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Implementing eManifest

eManifest Systems Deployment by Client Type

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recognizes that it will take time for the trade community to adjust to the new requirements for advance electronic trade data. Therefore, eManifest is being implemented over a number of years, by client type.

Highway carriers

The CBSA completed the deployment of electronic systems (Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and eManifest Portal) for highway carriers to transmit advance cargo and conveyance data in 2011.

An informed compliance period for highway carriers is in effect.

The CBSA will communicate when regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are expected to be in place, once confirmed, and at least 45 days in advance of the mandatory compliance date.

During the informed compliance period, carriers will not be denied entry to Canada or subject to penalties for reasons associated with eManifest non-compliance.

The CBSA will continue to assist clients in becoming eManifest-compliant through communications, outreach, compliance monitoring and other support activities.

Once regulations are in place, non-compliant carriers could be subject to penalties.

Rail carriers

The CBSA deployed EDI systems for rail carriers to transmit advance cargo and conveyance data in May 2012.

The CBSA will communicate when regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for rail carriers are expected to be in place, once confirmed, and at least 45 days in advance of the mandatory compliance date.

The CBSA strongly encourages all carriers to adopt eManifest requirements before they become mandatory.

Once regulations are in place, non-compliant carriers could be subject to penalties.

Freight forwarders

On June 9, 2013, the CBSA deployed electronic systems that allow freight forwarders in all modes of transportation to transmit advance house bill data to the CBSA.

A voluntary compliance period will remain in effect until eManifest-enabling regulations come into force. The CBSA will communicate when regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for freight forwarders are expected to be in place, once confirmed, and at least 45 days in advance of the mandatory compliance date.

Until the transmission of advance house bill data becomes mandatory, electronic supplementary reports will continue to be required in the air and marine modes, using an EDI method. Refer to mode-specific chapters of the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) for more information on supplementary reports.

Once the transmission of advance electronic house bill data becomes a mandatory requirement, freight forwarders, in the air and marine modes, will be required to transmit supplementary cargo data for consolidated Freight Remaining on Board (FROB) only.

Importers

The next deployment of eManifest functionality will enable importers to transmit advance trade data to the CBSA before goods arrive at the border. The system deployment schedule is currently under review and will be communicated to stakeholders when finalized.

Early Adopters

The CBSA strongly encourages clients to adopt eManifest requirements before they become mandatory to benefit from:

  • a modernized and more efficient commercial border process;
  • more time to prepare for eManifest requirements by conducting EDI systems testing, registering for access to the eManifest Portal, adjusting to eManifest processes and correcting problems;
  • the CBSA's online resources and client support, including eManifest requirements and Portal documentation; Webinars, workshops and presentations; an eManifest Help Desk and technical support units; compliance monitoring and support; and
  • a reduced likelihood of non-compliance when requirements become mandatory.