A consolidated shipment is defined as a number of separate shipments grouped together by a consolidator or freight forwarder and shipped to an agent or a freight forwarder as one shipment, under one bill of lading, and reported to Customs on one cargo control document (one shipper and one consignee)
A freight forwarder must be bonded to
submit a consolidated House bill. A non-bonded freight forwarder can only submit non-consolidated
House bills seeking release at First Port of Arrival (FPOA).
Note: From a CBSA standpoint, a consolidation exists when a number of smaller shipments are
forwarded to the same location, grouped together as one shipment by a carrier, consolidator or freight
forwarder and shipped to a carrier, an agent or a freight forwarder and reported to the CBSA under one
cargo control number (CCN).
A deconsolidation exists when a consolidated shipment is divided into individual shipments consigned to
individual consignees and reported to the CBSA on individual CCDs known as supplementary reports.