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eManifest Regulatory Amendments Published by CBSA


The eManifest is an initiative by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) aimed to enhance cross-border commercial processes and represents the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program. The eManifest will change the processing of imported goods into Canada and, once fully implemented, will require carriers, freight forwarders, and importers in all modes of transportation to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill, and importer data to the CBSA.

According to CBSA’s website, “eManifest will make Canada's border processes more secure and compatible with North American and international standards, which is important for the business community and for Canada as a whole. The data required under eManifest are harmonized to the greatest extent possible with the World Customs Organization and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to reduce the administrative burden on business.”

On February 15, 2014, the proposed eManifest regulatory amendments were published in the Canada Gazette and will support mandatory transmission of cargo and conveyance data in the highway and rail modes, the transmission of conveyance arrival messages in air, marine, and rail modes, the transmission of electronic warehouse arrival messages, and the ability to apply all newly developed, applicable Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) penalties.

Internal and external stakeholders are asked to submit comments within 30 days of the Gazette publication. CBSA explains that, “the mandatory compliance date (coming into force date) cannot be confirmed until after the CBSA responds to comments received during the 30-day comment period and may also be affected by the normal regulatory process.” CBSA then has to provide a notice to the trade community at least 45 days prior to the enforcement date.

Freight Forwarders are to provide electronic house bill data and house bill close messages as follows:
Marine AirRail Highway
24 hours prior to loading or
arrival depending on type
and origin of goods
4 hours prior to
arrival or at time
of departure
2 hours prior
to arrival
1 hour prior
to arrival

According to the Gazette release, benefits will include the following:
Enhanced ability to identify unreported and high-risk containers
Facilitate the movement of low-risk shipments
Elimination of paper preparation
Shipments clearing customs in a timely manner- Waiting time saved at the border due to shorter processing time
Better tracking of in-bond movement
Greater transparency and delineation of liability for the clients
Centralization of targeting activities
CBSA officers are presented more relevant information to improve quality and speed of decision-making

The Gazette release can be viewed online at:
More information can be accessed at:

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