Tobacco Carrier Manifest

If you transport, in Québec, raw tobacco or packages of tobacco intended for sale, you must have a manifest or waybill for each load transported.

The manifest or waybill must be kept in each vehicle used for transporting tobacco and must contain all of the following information:

  • the date on which the document was drawn up;
  • the name and address of the person required to draw up the document and (if applicable) the number of the person's carrier permit;
  • the name and address of the vendor and the purchaser of the shipment;
  • the address at which the shipment was loaded, if the address is not the same as the vendor's address;
  • the date of loading and the date on which the person required to draw up the document took charge of the shipment;
  • the number of bales of raw tobacco transported and their total weight in kilograms, or the number of packages transported (according to product type);
  • every address at which the shipment is to be unloaded and the date of unloading, as well as the number of bales of raw tobacco, and their total weight in kilograms, to be unloaded at each place;
  • every address at which the shipment is to be unloaded and the date of unloading, as well as the number of packages of tobacco (according to product type) unloaded at each place.

If you are a merchant with more than one establishment, you must keep a manifest or waybill in each vehicle used to transport tobacco or raw tobacco from one establishment to another.

Fines may be imposed for non-compliance.

Inspection of transported tobacco

A police officer, or any person authorized by Revenu Québec, may, at any place and at any reasonable time, stop a vehicle for inspection, where there are reasonable grounds to believe that it contains packages of tobacco or raw tobacco. The person may also

  • require the driver to produce the manifest or waybill;
  • ask to see the copy of the carrier's permit, where applicable; and
  • examine the identification of the packages of tobacco being transported.

If the driver refuses to submit to the inspection or provide the requested documents, or has committed an offence, the officer or authorized person may order that the vehicle not be moved until a judge makes a ruling with respect to the search or seizure of the vehicle.

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