Requirements for Rail Carriers

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General Requirements

With the implementation of eManifest, rail carriers transporting goods into Canada are required to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA prior to arrival. The cargo and conveyance data must be received and validated by the CBSA a minimum of two hours before the conveyance arrives at the border.

For more information, refer to Memorandum D3-6-6, Rail Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirments.

To advise the CBSA that the train has physically arrived in Canada, the carrier operating the conveyance must transmit an electronic Conveyance Arrival Certification message. This message must be sent without delay after arrival in Canada, once the train crosses the border at the 49th parallel.

Implementation Timelines

eManifest advance information and Conveyance Arrival Certification Message (CACM) requirements for rail carriers are mandatory.

On May 6, 2015, regulatory amendments supporting the eManifest initiative were published in the Canada Gazette Part II.

Beginning January 11, 2016, carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary penalties under the CBSA's Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).

Transmission Options

Rail carriers must transmit data to the CBSA using EDI methods only. They cannot use the eManifest Portal. Carriers 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.

Data Requirements for Rail Carriers

eManifest data requirements, business rules and technical user information for transmitting, changing, deleting and amending information are provided in the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) – Chapter 3: ACI/eManifest Rail. To request a copy, contact the CBSA's Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU).

Legacy Service Options (SO) 141 and 133 do not meet the eManifest requirements and should no longer be used. Beginning January 11, 2016, rail carriers not transmitting using SO 984 for cargo and SO 992 for conveyance may be issued monetary AMPS penalties.

Detailed information on transmitting a Conveyance Arrival Certification Message (CACM) is available in the ACI/eManifest Non-Highway Conveyance Arrival Certification Message Implementation Guide. A copy can be requested by contacting the TCCU.

Note: The TCCU will respond to transmission-related enquiries. For all other eManifest-related enquiries, refer to eManifest client support and contact information.

Additional Information

The following information is relevant to rail carriers. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list and information may be added or changed as eManifest is implemented.

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