Orders In Council (CBSA Shipment Type)

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How to create an Orders In Council shipment in ACI using BorderConnect.

An Orders in Council Shipment is a Canadian Shipment Type for goods to clear through CBSA and an ACI eManifest. It allows for the release of goods exempted from regular clearance processes by an Order in Council.

An Orders in Council is a special type of legislation which, in the context of importing goods to Canada via highway carrier, may grant goods exemptions to regular clearance requirements not otherwise provided for in the Customs Act. To qualify the conditions outlined in the particular Order in Council must be met, and the carrier must be able to provide the OIC number of the Order in Council.

An Order in Council commonly used by highway carriers is the Courier Imports Remission Order, which allows for the release of shipments valued at 20 CAD or less, subject to some restrictions including alcohol and tobacco products. The OIC number for this Order is 85-2955.[1]

Declaring an Orders in Council Shipment in ACI eManifest

Orders in Council Shipments are required to be reported on an ACI eManifest.[2] To report an Orders In Council Shipment the carrier will need to create an ACI Shipment designated as non-CSA (or "Orders In Council" if using BorderConnect's ACI eManifest software), and ensure that the shipment is transmitted as part of their ACI eManifest.


Although an Orders In Council Shipment is different from a PARS shipment, the carrier will still need to provide a unique Cargo Control Number, as well as all other information normally required for an ACI Shipment including Shipper, Consignee and Commodity information.

At the border, the driver must also present a completed A8A for the shipment with the OIC number for the Order in Council exempting the goods marked in the "Acquittal No" field.