University of Saskatchewan

Financial Services Division (FSD)

Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS)

University Employees Transporting Goods from Canada to the U.S.

The Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system designed to provide CBP with advance information on goods entering the U.S.  It expedites customs clearances, reduces traffic congestion at ports of entry and enables CBP to perform risk assessment and clearance in advance of goods arriving at the border. Carriers entering the U.S. at overland ports of entry along the Canada - U.S. border must utilize the Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS).

How Does This Affect Me?

If you are personally carrying or transporting goods from Canada across the U.S. border by truck or surface vehicle, it is mandatory to pre-notify Thompson, Ahern & Co. Ltd. (TACO) -  the university's custom broker, a minimum of FOUR (4) hours prior to the arrival of the vehicle at U.S. Customs.  If you are personally transporting your equipment or goods, you are considered to be the carrier.  Failure to pre-notify could subject you and the University to significant fines starting at $6,000.

To avoid delays and penalties, request a PAPS package from Purchasing Services well in advance of your travel date.  The PAPS package provides detailed instructions, barcodes and forms. 

Please note, that if the shipment is handled by a bonded carrier (courier, truck or air) they will handle the requirements for the university, with the exception of the proforma invoice (included in the PARS package) which must be prepared by the employee. 

BE AWARE that even though you may have followed all the correct steps, the customs officer at the border always reserves the right to inspect the vehicle and its contents.

Contacts for further information:

University of Saskatchewan
Purchasing Services
Joanne Borys
Tel: (306) 966-6713
Email: joanne.borys@usask.ca

Thompson, Ahern & Co. Ltd.
6299 Airport Road, Suite 506
Mississauga, ON L4V 1N3
Tel: 1-866-778-4460
Fax: 1-866-769-4760
Email: usask@taco.ca