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eManifest Changes in Commercial Goods Entering Canada

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Information for U.S. Shippers: eManifest requirements for commercial shipments

The CBSA’s eManifest initiative is changing the way commercial goods coming into Canada are processed.

An informed compliance period for highway carriers is in effect. Regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are expected to be in place in Fall 2013. The CBSA anticipates being able to provide carriers as much as 45 days advance notice of the mandatory compliance date. Once the regulations are in place, highway carriers must provide electronic cargo and conveyance data to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in advance of arriving at the Canadian border.

The CBSA encourages shippers to assist highway carriers in meeting eManifest requirements.

To do this, shippers are asked to provide all customs commercial invoice information to carriers about shipments destined to arrive in Canada by truck. Examples of customs commercial information that shippers may provide to carriers include:

  • Shipper name and address
  • Consignee name and address
  • Delivery name and address (if different from the Consignee)
  • Cargo description, packaging type and quantity
  • Gross weight of shipment
  • Customs Self Assessment (CSA) information (if applicable to the cargo)

For more information on eManifest requirements and client support, visit the CBSA Web site at
www.cbsa.gc.ca.

(see PDF: info-for-u.s.-shippers.pdf)

 

Preparing for eManifest – A Checklist for Highway Carriers

eManifest, the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program is enhancing the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) ability to identify potential threats to Canada, while facilitating the movement of low-risk shipments across the border. With the implementation of eManifest, the CBSA must receive and validate highway carriers’ electronic cargo and conveyance data a minimum of one hour before shipments arrive at the border.

Informed Compliance Period

An informed compliance period for highway carriers is in effect. During the informed compliance period, carriers will not be denied entry to Canada or subject to penalties for reasons associated with eManifest non-compliance, but will be informed of the requirement to transmit advance highway cargo and conveyance data.

Regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are expected to be in place in Fall 2013. The CBSA anticipates being able to provide carriers as much as 45 days advance notice of the mandatory compliance date.

Once regulations are in place, non-compliant carriers could be subject to penalties.

Adopt now before it becomes mandatory

Highway carriers can now transmit electronic pre-arrival data to the CBSA. The Agency strongly encourages clients to adopt eManifest requirements before they become mandatory.

Early adopters benefit from:

  • more time to adjust to eManifest processes and correct problems;
  • comprehensive online resources and client support; and
  • reduced likelihood of non-compliance when requirements become mandatory.

What you need to do

  Ensure you have a valid CBSA-issued carrier code and that the CBSA has your current company contact information.

  Choose a transmission option for pre-arrival reporting. They are:

1.  the Internet-based eManifest Portal, developed by the CBSA primarily for small- to medium-sized businesses; and
2.  Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) methods. To transmit your eManifest data using an EDI method, you must apply to become an EDI client. Some EDI methods require testing with the CBSA’s eManifest Technical Support Unit (TSU) which can take a
minimum of two to three months to complete. A list of EDI software/service providers
who have already completed testing of their software/service with the CBSA is available on the CBSA Web site.

  Consult the applicable chapters of the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements
Document for technical information about submitting, changing, deleting and amending advance highway cargo and conveyance information.

Tools and resources

  Go to the eManifest section of the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca regularly for the most up-to-date information.
  Sign up online for free eManifest Webinars and request presentations by e-mail.
  Subscribe to the CBSA RSS news feed to be notified of important eManifest updates.

Client Support and Contact Information

E-mail and telephone support is available:

For general eManifest information, call the Border Information Service

  • toll-free within Canada: 1-800-461-9999
  • outside Canada: 1-204-983-3500 or 1-506-636-5064
  • TTY within Canada: 1-866-335-3237

For e-mail support on eManifest policy and processes, as well as eManifest Portal Shared Secret applications, contact the eManifest Help Desk at eManifest-manifestelectronique@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

For detailed technical support, contact the eManifest Technical Support Unit by e-mail at: TSU.UST@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
by phone at: 1-888-957-7224 and press 2 (toll-free within Canada and the U.S)

www.cbsa.gc.ca

(see PDF: preparing-for-eman_chklist-for-hwy.pdf)

10 Things Highway Carriers Need to Know About eManifest

1. With the implementation of eManifest, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) must receive and validate highway carriers’ electronic cargo and conveyance data a minimum of one hour before commercial goods arrive at the border.

2. An informed compliance period is in effect. Regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are expected to be in place in Fall 2013. The CBSA anticipates being able to provide carriers as much as 45 days advance notice of the mandatory compliance date.

3. During the informed compliance period, the CBSA will monitor highway compliance with eManifest and provide feedback to non-compliant carriers.

4. During the informed compliance period, carriers will not be denied entry to Canada or subject to penalties for reasons associated with eManifest non-compliance.

5. In Fall 2013, eManifest highway carrier requirements are expected to be mandatory and non- compliant carriers could be subject to penalties.

6. Highway carriers can choose between two options to transmit their cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA: 1) the eManifest Portal or 2) an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method (Value Added Network, Customs Internet Gateway, Direct Connect to the CBSA and Third Party Service Providers).

7. On arrival at the border, drivers are required to present an eManifest lead sheet to the CBSA officer.

8. Release processes will not change with the implementation of eManifest and carriers must continue to provide importers/customs brokers with advance release data/documents for goods being released at first point of arrival.

9. For e-mail support on eManifest policy and processes, as well as eManifest Portal Shared Secret applications, contact the eManifest Help Desk at:
eManifest-manifestelectronique@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

10. For detailed eManifest technical support, contact the eManifest Technical Support Unit:
 by e-mail at: TSU.UST@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
 by phone at: 1-888-957-7224 and press 2 (toll-free within Canada and the U.S.)

For more information, visit the eManifest pages of the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.

(See PDF: 10-things-hwy-carriers-need-to-know-about-eman.pdf)

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