Requirements for Highway Carriers

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General Requirements

With the implementation of eManifest, highway 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 one hour before the shipment arrives at the border.

For more information, refer to Memorandum D3-4-2, Highway Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements.

Implementation Timelines

eManifest requirements for highway carriers are mandatory and the CBSA continues to work with carriers on corrective measures to help them comply.

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) and will experience processing delays.

Transmission Options

To transmit advance cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA, highway carriers can choose to use an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method, recommended for high-volume carriers, or the eManifest Portal, developed primarily for small- to medium-sized businesses.

To transmit data using an EDI method, highway carriers and their service providers involved in the EDI process must apply to become EDI clients and undergo acceptance testing. A list of EDI software/service providers who have already completed testing of their software/service with the CBSA is available. For more information, refer to the notice "Information for highway carriers on becoming an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) client”.

To transmit data using the eManifest Portal, highway carriers must apply for a Shared Secret. For more information, refer to "How to Apply for a Shared Secret".

Data Requirements for Highway Carriers

Chapters 4 and 7 of the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) provide clients with eManifest data requirements, business rules and technical user information for submitting, changing, deleting and amending advance highway cargo and conveyance information for imported commercial goods (including in-bond shipments) using either EDI transmission methods (ECCRD – Chapter 4: ACI/eManifest Highway) or the eManifest Portal (ECCRD – Chapter 7: ACI/eManifest Highway Portal).

Clients using EDI:

To request a copy of the ECCRD – Chapter 4: ACI/eManifest Highway, contact the Technical Commercial Client Unit. Note: Although the CBSA is committed to both the ANSI X12 and UN/EDIFACT Electronic Data Interchange standards, please be advised that the current message implementation guides published by the CBSA contain some proprietary aspects.

Clients using the eManifest Portal:

A copy of the ECCRD – Chapter 7: ACI/eManifest Highway Portal is available online.

Carrier Codes

Highway carriers, regardless of how often they cross the Canadian border with commercial goods, are required to use a valid, CBSA-issued carrier code. Use of the generic itinerant highway carrier code 77YY was eliminated on March 31, 2011.

Additional Information

The following information is relevant to highway 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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