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C Rate
A class code indicating SCR as used in the rate class box of the AWB.

C-TPAT
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary, joint effort between the United States government and businesses involved in importing goods into the United States. Companies who achieve C-TPAT certification must have a documented process for determining and alleviating risks throughout their international supply chain. This allows companies to be considered low risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo, including fewer Customs examinations. Learn more about CTPAT

CADEX - Customs Automated Data Exchange 
A computer network that enables customs brokers and importers to transmit entry data including duty and tax information to CBSA electronically.

CAF (Currency Adjustment Factor)
A freight surcharge or adjustment factor imposed by an international carrier to offset foreign currency fluctuations.

Carrier
An individual, partnership, or corporation engaged in the business of transporting goods or persons.

Cash Discount
A discount frequently offered to purchasers in exchange for prompt payment of invoices. May be deducted from the Value for Duty when the discount is taken.

CBSA - Canada Border Services Agency
The Government Agency mandated to control the import and export of goods into and out of Canada and to protect the health and safety of Canadians. Often referred to as Canada Customs.

CCD - Cargo Control Document
This document is used to report cargo being imported to CBSA and, to some extent, replicates information found on the truck bill of lading, airwaybill or ocean bill of lading. It is no longer mandatory in all situations. 

CCI - Canada Customs Invoice
A form which details all shipment information pertinent to the CBSA.  While use of the actual form is no longer mandatory, all data elements included in the CCI is mandatory for shipments valued at over $1,600 (Canadian Funds).  You can obtain a copy of the form online from our Download Center.

Certificate of Origin
Form required when claiming a preferential tariff treatment. Must be completed by the exporter of the goods.

CFR (Cost and Freight)
The seller/exporter/manufacturer clears the goods for export and delivers them on board the ship at the port of shipment. This is where the risk passes from the seller to the buyer.

CI - Commercial Invoice
For shipments valued up to $1,600 (Canadian Funds), CBSA will accept the shipper's own commercial invoice document. Also referred to sometimes as a "Pro Forma Invoice". As long as it contains all the required data elements, the CI may also be used in place of or to supplement the CCI. Note: Depending on the context, the term "CI" may also refer to Customs Inspector. 

CIF (Cost, Insurance, Freight)
The seller/exporter/manufacturer clears the goods for export and delivers them on board the ship at the port of shipment where the risk passes from the seller to the buyer.

CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid)
The sellar/exporter/manufacturer clears the goods for export and is responsible for delivering goods to the carrier at an agreed upon place of shipment (not the destination).

CITT - Canadian International Trade Tribunal
An independent administrative tribunal that holds hearings, and issues decisions, relating to appeals under section 67 of the Customs Act.

Classification Number
A 10-digit number, assigned to goods enumerated in the Customs Tariff that identifies imported goods. The first six digits represent the International Harmonized System (HS) Code, the seventh and eighth digits are subdivisions for customs purposes, and the remaining two digits represent a statistical suffix used by Statistics Canada. See also HS.

Commercial Goods
Goods imported into Canada for sale or for any commercial, industrial, occupational, institutional, or other similar use.

Compliance Verification
The term designated by CBSA for their compliance audit processes.

Container
A container is an ISO standardized utility designed especially for the transportation of goods with several means of transportation without transshipment.

Countervailing Duty
A duty levied under the Special Import Measures Act on subsidized goods where it has been determined that importing such subsidized goods has caused, is causing, or is likely to cause material injury to the production in Canada of like goods.

Courier
A commercial carrier that is engaged in the scheduled international transportation of shipments of goods other than goods imported by mail.

CPT (Carriage Paid To)
An international trade term of sale in which, for the quoted price, the seller/exporter/manufacturer clears the goods for export, delivers them to the carrier, and is responsible for paying for carriage to the named place of destination.

CRA - Canada Revenue Agency
The Government Agency mandated to collect taxes.

CSA - Customs Self-Assessment
CBSA streamlined accounting and payment program in which approved applicants who have made an investment in business systems and customs compliance, account for their goods using their own business systems to initiate trade data reports and self-assess duties and taxes owing.

Customs Duty
Duties imposed on goods at the rates specified in the Customs Tariff. (see also Excise duty.)

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