E400B – Application for Licence to Operate a Customs Highway Sufferance Warehouse

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The application package consists of the application form E400 and schedules A through D. The application form E400 as well as all schedules must be completed in detail and submitted in exact triplicate, together with all required documentation by the closing date for the receipt of applications. Applications should be forwarded to the address of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) office indicated in the public call for applications.

Applications and/or additional information postmarked after the closing date for receipt of applications will not be eligible for consideration.

Applications not fully completed as to certification, schedules or required documentation will not be recommended for further consideration.

Responsibilities of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

The CBSA is responsible for the calling of applications for specified locations by way of advertisements, for receiving, analysing and processing applications, and for making recommendations to the Minister of Public Safety.

After licensing by the Minister, the CBSA monitors and controls the ongoing operation of the highway sufferance warehouses.

Responsibilities of the Applicants

Applicants are responsible for:

The successful applicants may be responsible for the cost of providing full time customs service to the sufferance warehouses.

Application for licence to operate a customs sufferance warehouse

Security information

I/We hereby certify that all information provided with this application is true and should I/we be granted a licence to operate a customs sufferance warehouse, I/we will conform with all the provisions of the customs and excise laws and regulations, requirements and procedures for the operation for a customs sufferance warehouse.

Do not use this area

Note: This does not constitute a valid licence.


Field 1 Indicate with a checkmark if the application is for an original licence.

Field 2 Indicate amendments by referring to field numbers.

Field 3 The legally registered name of the company as shown on the security posted and, in the case of limited companies, as shown on the corporate seal.

Field 4 The Business Number (BN) is a unique 9-digit number and the standard identifier for businesses, provided by the CRA. A BN can be obtained here.

Fields 5 and 6 The full mailing address of the corporate head office including the postal or zip code. This address will be used for all correspondence concerning the application, and, after authorization is granted, all correspondence concerning the operations of the company.

Fields 7 and 8 Provide the name, title, and telephone number of the person(s) who should be contacted in regards to the general operations of the company. If the address(es) differs from the head office address, provide the address(es). Use an additional page if necessary.

Security information

Field 8 Indicate with a checkmark if a surety bond from a guarantee company or financial institution is posted as security.

Field 9 Indicate with a checkmark if Government of Canada bonds are posted as security. Where an applicant has chosen to submit Government of Canada bonds, Form Y76 is to be completed and submitted with the bonds and this application. Form Y76 may be obtained from any customs office.

Field 10 Indicate with a checkmark if security other than a surety or Government of Canada bond is posted. Identify the type of security being posted, i.e., cash or certified cheque.

Field 11 Indicate with a checkmark if security other than a surety or Government of Canada bond is posted. Identify the type of security being posted, i.e., cash or certified cheque.

Field 12 When surety bonds are posted as security, provide the full, legally registered name of the guarantee company or financial institution which issued the bond. Where applicable, provide the head office address of the guarantee company or financial institution. If not known, leave blank.

Field 13 Where applicable, indicate the bond number of the surety bond.

Field 14 Provide the amount of security.

Fields 15 and 16 The full mailing address of the warehouse including the postal code.

Field 17 Indicate the name of the company operating the warehouse, if different from field 3.

Field 18 Place a checkmark in the appropriate box.

Field 19 Metres/kilometres or yards/miles.

Field 20 Provide name of lessor, if applicable.

Field 21 Indicate type of goods, i.e., general merchandise, vaping products, tobacco products, spirits, firearms, weapons, ammunition, or prohibited devices, specific class of goods (CSA-LTL, household goods and personal effects, bulk and liquid products, etc.).

Field 22 Indicate type of cargo control document the goods will move on to warehouse, i.e., air waybill, rail billing, highway, or marine bill, freight forwarders' house bills.

Field 23 Indicate point(s) of entry into Canada.

Fields 24 and 25 Indicate applicable mode, i. e., air, rail, highway or marine.

Field 26 Indicate number of bays.

Field 27 Place a checkmark in the appropriate box(es). The completed application in triplicate and supporting documentation must be submitted to the customs office having jurisdiction over the area where the warehouse is located.

Schedule A - Site and Building Proposals


Supply detailed plans drawn to scale showing an overview of the area and the location of:


Note: Indicate if site and building are existing or planned.

Schedule B - Financial Stability

Where there is significant income from operating business(es), applicants should provide a current audited financial statement with an auditor's report prepared by a chartered accountant. For all other applicants the following should be completed and audited by an independent chartered accountant and accompanied by the auditor's report.

Statement of net worth of: (Name) as at (Date)



Net Worth (Shareholders' Equity in the case of a corporation)

Contingent Liabilities to Others

Total Capital to be Contributed or Invested

Additional Loans, Advances or Equity Contributions that would and could be made to the sufferance warehouse, if required, over and above the initial required Share Capital Contributions

Statement of Net Worth

Net Income (Loss) After Expenses

Gross Revenues Before Expenses Relative to the Above


I/We certify that the information above is a true and accurate representation of my/our net worth, and I/we hereby authorize whatever credit and other checks which may be required to ensure that the above information is true and accurate.


Applicants are required to submit corroborating evidence from third parties to substantiate items listed in their statement of net worth.

Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible to aid in the evaluation of their application.

Schedule C-1 - Employment/business experience

This form should be completed by the applicant or by each of the individuals who will be assuming responsibility for the day to day operations of the customs sufferance warehouse.

Current Employment Profile

Describe any experience you have in the following areas:

Schedule D - Pro-forma business plan

Applicants must provide a detailed business plan containing sufficient information for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to assess the viability of the proposed sufferance warehouse. To this end, the CBSA will require projected volume figures for the number of highway shipments to be received by the warehouse over a three year period. These volumes must be substantiated by corroborating data such as market surveys and letters of intent from potential clients along with an indication as to how the operator intends to capture a share of the market.

In addition to projected volume figures, the applicant must provide a detailed cash flow projection for the same three-year period.

While the application package specifies essential data required for the evaluation process, applicants are encouraged to provide as much information as they feel necessary to support their application.

Projected Volume of Shipments

Detailed projection — yearly cash flow



Cash Flow

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