Canada Security Information

On April 19, 2004 a „Canada 24 Hour Rule“ was implemented.

This means that at least 24 hours prior to loading in the port of loading required cargo manifest data has to be transmitted to the Advance Commercial Information System (ACI) of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Otherwise CBSA will impose fines. Thus Hapag-Lloyd implemented a “No Doc-No Load”-policy.

According to the transmitted data CBSA decides whether containers can be loaded or have to stay behind.

Following containers have to be transmitted:

  • containers discharged in a Canadian port and
  • so called “FROB-containers” (Foreign cargo Remaining On Board) which stay on board of the vessel, while serving a Canadian port.

Ocean Carriers have to transmit for all cargo on board the so called “Master B’s/L (Cargo Data Reports) to CBSA.

In case of a forwarder business the so called House B/L (Supplementary Cargo Report) has to be transmitted to CBSA additionally.

The forwarder can decide if he transmits the House Bill data on his own or if he asks the Ocean Carrier to do it on his behalf.

Hapag-Lloyd has successfully implemented the necessary system adjustments in order to arrange manifest transmission smoothly.

But it is of utmost importance to receive the required and complete shipping instructions by our documentation closing; which you can find in your booking confirmation and in our online schedule.

Wrong or missing data will be fined by CBSA, too.

As guidance for the required details please refer to the document below.

Applicable surcharges (‘SMD’ or ‘SMC’) have been published in our Online Tariff.

We hope having assisted you with this information. In case of further questions, please contact your nearest Hapag-Lloyd office.

Canada Electronic Bay Plan

The Operating Carrier also needs to provide an additional dataset for:

  • Vessel Stowage Plans (or BAPLIE)

Effective November 6, 2015 as per Part II of Canada Gazette on May 6, 2015.

For all DG shipments affected by the Canadian 24h security initiative (ACI), structured shipping instructions with separated DG and non DG cargo description and weights are required.
Please find further information and examples in our customer letter:

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