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Ottawa, Ontario, November 1, 2010 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the implementation of the first stage of the eManifest initiative, a major Crown project that will change the way commercial goods coming into Canada are processed.
As of today, electronic data interchange (EDI) systems are now available for highway carriers who can now transmit their pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA before arriving at the border.
"eManifest is part of the overall measures the CBSA is putting in place to enhance the safety and security of Canadians and international trade while streamlining cross-border processes," said Cathy Munroe, Vice-President, Programs Branch. "Moving goods quickly, reliably and securely across the border is critical to Canada's prosperity and economic competitiveness."
This advance information will allow border services officers to detect potential health, safety and security risks before goods reach Canada. It will also allow low-risk, legitimate goods to cross the border more efficiently.
This first milestone is one of several more to come. In 2011, the CBSA will offer a secure eManifest Portal transmission option that will allow for the electronic transmission of highway carrier data through the Internet. Then later in 2011, eManifest will be offered in the rail mode and then to freight forwarders. Importers in the marine mode may begin transmission of advance trade data in 2012.
When fully implemented, eManifest will be a virtually paperless process that starts before shipments even reach the border.
For more information on eManifest, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.
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