Interim Measures and Issuance of ACI Penalties to Highway Carriers
Customs Notice 17-19

Ottawa, June 7, 2017
Revised on January 8, 2019

1. The Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest requirements for highway carriers have been mandatory since January 11, 2016 and carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP).

2. A CBSA turnaround policy exists for drivers in the highway mode, who arrive at a Canadian border point without Advance Commercial Information (ACI). The policy allows these drivers to turn around and return to the United States to properly report cargo information in order to meet ACI regulatory requirements and avoid penalties. The CBSA is extending the evaluation period for the turnaround policy until midnight December 31, 2019.

3. During the evaluation period, the CBSA will allow drivers in the highway mode (whether or not there is an outage) who arrive without ACI to return voluntarily to the United States to await transmission of both their conveyance and cargo information. No ACI penalties will be issued where a carrier returns to the United States.

4. During the evaluation period, the CBSA requests that highway carriers apply full due diligence to transmit ACI cargo and conveyance reports that are true, accurate and complete.

5. Where a carrier is provided an opportunity to return but chooses not to, or it is outside an outage period, penalties C378, C379 and C382 may be applied. The three penalties are:

6. The CBSA will monitor the frequency of returns, and may contact carriers who continue to be non-compliant to provide outreach to improve compliance.

7. For additional information regarding this Customs Notice, highway carriers can communicate with:
Compliance_Monitoring.Verification_de_Conformite@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

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