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Accelerated Commercial Release Operation Support System (ACROSS)

(Canada Customs) A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) electronic data interchange (EDI) system that allows traders and brokers to file documents and transfer data to the CCRA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The system increases efficiency, decreases paperwork and speeds the release of shipments from Canada Customs. Shipment release information is provided to the CBSA through a computer-to-computer transmission rather than being submitted in a hard copy format on paper.
Under ACROSS, releases may be submitted in one of two methods, pre-arrival (PARS) or post-arrival and in any one of three following formats: The two most common cargo and release services, Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) and Appraisal Quality Release (AQ) are available through ACROSS. The Frequent Importer Release System (FIRST), however, is not currently supported by the system.
R.M.D. Data R.M.D. data describes basic shipment information such as who the goods were purchased by, to whom are they going, who are they from, when they shipped, the number of pieces, a general description of the goods imported (often times for enforcement purposes Customs will reject the release and ask for a better description) and a total value. Other basic information is also required.
Appraisal Quality “Appraisal quality” release data requires the transmission of the complete Canada Customs Invoice along with other basic data elements such as the transaction number, etc.
Appraisal Quality with H.S. The third type of release is appraisal quality with the Harmonized System tariff number attached. This is beneficial, when the importer, exporter and carrier of the goods all have good compliance records and have been approved by Customs for machine release.
For more information, go to: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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