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Canada Bill of Lading

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How to complete a Bill of Lading for cross-border shipments between the U.S. and Canada

  • Check the Collect box if the shipment is not prepaid.
  • Enter the complete Shipper Information.
  • Enter the Consignee information.
  • Enter the Bill-to information (if it is different than the Shipper information).
  • Enter the Customs Broker information (note that Name is a required field).
  • Check the Guaranteed box if you want to ship using Guaranteed G! Service.
  • Enter complete Commodity information.
  • When entering the number of shipping units, the piece counts should be entered as the lowest external packaging unit.
    Example: a container containing 10 skids with 200 cartons should be manifested as 200 cartons
    • Check the HM box if the shipment contains Hazardous Materials.
    • Enter the kind of packaging and description of the articles.
      • Include a clear and concise description of the items you are shipping.
      • Use plain language to describe the characteristics of the commodity.
      • Include only information related to the actual item; do not include the type of packaging.
      • Part numbers, abbreviations or vague descriptions are not acceptable.
    • Enter the NMFC number.
    • Enter the shipment class.
    • Enter the weight of the shipment.

How to write the description of articles

  • Not Acceptable:
    • Appliances
  • Acceptable
    • Kitchen appliances
    • Industrial appliances
    • Heat pump
  • Not Acceptable:
    • Caps
  • Acceptable
    • Baseball caps
    • Blasting caps
    • Bottle caps
    • Hub caps
  • Not Acceptable:
    • Flooring
  • Acceptable
    • Wood flooring
    • Plastic flooring
    • Carpet
    • Ceramic tile
  • In NO CASE are the following descriptions acceptable:
    • Blank Description
    • Freight All Kinds (FAK)
    • General Merchandise
    • "26 pallets"
    • Various Retail Merchandise
    • Consolidated Cargo

For more information on commodity descriptions, go to: