 C-type entry, with account security, is also a release option may also be used providing the goods are not being transported by an individual who is a carrier.

If the party transporting the goods has a carrier code, the HCG Release Process may not be used and goods must be accounted for on a B3 C-type without account security. Alternatively, ACI must be provided.

CBSA has instructed its officers that if they cannot establish with certainty whether goods are transported by a “carrier”, it is preferable to not hold up the driver but to advise CBSA Headquarters, who will follow up.

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