According to the Canada Border Services Agency, Hand-Carried Goods (HCG) are commercial shipments transported into Canada by an individual who does not meet the criteria of a “carrier”. A “carrier” is the owner or person in charge of a conveyance that is engaged in international commercial transportation of specified goods. “Specified goods” are goods that are or will be imported into Canada for a fee.
ACI eManifest reporting of hand-carried goods
CBSA has exempted hand-carried goods from eManifest advance cargo and conveyance data requirements. Read more about Hand Carried Goods here.
Hand-carried goods exempt from ACI eManifest requirements
Examples of qualifying hand-carried goods that are exempt ACI eManifest requirements are:
- Commercial goods carried by paying passengers on board traveller’s commercial conveyances (bus, taxi, plane, ferry, etc)
- Commercial goods being transported by and accounted for at the First Point of Arrival (FPOA) by the owner of a business, or an employee, driving a “not for hire” conveyance
- Commercial shipments being imported into Canada by an individual who does not meet the criteria of “carrier” and who is not required under the regulations to have, use and maintain a valid CBSA issued Carrier Code.
Hand-carried Goods Release Process
Hand-carried goods must be accounted for at the First Point of Arrival (FPOA) either by a submitting a paper Form B3-3, Canada Customs Coding Form (document used to account for imported goods, regardless of value, destined for commercial use in Canada) or by engaging a customs broker to use the “Hand-Carried Goods (HCG) Release Process“.
How Pacific Customs Brokers Can Help
Pacific Customs Brokers is happy to set up customs clearances for your hand-carried goods. If you have any questions about this or any other cross-border transportation matters, contact our Carrier Help Desk at 855.542.6644 or email@example.com.
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