Customer Advisory Others

Canada Imports: APL ceases House BL service in September 2019

Following our advisory on 19 July 2019, please be informed that effective September 1, 2019, APL has ceased providing House Bill of Lading (HBL) service on cargo bound for Canada.

Please ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to transmit your HBL to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly, as APL will no longer transmit this data on your behalf. Effective September 1, 2019, all HBL CBSA submissions must also be received by APL’s origin offices by the locally advertised documentation cut-off time.

According to CBSA, it is mandatory for freight forwarders to provide HBL for all import, in-bond and in-transit cargo, and supplementary for Freight Remaining Onboard (FROB). The complete Customs Notice outlining the requirements is published online at

For more information, please contact your local APL representative.

Thank you for your business and continued support.