Courier LVS (CBSA Cargo Exemption)

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Courier Low Value Shipment is a Canadian Shipment Type for goods to clear through the Canada Border Services Agency and in a ACI eManifest. It allows for the release of goods being imported under the Courier Low Value Shipment (LVS) Program by an approved courier.

To qualify the goods must have an estimated value of less than 2500 CAD and must not be prohibited, controlled or regulated. The goods must also be transported by an approved courier registered under the CBSA Courier LVS Program.

LVS Shipments in ACI eManifest

Courier LVS Shipments are required to be reported on an ACI eManifest.To report an LVS shipment the carrier will need to set the LVS exception code on either the truck, trailer or container, depending on where the LVS Shipment is loaded. This tells Customs that there is an LVS Shipment aboard. The carrier will not create an ACI Shipment to report the LVS Shipment, it must be reported using the exception code only. The example below shows how to report LVS shipments using BorderConnect's ACI eManifest software.[1]


If the LVS Shipment is the only thing being transported, the carrier can transmit the ACI eManifest with only the trip (conveyance) portion, and no ACI Shipments attached. Otherwise, the other shipments can be added and the manifest can be transmitted normally. At the border the driver will require the LVS Consist paperwork in addition to the ACI eManifest lead sheet.


Crystal Clear app clock.png In order to comply with ACI eManifest requirements you are required to ensure that both your eManifest and the shipments are on file with CBSA for at least one hour before the driver arrives at the border.


  1. CBSA description of the LVS program.