The Canadian eManifest regulation, the 3rd phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) initiative, has come into effect beginning November 7th adding additional cargo security requirements for Canadian importers.

When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers, in all modes of transportation, to electronically transmit pre-arrival information to the CBSA within given time frames. The Canadian eManifest contains many overlapping elements with the current ACI filing but expands upon many fields not previously required in reporting.

Canadian Border Service advised 3 methods of to transmit house bill and close messages: EDI, service provider and eManifest Portal. The eManifest portal is a cloud-based, free of charge, secure transmission option available on the CBSA website. Set-up for a direct EDI link requires several months of preparation and approval from the Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU). Third-party service providers have already been tested by TCCU and these companies appear on the CBSA website.

Freight forwarders are also required to transmit a house bill ‘close’ message once all house bills within a consolidated shipment have been sent to the CBSA. The Close message is used to initiate the link between the parent and child documents in CBSA’s system. Marine shipments must have house bill and supplementary cargo data submitted electronically 24-hours prior to loading at last foreign port while air shipments mist have the data filed 4 hours prior to arrival or at the time of departure. Rail will require eManifest data 2 hours prior to arrival in Canada and cargo moving over the highway will require 1 hour prior submission.

Up until January 10th, 2017 the CBSA will provide freight forwarders with a period of transition during which penalties for non-compliance will not be issued and the CBSA will work closely with freight forwarders on corrective measures. From January 11, 2017, to July 11, 2017, freight forwarders deemed to be noncompliant with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS). Beginning July 12, 2017, freight forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties.

In addition to any monetary penalties assessed by AMPS, failure to comply with eManifest requirements will result in cargo halted and examined at the first point of arrival in Canada as opposed to other CBSA examination that can be conducted at an inland CBSA office or approved inland destination.

For more information about eManifest compliance and how it will affect your Canada-bound cargo, please contact your local Worldwide Logistics representative.