Under eManifest, freight forwarders are required to transmit advance house bill data electronically to the CBSA. The data must be received and validated by the CBSA prior to arrival, within the prescribed mode-specific time frames.
On June 9, 2013, the CBSA deployed new electronic systems that allow freight forwarders in all modes of transportation to transmit advance house bill data on consolidated freight to the CBSA.
On May 6, 2015, regulatory amendments supporting the eManifest initiative were published in the Canada Gazette Part II. The publication of these regulatory amendments made eManifest requirements for freight forwarders legally binding.
Following a voluntary compliance period, the implementation timeline below applies to eManifest requirements for freight forwarders to electronically transmit advance house bill data on consolidated freight to the CBSA within the prescribed mode-specific time frames:
- November 7, 2016, to January 10, 2017, the CBSA will provide freight forwarders with a period of transition during which penalties for non-compliance will not be issued and the CBSA will work closely with freight forwarders on corrective measures.
- January 11, 2017, to July 11, 2017, freight forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA's Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
- Beginning July 12, 2017, freight forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties.
The CBSA is providing detailed information through Customs Notice 16-17 Mandatory Electronic House Bills.
Carrier Code Requirement
With the implementation of eManifest, freight forwarders will require a CBSA-issued, 8000-series carrier code (a four-character code that begins with an 8) to transact business with the CBSA, including the advance electronic transmission of house bill / supplementary data. Detailed information on obtaining a CBSA-issued carrier code is available in the Commercial Carriers section of the CBSA Web site.
Freight forwarders and their service providers who would like to become EDI clients and undergo acceptance testing must apply to the Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) by completing the BSF691 – Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Application for Advance Commercial Information (ACI) form. To receive information on the EDI testing procedures and the test package, contact the CBSA's Technical Commercial Client Unit.
eManifest Portal registration information for freight forwarders, including how to apply for a Shared Secret, is available on the CBSA Web site. Please note that supplementary cargo data cannot be submitted through the eManifest Portal. The ECCRD – Chapter 8: ACI/eManifest House Bill Portal is available on the CBSA Web site.
Data Requirements for Freight Forwarders
Chapters 5 and 8 of the ECCRD provide detailed information on eManifest data requirements, business rules and technical user information for transmitting, changing, deleting and amending advance house bill data using either EDI transmission methods (ECCRD – Chapter 5: ACI/eManifest House Bill) or the eManifest Portal (ECCRD – Chapter 8: ACI/ eManifest House Bill Portal). Business rules and technical user information for transmitting, changing, deleting and amending supplementary cargo data remain within the mode-specific air and marine chapters of the ECCRD.
Electronic systems deployed by the CBSA on June 9, 2013, introduced a Manifest Forward feature for house bill data. This feature allows freight forwarders to identify other parties (e.g. carrier, freight forwarder, warehouse operator and broker) within the trade chain to whom the CBSA can forward an electronic copy of house bill data. Future CBSA electronic systems will expand the Manifest Forward feature to other data.
Clients using EDI:
Chapter 11: ACI/eManifest Notices of the ECCRD explains the features and business requirements needed to successfully send or receive a Manifest Forward. To request a copy of Chapter 11 or an application form to register for the Manifest Forward feature, contact theTechnical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU).
For information about the transmission of advance house bill data, request a copy of the ECCRD – Chapter 5: ACI/eManifest House Bill from the TCCU. EDI transmission-related enquiries can also be directed to the TCCU. For all other eManifest policy-related enquiries, refer to eManifest client support and contact information.
Clients using the eManifest Portal:
For information about the Manifest Forward feature, as well as the transmission of advance house bill data, the ECCRD – Chapter 8: ACI/eManifest House Bill Portal is available on the CBSA Web site.
The following information is relevant to freight forwarders. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list and information may be added or changed as eManifest is implemented.
- Auto-cancellation of Unused Cargo Control Numbers
- Consolidated- versus single-shipment data transmission requirements
- Examination at First Point of Arrival
- Guidelines for Post-arrival Manual Corrections for House Bill, Cargo and Conveyance Information (eManifest)
- In-bond Movement of Goods (end-state electronic process) – highway only
- Release at First Point of Arrival
- Third-party Transmission of an Importer Advance Trade Data Exception Indicator
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