CBSA Reminder: Electronic House Bill Requirements Updated in January

In the beginning of the year, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) instituted several changes affecting goods moving to and through Canada. Below you will find a summary of what was changed, the types of shipments affected, and the exceptions and considerations allowed under the updated rule.

CBSA Rule Change

January 4, 2021 - The CBSA now requires electronic House Bills of Lading (eHBL) for several types of shipments transiting through Canada.

Types of Shipments Which Require eHBL

  • Goods discharged in Canada for U.S. destination after deconsolidation of container in Canada – eHBL will be required.

  • Goods discharged in Canada for release at the First Port of Discharge – eHBL will be required.

  • Goods discharge in Canada for release at an inland point – eHBL will be required.

CBSA has imposed a non-AMP (applied monetary penalty) period for 6 months after which, non-compliance to the regulations for filing electronic house bills to CBSA will result in penalties.

eHBL is required regardless of whether a shipment is a “Back to Back” Shipment (single House Bill shipments) or a “Buyer’s Consolidation” (where multiple House Bills are consolidated but destined to the same importer).


  • Goods discharged in Canada for U.S. destination where container remains intact – Supplemental cargo information or eHBL will be accepted.

  • FROB Cargo


  • If a consolidated primary cargo indicates in-transit, then all the house bills within the consolidation must be in-transit. Where this is the case, the in-transit flag should be activated.

  • Filers must be aware to what type of warehouse the shipment is destined. If cargo is destined to a “CW” warehouse (Consolidator/Deconsolidator/Freight Forwarder/Customs Broker Sufferance Warehouse), the consolidated indicator must be checked, and the sub location code of the warehouse must be included.

  • If the Cargo is destined to a rail or truck depot/terminal and is not going to be deconsolidated, the sublocation code for the rail or truck depot/terminal must be included.

  • If the issuer of the Prime CCN (aka “Master Bill”) includes a filer or broker code as a secondary notify party, additional cargo status can be received, i.e., Reported/Arrived/Deconsolidated when the warehouse submits their electronic messages to CBSA.

  • Bills of lading that are associated within the close message must be destined to the same CW warehouse. If any are flagged as consolidated, all must be consolidated. If any are flagged as in transit, then all must be in transit.

Vilden Associates is dedicated to delivering the highest value to our customers by insuring compliance with the latest rule changes and regulations. Vilden’s customers can be assured that our Customs filing services comply with the rule changes as instituted by the CBSA

Using Vilden's eCLEAR application, you can file directly with CBSA and many other Customs authorities from the office, home or anywhere with access.

If you have any additional questions concerning the updates imposed by CBSA, you are welcome to contact us at any time!