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What is the WACM Message? The WACM message is a component of the Release Notification System (RNS) of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The WACM message is sent by a warehouse operator to the Canada Border Services Agency when an unreleased consignment headed to the warehouse finally arrives.
What is The Deconsolidation Notice? The electronic notice from the CBSA informs carriers, warehouse operators, and freight forwarders that CBSA has approved the transfer of cargo control from a consolidated shipment to the associated separate secondary house bills as provided by the freight forwarder.  The Deconsolidation Notice is just
A Port Community System (PCS) refers to an open and neutral platform that connects multiple systems, thus enabling the secure and intelligent exchange of information between the different organizations that make up an airport or seaport community. It is a shared platform that is organized and used by public
Section 321 is a shipment type used in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ACE system that allows low-value shipments of <=$800 USD to be cleared through the border without paying duty or tax. To qualify for Section 321 shipment type any goods being imported into the US should
Single Window Requirements The Single Window is an intelligent platform that makes it possible for importers, exporters and government agencies to exchange information easily and efficiently. The single window requirements can typically be classified into three stages; Pre-arrival, Arrival, and Post Arrival. Pre-Arrival Checklist Some of the documentation required
For the majority of certificates of origin created around the world most of them are completed manually ie.  filled out by hand. Exporters then have to take them to the Chambers of Commerce who would then stamp them to be certified. But in a business environment that is forever
A Container Freight Station refers to a facility that consolidates or de-consolidates freight before preparing such freight for the next leg of its journey. Most CFS will be located close to ports of entry such as airports, ocean container ports and major railway hubs.  In the US, a CFS
Since January 2019, it has been mandatory to file advanced eManifest for Section 321 shipments which are shipments with a value of $800 or less. While all shipments that qualify for Section 321 shipments may enter the United States tax and duty-free, the trucker or highway carrier needs to
Every carrier (including ocean, highway and air)  entering the United States or Canda has to complete an electronic eManifest. Otherwise, the authorities (CBP or CBSA) will force the carrier to go back immediately when it arrives at the border (or even before loading the cargo at the foreign port