Timely Pre-arrival Data for Highway Carriers

All highway carriers are required to comply with Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) commercial reporting requirements for the movement and control of unreleased goods in Canada. Carriers who fail to comply may experience processing delays and/or be issued a penalty under the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS). Highway carriers are required to transmit both cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA at least one-hour prior to arrival at first point of arrival (FPOA). The CBSA must receive and validate cargo and conveyance data a minimum of one-hour before the shipment arrives at the border. Failure to do so may result in penalties being assessed on each non-compliant element.

Once pre-arrival data has been transmitted to the CBSA, changes do NOT ‘restart the clock'; only cancelling and re-submitting a transmission restarts the clock. Please refer to Commercial reporting requirements for additional information. In the event of a system outage, please refer to the joint CBSA/Industry System Outage Contingency Plan.

eManifest notices are a valuable tool in ensuring compliance with the Regulations as they allow carriers to see the status of their documents as they progress through the commercial continuum.

Carriers who choose to use Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or a service provider as their method for transmission are also eligible to apply for a CBSA Portal account, which is free of charge. A Portal account may aid carriers with compliance as it enables them to see the status of their shipments.

Questions or concerns related to commercial ACI compliance activities can be directed to the Carrier, Postal and Courier Compliance Unit: compliance_monitoring.verification_de_conformite@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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