PARS is a bar coded label system used to expedite the clearance of goods into Canada. The labels are sequentially numbered. One label is required for each transaction at the Canadian border. These labels are in a Canada Customs & Revenue Agency CCRA approved format.
In order to import goods into Canada using either PARS or a Cargo Control Document A8A, a transport code must be aquired from Canada Border Services Agency. You can download the application form here or you can contact CBSA Ottawa office at: Canada Customs
There is no cost for the code. The code is usually assigned within 48 hours of the receipt of the the application.
Standard format is “Singles” - 1 label per transaction number.
THERE ARE 3 KEY ELEMENTS TO A PARS LABEL:
1.) Carrier Code - this is a 4 digit numeric or
alphanumeric code that is obtained by applying to CCRA. 2.) Sequential start number - each PARS label is sequentially numbered.
There is no specific length for this number, but the recommendation is 6 digits. 3.) Customer name - there is a 20 character limit including spaces and punctuation.
A name is not mandatory on PARS labels, but it is a no-charge option.
HOW ARE PARS LABELS SUPPLIED:
The labels measure 3-1/16” wide by 0.8” tall, and are
supplied 40 per sheet. Sheet size is 8-1/2” x 12-1/4”.
Optionally, you can order PARS labels supplied on a roll.
HOW TO ORDER PARS LABELS:
Ordering is easy, just let us know:
a.) Your 4 digit carrier code.
b.) The start number you would like us to use.
c.) Customer name that you require.