As previously advised through Canada Border Services Agency’s Customs Notice 13-020 – Marine Mode Carrier Codes – Transition Period Extension, marine agent carrier codes are set to expire now on January 30, 2014. This date is expected to remain unchanged, however we understand that CBSA will continue to work with agents to ensure that the applications are submitted and processed in a timely manner.
Please note that the following points have been clarified this week:
- Only vessels with import cargo or freight remaining on board are required to use a valid carrier code issued by CBSA. Vessels arriving in ballast can use the generic carrier code, “9ITN”, as the carrier code for inward and outward clearances provided that these are submitted in paper format and not electronically.
- CBSA is not able to change the bonded status of a valid carrier code. A new form BSF722 - Changing bonded status for existing CBSA carriers is now available on-line.
Further information on carrier code eligibility as it pertains to single agents is expected to be released next week.