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BorderPrint FAQ

What is the difference between PAPS and PARS?

The difference between PAPS (Pre-Arrival Processing System) and PARS (Pre-Arrival Review System) bar code labels is that PAPS are used to enter commercially into the United States while PARS are used to enter commercially into Canada.

PAPS bar code labels also use a different bar code format than PARS bar code labels. PAPS uses the system standard Code 39 bar code, while PARS uses Code 128.

What is PAPS in trucking?

PAPS (Pre-Arrival Processing System) is a U.S. Shipment Type for goods to clear through CBP. It is the default shipment type for commercial goods entering the United States by truck.

An ACE electronic manifest must be processed using the PAPS as the shipment control number and a customs broker must also prepare the shipment for clearance using the PAPS number. Entry is requested by the customs broker electronically with U.S. CBP then when the driver arrives at the port it is then released, referencing the PAPS number provided by the carrier.

What is PARS in trucking?

PARS (Pre-arrival Review System) is a Canadian Shipment Type for goods to clear through CBSA. It is the default Shipment Type for commercial goods arriving in Canada by a highway carrier. That is, any goods transported by a highway carrier must clear under a PARS unless they qualify for another Shipment Type or other exemption.

An ACI eManifest must be processed using the PARS as the cargo control number and a Canadian customs broker must also prepare the shipment for clearance using the PARS number. Entry is requested by the customs broker electronically with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) then when the driver arrives at the port it is then released, referencing the PARS number provided by the carrier.

How do you get PARS stickers?

Once a highway carrier is approved to conduct business in Canada and with a corresponding provincial transportation authority (a CVOR in Ontario for example) the carrier can then apply for a bonded or non-bonded Highway Carrier Code with CBSA.

When a carrier has an approved Highway Carrier Code they can then order PARS stickers directly with BorderPrint using the first four alpha-numeric characters to start each sequential PARS bar code label.

How do you get PAPS stickers?

A highway carrier must first be able to conduct business in the United States with either a USDOT or MC number. Once the carrier is approved with the proper federal transportation authority they can then register for a Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) with the National Motor Freight Traffic Association.

When a highway carrier has an approved SCAC they can then order PAPS stickers directly with BorderPrint using the first four characters to start each sequential PAPS bar code label.

What does a PARS number look like?

A PARS (Pre-Arrival Review System) number always starts with an alpha-numeric Highway Carrier Code unique to each highway carrier. (ex. 12AB or 77YY). It is then followed by a unique number, usually as part of a sequence of unique cargo control numbers.

Some highway carriers prefer using the acronym "PARS" in-between the Highway Carrier Code and the sequential number. (ex. 12AB PARS 000955) as this helps carriers easily differentiate between PARS bar code labels and PAPS bar code labels. However, this method is not mandatory.

What does a PAPS number look like?

A PAPS (Pre-Arrival Processing System) number always starts with a four character SCAC (Standard Carrier Alpha Code) unique to each highway carrier. (ex. ABCD). It is then followed by a unique number, usually part of a sequence of unique shipment control numbers. (ex. ABCD 0001234).