Customs Self-Assessment Program
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Participating carriers have the option of clearing CSA-eligible goods more quickly at the border once identification confirms that the importer, carrier and driver have been pre-approved.

With this streamlined clearance process, data transmissions for eligible goods are not needed.


The CSA program provides many benefits to participating carriers:


Carriers eligible to apply to the CSA program must meet these requirements.

Residency requirements

Legislative requirements

Operational requirements

A dispatch system, be it manual or electronic, is a cornerstone of the CSA program. Only carriers that own and control their own dispatch system are eligible to apply. Applications from carriers who have contracted a third party or service provider to manage their dispatch system may be refused.

Carriers must demonstrate that they track and record all shipment details (pick-up location and date, delivery location and date, description of goods, etc.) and control all their shipments with an internally generated sequential trip/pro/control number that is assigned to a shipment the moment the order is booked.

Application process

There is a two-part application and approval process for carriers.

Part I: Risk assessment

Carriers will have to give detailed information such as the following:

Part II: Books, records and dispatch systems

Carriers will be asked to illustrate the following:

CARM is the official system of record for trade chain partners and serves as the only way to apply to the CSA program. Through the CARM Client Portal, you will receive notifications, messages and documents from the CBSA, as well as view all your transactions and make payments.

To apply for the CSA program, Access the CARM Client Portal.

CSA-approved carrier responsibilities

These are the requirements you must meet as a CSA-approved carrier.


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Electronic Data Interchange
CSA-approved carriers are eligible to report electronically and should contact their CSA Senior Program Officer for more information.

CSA reporting requirements support a streamlined border clearance process and vary by mode. CSA clearance is used to request the "authority to deliver" CSA-eligible commercial goods that are imported by a CSA-approved importer. A distinctive feature of the CSA environment is that cargo documents are not required to clear CSA-approved shipments. However, when requested by a border services officer, the reporting CSA-approved carrier must provide satisfactory evidence concerning the discharge of goods imported into Canada. The CSA-approved carrier is required to have the records, systems, audit trails and linkages in place to support the CSA process.

Carriers and importers participating in the CSA program have demonstrated to the CBSA that they are low-risk clients. Drivers must present the following bar codes at the primary inspection line (PIL) to a border services officer. An officer scans the bar codes which the CBSA system validates to authorize the shipment for CSA clearance and delivery.

Required information in approved bar-code format:

CSA clearance facilitates the direct delivery of eligible goods to the importer, owner or consignee. For more information regarding the presentation of bar codes at the PIL, see Memorandum D23-2-1, Customs Self-Assessment Program for Carriers.

Sealing requirements

Carriers that are Partner in Protection (PIP) members must always seal their loads, whether they are CSA only goods or not.

Since CSA-approved carriers who are not PIP members have been risk assessed and deemed to have adequate internal control procedures, they generally are not required to seal the conveyance when moving goods inland. However, sealing may be required in some instances, for example when a carrier moves high-risk goods or when a shipment has been selected for an examination by the CBSA.

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