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Mandatory Electronic House Bills

11.7.2016

eManifest Update
Mandatory Electronic House Bills
Refer to Customs Notice 16-17
Effective November 7, 2016, incoming consolidated cargo, must be reported by carriers and freight forwarders electronically by 'HOUSE BILL'
A 'HOUSE BILL' is a document that accounts for the import transportation of a portion of a consolidated shipment.
For example, if an import container contains only one shipment from one supplier consigned to one importer, there is no 'HOUSE BILL' that accounts for the one shipment as there is no deconsolidation. For Customs purposes there is one Cargo Control Document issued.
If an import container contains multiple shipments from several suppliers consigned to one (or more) importer(s), each shipment must be declared separately (electronically) on a 'HOUSE BILL'. Each 'HOUSE BILL' in turn creates a individual Cargo Control Document, that in turn must be acquitted with Customs.
In the past, consolidated shipments could sometimes be imported under one transaction. Under the new rules each 'HOUSE BILL' must be imported separately.

Official definitions:
House bill ā€“ A cargo control document submitted by a freight forwarder for shipments that have, or will be, deconsolidated from another cargo control document.
House bill number ā€“ Is a number assigned to a transport document used for a portion of a deconsolidated shipment. It uniquely identifies cargo detailed on a house bill submission. The house bill number consists of the CBSA assigned identifier code followed by a unique reference number assigned by the freight forwarder.
(a) 1st 4 characters = CBSA-assigned carrier code
(b) Remaining characters = Carrier/representative assigned reference number.