2013-14 Departmental Performance Report - Canada Border Services Agency

ARCHIVED - Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects - eManifest

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eManifest is modernizing and improving cross-border commercial processes. When fully implemented, eManifest will require all carriers, freight forwarders and importers to send advance commercial information about their shipments electronically to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The collection and risk assessment of pre-arrival data will improve the CBSA's ability to detect high-risk shipments before they arrive at the border. At the same time, low-risk, legitimate trade will be able to cross the border more efficiently. eManifest makes 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.

Project Phase:


Sponsoring and Participating Departments and Agencies

  • Sponsoring Department
    • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Contracting Authority
    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Public Works and Government Services Canada
    • Shared Services Canada
  • Participating Department(s)
    • N/A

Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)

  • Prime Contractor
    • N/A
  • Major Subcontractor(s)
    • N/A

Major Milestones

  • Major Milestone
    • To improve knowledge and capacity to risk assess, implemented pre-arrival reporting of House Bills and Close Messages.
    • To improve communication with Trade Chain Partners, implemented Manifest Forward notices to TCP's.
    • To increase compliance by Trade community, implemented Electronic conveyance arrivals in air and marine mode.
  • Date
    • Implemented June 2013

Project Outcomes:

eManifest has the following immediate outcomes:

  • Enhance the CBSA's capacity to provide a pre-arrival risk determination prior to the arrival of goods in Canada;
  • Improve the efficiency of administering pre-arrival determinations by using an improved risk assessment capability;
  • Provide the CBSA with the ability to conduct more effective enforcement activities;
  • Enable the CBSA to provide faster, more efficient frontline processing for commercial trade; and
  • Enable the CBSA, Participating Government Agencies and Trade Chain Partners (TCPs) to evolve toward an automated eCommerce importation process, which is in line with international standards.

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances:

  • System functionality for the transmission of cargo and conveyance data from highway and rail carriers is in place.  An informed compliance period is in effect.  The CBSA will communicate when regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway and rail carriers are expected to be in place, once confirmed, at least 45 days in advance of the mandatory compliance date.  The CBSA continues to assist clients in becoming eManifest-compliant through communications, outreach, compliance monitoring and other support activities. 
  • In June 2013, the CBSA deployed electronic systems that allow freight forwarders in all modes of transportation to transmit advance house bill data to the CBSA.  The CBSA continues to work with freight forwarders during the voluntary period to ensure they are eManifest ready once regulations to enforce the requirements become mandatory.

Industrial Benefits:

  • As eManifest will help provide CBSA officers with the right information at the right time, Canadian industry will benefit from more predictability at the border and from streamlined release processes. This will enable both industry and the CBSA to manage commercial import volumes more effectively. In addition, eManifest functionality will enable the efficient movement of goods through secure cross-border processes. With improved controls along the supply chain continuum, the CBSA can more efficiently allocate resources to ensure that integrated border services further national security and safety priorities, while continuing to facilitate the flow of low-risk people and goods.
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