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Carriers Completing A8A Form

Highway Carriers

Highway carriers report their arrival, as well as the arrival of goods, at the PIL.

If the carrier is exempt from filling eManifest or is travelling in bond for clearance, a paper Cargo Control Document (CCD) is prepared and presented at the PIL.

The standard CCD for goods entering Canada by highway is the A8A. An A8A can also be used by other modes. You may want to print a copy of this form since we will be discussing each of the fields.

The fields on the A8A are as follows:

U.S. Port of Exit

This is the port where cargo crosses the United States border into Canada. Both city and state must be indicated. United States port of exit codes may be used instead of city and state. For transborder air shipments that enter Canada in the service of a highway carrier, indicate the US CBP port at which or nearest to which the highway carrier crosses the border of the United States into Canada.

In Transit

The country of final destination is noted here. When goods are travelling through Canada, “Canada” is noted in this field. If the goods are destined for delivery address within Canada, this field is left blank.

Manifest From

This is the customs office where goods are reported to CBSA, that is, the first point of entry into Canada.


This field indicates the CBSA office where the goods will be released. Goods are not always released at the same port at which they enter Canada. For example, they may be travelling inland for clearance at a CBSA office other than at the first point of arrival. When this is the case, this field will indicate a different CBSA office than the one indicated in the “manifest from” field.

Consignee Name and Address

Indicate the name of the person and address of the place to where the goods are being delivered. In certain cases, one company will be the importer (responsible for the payment of any applicable duties and taxes) and the goods will in fact be delivered to the importer’s customer or an alternate location. In this case, it is important that the CCD show the delivery address, not the importer’s address.

Shipper’s Name and Address

Indicate the name and address of the person or firm shipping the goods.

Acquittal No.

This field is completed by the importer, customs broker, or CBSA. The acquittal number may also be called the transaction number. This number is in a bar coded format and its first five digits are the account security number of the importer or customs broker. This number references a particular shipment throughout the reporting, release, accounting and payment processes.

Carrier Code/Cargo Control No.

The four-digit carrier code and cargo control number is indicated in this field. All commercial carriers must have a four-digit carrier code. Carriers must apply to CBSA for a carrier code and the carrier code is assigned by CBSA.

Previous Cargo Control No.

If goods have been listed on another CCD for one reason or another, and now have a different cargo control number, the previous cargo control number is indicated in this field. This is common with couriers who move goods inland to a private bonded warehouse.

No. of pkgs.

The quantity of goods being reported is indicated in this field. Only numbers are shown. There is no text in this field. For example, a shipment consisting of 22 boxes of picture frames, 30 rolls of paper, and 3 sheets of glass would indicate the following under number of packages.

A total must be indicated if more than one package is being shipped.

Description and Marks

Using the above example, the description and marks field would read like this: boxes of picture frames rolls of paper sheets of glass. The method of packaging (boxes, rolls, and sheets) must be indicated, as well as a clear description of the goods. If the goods are in a container, the container number must be noted in this field.


Self-explanatory. If more than one item is listed, a total weight must be indicated. Have a look at a partially completed A8A showing the fields that are described, as well as a Cargo Control Number (CCN).

Foreign Point of Lading

This field is only completed by freight forwarders and marine carriers and indicates the city and country where the goods were loaded onto the ship, aircraft, vehicle, or rail conveyance.

Location of Goods

If goods are to be stored at a sufferance warehouse awaiting release, the name of the agent handling the load and the sufferance warehouse name and location must be indicated.

Name of Carrier

The name of the transporting company must be indicated.

Conveyance Identification

For highway carriers, the licence number, province or state, year, and trailer number must be indicated. Other carriers should indicate other identifiers such as rail car initials or vessel number.

It may be necessary for a broker, importer, or carrier to make amendments to a completed cargo control document. If the document is rewritten, the rewritten document must indicate the same cargo control number as the original and the field labelled “description and marks” must indicate the reason for amendment, for example, “rewritten to indicate proper shipper”. The original cargo control document, and the rewritten cargo control document, must be presented to CBSA for validation and approval.

Regulations exist which allow carriers to transport goods “in bond”, that is, to transport goods to an inland port for release, and “in transit”, which is to carry goods through an intermediary country. In order to transport goods in bond or in transit, security must be posted with the CBSA on either a one-time or ongoing basis.

Goods may travel in bond for a variety of reasons, such as: delivery to a bonded warehouse; or personal effects of someone moving to Canada that are destined to a warehouse for examination and release.

Carriers who wish to transport goods in bond apply to do so on form E370, an Application to Transact Bonded Carrier and Forwarding Operations.

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