ACE – Automated Commercial Environment. (US Customs and Border Protection)
ACI – Advanced Commercial Information. (Canada Border Services Agency)
Barcode Labels – When attached to a commercial invoice barcode labels are used to identify specific shipments. See PAPS Barcodes and PARS Barcodes.
Border Services Officer (BSO) – Federal law enforcement officer employed by the Canada Border Services Agency to enforce customs and immigration-related legislation. This is the person in the border inspection booth and is usually addressed as “Officer”.
Cargo Control Number (CCN) – A number used by CBSA to identify a shipment. This is the same number as the PARS number.
Carrier Code – A designation identifying a carrier. Referred to as a Standard Carrier Alpha Code in the US and a Canadian Carrier Code in Canada.
Commodity – Goods being shipped.
Consignee – The entity who receives the shipment. Usually this is the buyer of the goods.
Conveyance – The power unit (vehicle) used for transporting.
Customs Broker – A licensed agent capable of providing authorities with the information and documentation necessary to clear goods through customs at the border.
Dangerous Goods – Hazardous substances such as explosives, flammable liquids and toxic substances that usually require the truck/trailer to display a placard. ACE and ACI eManifest require a contact name and number of a person or agency to contact in case of emergency. The shipment must also be identified with a UN number.
IIT – Instruments of International Traffic. An IIT is equipment such as racking or tote bins use to transport certain goods.
In Bond – refers to a shipment travelling thru the country and exiting the country at another port. No duty or taxes are paid however a T&E bond must be generated to track the shipment.
Load Broker – Also known as freight brokers they help those needing shipping services find truckers who can provide these services.
PAPS – Pre Arrival Processing System, the system used by U.S. Customs to process commercial shipments arriving from out of the country.
PAPS Barcodes – Labels or stickers used by U.S. Customs to identify specific commercial shipments.
PARS – Pre Arrival Review System, the system used by CBSA and ACI eManifest to process commercial shipment arriving from out of the country.
PARS Barcodes – Labels or stickers used by CBSA and ACI eManifest to identify specific commercial shipments.
Place of Loading – The City and State where the goods are first taken over by the carrier.
Port of Arrival – The physical location of entry into a country.
SCAC – Standard Carrier Alpha Code. A four letter code identifying a carrier. Used by eManifest Service Centre to submit a unique ACE eManifest for a specific carrier to CBP.
Shipment Control Number (SCN) – A number used by CBP and ACE eManifest to identify a shipment. This is the same number as the PAPS number.
Shipper – The organization originating the shipment. Not to be confused with the carrier, the shipper is the company where the load is to be picked up. The carrier is the trucking company hauling the shipment. It is possible for the shipper to also be the carrier as in a company that transports its own goods.
UN#- A four digit number that identifies the type of hazardous substance such as explosives, flammable liquids or toxic substances for international transport.