Canadian Authority

Canadian Authority

Prior to entering into Canada, you will need to set up your company with the CBSA (Canada Border Service Agency) and apply for a carrier code. Highway carriers, regardless of how often they cross the Canadian border with commercial goods, are required to use a valid, CBSA-issued carrier code. A carrier code is a four-character unique identifier that is assigned by the CBSA to identify a carrier. Use of the generic carrier code 77YY was eliminated on March 31, 2011. The Carrier Code will be used in the PARS (Pre-arrival Review System). Carriers must have printed barcodes available to attach to all BOLs. Barcode stickers can be printed at any of the CBSA suggested companies.
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CBSA Carrier Code
  • Before entering into Canada your Trucking Company must be setup with the CBSA (Canada Border Service Agency) and apply for a CBSA-issued carrier code.
  • A carrier code is a four-character unique identifier that is assigned by the CBSA to identify a carrier.
  • The generic carrier code 77YY is no longer valid.
  • The Carrier Code will be used in the PARS (Pre-arrival Review System).
  • Carriers must have printed barcodes available to attach to all BOLs.

IMPORTANT: After you have Canadian Authority you need:

  • eManifest

Trucks transporting goods into Canada will be required to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA a minimum of one hour before the shipment arrives at the border.

  • PARS

The PARS sticker must be affixed to the BOL and paperwork, then send to your broker for submittal to CBSA for customs clearance

  • Paperwork

Documents must be given to Canadian Customs in the following order:

      • – eManifest
      • – BOLs with PARS barcodes attached
        – Driver Checklist
        – Remember that it is one PARS per shipper
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Enroll for the FAST Program (Free and Secure Trade)
  • The FAST Commercial Driver Program allows you to use FAST dedicated lanes in Canada and the United States (where available);
  • Cross the border with accelerated customs and immigration processing
  • Transport eligible goods for FAST-approved carriers and importers.
Confirm Registration & Insurance Requirements
  • Add the regions or states you will be crossing to your IRP (CAB Card) registration with the DMV of your state
  • Add the specific Canadian province/territory that you will be entering to your IFTA permits.
  • Acquire liability, cargo and reefer insurance.
  • Third party liability coverage for general freight has to be for a minimum of $1,000,000.00.
IRP Vehicle Registration (CAB Card)
  • Commercial vehicles traveling into Canada are required to register.
  • Register for the International Registration Plan (IRP) in your State

All drivers that cross into Canada will need the necessary personal documents on hand:

Required Documents
  • Valid Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid CDL - Commercial Drivers License (CDL record must be clean)
  • FAST Membership Card
  • Equipment Checklist
Weight:
  • In general, GVW and axle weight limits are higher in Canada
  • Any equipment/load that complies with FMCSA regulations in the United States will be legal in Canada.
Length:
  • Most U.S trailer configurations are allowed in Canada
  • The 10-ft, 1-in. axle spread is not admitted in western Canada.
  • The overall length limit is 23 m or 75.5 feet.
  • Some jurisdictions require permits for long wheelbase tractors pulling 53-ft trailers.
Hours of Service:
  • Canadian Hours of Service Regulations closely follow that of the FMCSA
  • Canada permits a 13-hour driving time within a 14-hour on duty time
  • Canada requires 10 hours OFF DUTY time which can be broken down into the mandatory 8 consecutive hours off duty, and a distribution of the other hours throughout the day in blocks of no less than 30 minutes.
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