eManifest is Mandatory as of May 6, 2015
The final step in the Government of Canada’s regulatory process making eManifest mandatory for highway carriers, rail carriers and freight forwarders legally binding is now complete. On May 6, 2015, the necessary regulatory amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
- Background: eManifest is part of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Advance Commercial Information Program (ACI). ACI is a multi-phase program that, when fully implemented will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transport to electronically transmit both cargo and conveyance information to CBSA within specified timeframes. It will enable CBSA to more effectively analyze risk and identify threats prior to the arrival of cargo and conveyances in Canada. Low risk, legitimate trade will therefore become more efficient.
As eManifest is a significant change for businesses, the CBSA is providing a period of transition to assist carriers in becoming fully compliant. Timelines for the same can be found in the following links:
Highway Carriers: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/manif/reqhc-extr-eng.html
Freight Forwarders: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/manif/reqfrfwdrs-extransitaires-eng.html
Importers: It is not yet mandatory for importers to transmit advance trade data electronically as CBSA does not have the electronic systems in place. They are expected to be available in the fall of 2016. More detailed information about registration, testing and timelines will be communicated in a timely manner prior to becoming mandatory. Cole will keep you informed as information becomes available.
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