PARS - PRE AUTHORIZED RELEASE PROGRAM
Canada Customs - CBSA allows for the pre submission of data elements on goods set to arrive at Canadian borders.
When goods are set to arrive Canada, carriers or couriers who have picked up goods in a foreign country can supply commercial documentation to a Canadian Customs Brokerage company who will submit an electronic entry request for pre release from Canada Customs.
Canada customs makes a determination of the release of these goods sending back and electric acceptance.
When the goods arrive to Canada, the carrier will supply an arrival notice to Canada Customs; either electronically or original paper barcode representing the carrier's waybill or pro-bill movement for the commodity. (also known as tracking number) Canada Customs sends back the pre-determined release.
Please note, the pre-determination of release of goods made and sent back to the Customs Broker from CBSA does not state these goods are set for release, however this is a notification of acceptance of the data elements for these goods. When the goods arrive to the border by ground mode transport, the bar-code/ tracking number when swiped will advise the officer at hand how to handle the goods; release or refer for exam pre-determined and maintained in CBSA's computer system until arrival.
Example: (in a perfect world)
Tucking companies; The contract trucking company will have a driver pick up the goods from your vendor. The driver; upon signing for the pick up of good from your vendor, supply a bar-coded label to the pro-bill and or the commercial invoice covering the goods. The trucking company or the designated trucker will then fax the Canadian Customs broker your company has designated to process release into Canada.
Data elements required for the brokerage company to process pre-entry
- ETA & Canadian Border Crossing / Port of Exit **
- Piece and Weight
- Commercial Invoice
- Pro-Bill / Manifest / with the required bar-coded tracking cargo control number
Customs Brokers; The customs brokerage company based on above criteria, will submit a request for release determination to CBSA electronically. The customs brokerage company will receive back a notification that the PARS request has been accepted. This notification is also sent back to the carrier if they are signed into this request notification from CBSA.
Goods arrive the border crossing at any time based on ETA up to 30 day after PARS request. Customs officer releases the goods and the trucking company does not have any delays at crossing. Goods move inland to your door for delivery as designated.
** Trucking companies who fail to use the border crossing as designated could be subjected to a AMPS Penalty.
** There are minimum pre arrival times set up for PARS on modes of transportation.