LANGLEY, B.C. — Canada Customs has begun enforcing a policy which requires carriers transporting freight on behalf of another carrier to use their own Canada Customs Carrier Code.
In the past, post-audit carriers simply provided letters of authorization to the contracted carrier stating that they had permission to use the primary carrier’s code.
Since primary carriers often do not know which carrier would be used or what freight would be on which trailer, these carriers are being forced to provide paper documentation so that freight can be released at the border rather than participate in the Pre-Arrival Processing System.
So far, the Pacific Highway border crossing is the only one affected by the change in policy.
The British Columbia Trucking Association has asked Canada Customs to review Canada Customs Pacific Region’s interpretation of the requirement for contracted carriers to use their own Carrier Code.