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CBSA Announces Postponement of System Release for eManifest HBL Changes

April 14, 2020

Dear Valued ONE Customers,

On April 2, 2020 the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made the following announcement:

“CBSA Message: TCC20-041 COVID-19 and Release R856 (house bill changes) / La COVID-19 et les changements V856 (connaissements internes)

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, CBSA is postponing the system release regarding the house bill changes (R856) that was supposed to be implemented on June 28, 2020.   We will advise you when we have a new date.”


Under the eHBL program, Freight Forwarders and NVOCC’s must transmit advance secondary data for cargo imported into or moving in-transit through Canada.

  • At some point, the CBSA will promote the final piece of system logic and edits.  At that time, the full scope of eHBL requirements will be in effect for all FF/NVO shipments, including back-to-back shipments.
  • The CBSA has not established the starting date for mandatory submission of eHBL, and the 6-month period for zero rated penalties.  


The general requirements are as follows:

  • Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's must obtain a CBSA issued 8000 series carrier code (a four-character code that begins with an 8).
  • Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's will be required to transmit within the current 24HR Advance Manifesting time frames:
    • Advance House Bill data must be electronically transmitted to CBSA using the eHBL data set for import, in-bond and in-transit shipments.
    • House BL Close message set to CBSA to indicate all eHBLs have been transmitted to CBSA.
    • Shipments that will FROB over a Canadian port must be submitted to CBSA using the Supplementary Cargo data set.
  • Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's can transmit advance House Bill data using either an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method, CBSA's eManifest Web Portal, or by using a 3rd party service provider.

For more information, please see CBSA’s D-Memo Regulation on eHBL (#17-22, 26-29, 43-109)


We thank you for your business and look forward to continuing serving your global transportation needs.  


Ocean Network Express (North America) Inc.

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