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What is a Carrier Code and How Do I Get One?

If you are a transportation company and want to cross the border into Canada with commercial cargo, you need a Carrier Code. The Carrier Code is a 4 digit alpha/numeric code at the beginning of your PARS label or Cargo Control Number.

The CBSA defines a carrier as a person involved in international commercial transportation who operates a conveyance used to transport specified goods to or from Canada. To operate a conveyance means to have legal custody and control of the conveyance.

The CBSA issues one carrier code per mode per legal entity. Should subsidiary companies be separate legal entities from parent companies, each subsidiary company can apply for a carrier code.

How long does it take to get a carrier code?

Once you've applied for your carrier code, the CBSA states you should receive your carrier code within 3 business days

What forms do I need to fill out to get a carrier code?

You need the CBSA Carrier Code Application form, and Zipments provides a quick form generator so you can speed up your submission process. You simply fill out the form fields online, our team of industry specialists reviews it to ensure the form meets the requirements, and we submit to CBSA for you. You will stay updated via email on the process! 

If you prefer a manual, pen to paper method then the following information applies:

According to the CBSA Carrier Code Application Process, you need to fill out and provide the following forms:
1. The Carrier Code Application - Form BSF329-7
2. Company Ownership Documents
3. If you are going to be a Bonded Carrier, then you will also need a Customs Bond - Form D120

What do I need to do to cross the border once I'm all set up?

You need PARS labels to set up your shipments with the customs broker.
Once you have your carrier code, you can order PARS Labels and start crossing into Canada!
Here's a sample of what a PARS label looks like:

You're ready to go!


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