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Canada Customs Mandatory Data for Canadian Shipments

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced implementation timelines for mandatory data requirements. This requirement applies to all northbound rail shipments to Canada, including shipments originating in Mexico.

Effective July 10, 2015, CBSA requires the following information to be included in rail carrier waybill instructions:

  • Full civic (physical) address for ALL parties included on the waybill, including Canadian postal code or U.S. ZIP code

Failure to provide this required information for all waybill parties could result in shipments being held at the Canadian border awaiting proper information.

Please contact BNSF's Border Support Team at 800-850-2617 or for questions, or your BNSF Marketing Representative.

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