ACI - Marine Mode

Data Transmission

Data Transmission Format

Marine Conveyance, Cargo and Supplementary Cargo information may be transmitted in both ANSI and EDIFACT formats. For further information on ANSI and EDIFACT message standards, please refer to the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document entitled Advance Commercial Information Marine Client Document.

This section provides information regarding:

Cargo and Supplementary Cargo Reports can be transmitted in any order provided that they meet the timeframe requirements under the Advance Commercial Information program.

ACI Marine Time Frames

The Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program requires marine carriers to electronically transmit the marine Cargo Report and Supplementary Cargo Report (if applicable) to the CBSA 24 hours before loading the cargo at a foreign port (not including the U.S.). For cargo loaded in the U.S., the Cargo Report and Supplementary Cargo Report (if applicable) must be transmitted 24 hours before the arrival of the vessel at the first port in Canada.

Marine carriers are also required to electronically transmit a Conveyance Report to the CBSA before arrival. The time frame for the Conveyance Report depends on the type of cargo. In addition, Marine carriers are required to electronically transmit a Conveyance Arrival Certification Message (CACM).

If the voyage is less than 24 hours in duration, the Cargo Report, Conveyance Report and Supplementary Cargo Report (if applicable) must be transmitted before the departure of the vessel from the foreign port (including the U.S.). This requirement allows the CBSA to effectively identify threats to Canada's health, safety, and security prior to the arrival of cargo and conveyance in Canada.

The following chart summarizes the ACI time frames for transmitting Conveyance, Cargo and Supplementary Reports, and the Conveyance Arrival Certification Message:

Conveyance Report Transmission Time Frames
(cargo loaded in a country other than the U.S.)
Conveyances with containerized cargo 96 hours before arrival
Conveyances with break-bulk cargo 24 hours before arrival
Conveyances with bulk cargo 24 hours before arrival
Conveyances with empty marine containers 96 hours before arrival
Conveyances with a combination of goods described above 96 hours before arrival
Conveyance Report Transmission Time Frames
(cargo loaded in the U.S.)
Conveyances with containerized, bulk or break-bulk 24 hours before arrival
Conveyances with empty containers 4 hours before arrival
Cargo and Supplementary Report Transmission Time Frames
(cargo loaded in a country other than the U.S.)
Containerized cargo 24 hours before loading
Break-bulk cargo 24 hours before arrival
Bulk cargo 24 hours before arrival
Empty marine containers 96 hours before arrival
Cargo and Supplementary Report Transmission Time Frames
(cargo loaded in the U.S.)
Containerized, bulk or break-bulk 24 hours before arrival
Empty marine containers 4 hours before arrival
Conveyance Arrival Certification Message
Conveyance Arrival Certification Message The CACM must be transmitted at the time of arrival whether at anchor, at dock or berthed alongside at the nearest CBSA office designated for that purpose. Electronic arrival messages can be transmitted to the CBSA within a two (2) hour window, in the marine mode. This will allow marine carriers to send in their request for an arrival up to two hours in advance of their actual arrival at a Canadian port. This two-hour window is conditional on the vessel being within Canadian waters at the time the arrival request is submitted to the CBSA. Furthermore, the ‘actual date and time of arrival’ transmitted on the CACM must be the actual date and time the message is transmitted.

* If the duration of the voyage is less than the ACI time frame required, ACI reports must be transmitted before the departure of the vessel to a port in Canada.

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