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Automated Import Reference System Verification Service

Maintenance notice

The following services may not be available on January 26, 2020 from 3 am to 7 am EST

Please contact the National Import Service Centre at 1-800-835-4486 if you have questions or need assistance.

Notice

As of February 2020, all importers and custom brokers must be using the secure AVS web link https://www.inspection.gc.ca/avs and the updated AVS Tech Specifications. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact the National Import Service Centre.

The Automated Import Reference System Verification Service (AVS) is designed to validate the coding of multiple Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) commodities in a single request for importers/brokers. It minimizes the number of rejected Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) requests due to incorrect entries, or missing or invalid AIRS coding in EDI transactions. AVS helps importers/brokers validate multiple commodities against the most current AIRS database. Within minutes, AVS identifies which line in a transaction, if any, is incorrect. In addition, AVS clearly indicates the line number in error, thereby eliminating the need for importers/brokers to contact the National Import Service Centre (NISC) to pinpoint the error.

Benefits of using AVS

Related links

AVS Webkey

To request an AVS Webkey please contact the CFIA EDI Coordinator and provide your Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) account security number.

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