Submitting import documents using the Electronic Longroom
The Electronic Longroom is an email and digital stamping service offered at some CBSA offices. Commercial clients can use this service instead of submitting certain paper requests in person.
On this page
- Overview and requirements
- Eligible / non-eligible submissions
- Submissions during systems outages
- Digital CBSA stamps
- Locations offering the service
- Related links
Overview and requirements
As a commercial client, the Electronic Longroom service offers you an alternative way to submit some documentation to the CBSA office. Instead of submitting paper packages in-person, you may submit certain information in a PDF file via email.
Existing legislation and policies continue to apply. For example, the Customs Brokers Licensing Regulations require brokers with an office at the port to submit release-related documentation.
To ensure smooth processing of your requests:
- include all required documents in the correct order
- provide an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Exception Lead Sheet for release requests, as per Memorandum D17-1-4, Release of Commercial Goods
- follow additional instructions and procedures specific to the port
Key requirements for email
- Take note of separate email addresses used at each CBSA office to differentiate cargo from release requests
- Format your subject line this way: "Request type - transaction number"
- For example, "RMD – 132432000123459"; "A48 - 123451900123459"; "BSF673 - 01428442347324"
- Transmit the paper request by attaching it as a PDF
- Only PDF attachments are permitted
- Use the transaction number to name your PDF
- For example, 123451900123459.pdf
- Note: The request type is not indicated in the file name, only in the email subject line
Eligible / non-eligible submissions
This section lists documents and requests that are eligible and non-eligible for the Electronic Longroom service.
Note: Please verify with the local office as not all documents are accepted at all locations.
Eligible submissions (may be sent by email)
- A8A(B) cargo control document (including remanifest and deconsolidation requests)
- A10 Cargo Control Abstract
- A30 Diversion Notice
- A6 General Declaration
- A6A Freight Cargo Manifest
- K36A Ships Stores
- BSF673 House Bill, Cargo and Conveyance Manual Correction Request
- B3-3 Canada Customs Coding Form
- Paper RMD/PARS (with EDI Exception lead sheet)
- Entered to Arrive (ETA) / Value Included (VI)
- A48 R.M.D. Correction
Non-eligible submissions (may not be sent by email)
- Release requests that must be sent in by EDI as per paragraph 41 of D17-1-4
- Regulated release requests requiring a hard-copy Kimberley Certificate or CITES Permit
Submissions during systems outages
Paper packages prepared in accordance with the System Outage Contingency Plan may be eligible for submission using the Electronic Longroom service.
Digital CBSA stamps
CBSA offices will return stamped documentation to clients by email to acknowledge and/or approve the request.
As the secure digital versions of the stamps are different from the physical stamps, the digital stamps are shared here for awareness.
Locations offering the service
The CBSA Directory indicates the offices that provide Electronic Longroom service. The directory will be updated weekly to indicate new offices that provide the service.
There are 2 services that form the Electronic Longroom initiative and each has a unique email address to support the triage of requests:
- e-Longroom: Manifest (ELR/MANIFEST) refers to a commercial office that offers email service for certain paper cargo requests and corrections
- e-Longroom: Release (ELR/RELEASE) refers to a commercial office that offers email service for certain paper release requests and corrections
Please consult the directory to locate participating offices and their email addresses.
- Commercial export: The basics of reporting commercial exports
- Importing goods into Canada: A guide to importing
- Commercial importing reporting requirements
- Other government departments and agencies: Reference list for importers
- CBSA Directory
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