(Canada Customs) A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) (formerly the Canada Customs Revenue Agency (CCRA) border cargo release mechanism for those importers with RMD (Release on Minimum Documentation) privileges that expedites the release of low-risk, low revenue, repetitive commercial shipments to Canada. The release information can be submitted in either paper format or by Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). PARS allows the processing of goods that require permits, licenses and certificates.
The Canadian PARS system is similar to the U.S. Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) system, but where PAPS applies to shipments from Canada to the U.S., PARS applies to shipments from the U.S. to Canada.
The cargo control number is the key element of the PARS process and must be in a bar-coded format on paper release requests presented to customs for pre-arrival review. The carrier supplies the barcodes.
The PARS service option is available for goods imported into Canada by different modes of transport:
PARS For goods arriving by highway and cleared at the border;
InPARS For goods cleared at an inland highway “sufferance warehouse”;
RailPARS For goods arriving by rail;
MarinePARS For goods arriving by ocean or marine freight; and
AirPARS For goods arriving by air freight.
For more information, go to the Canada Border Services Agency Web site at: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.