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5 Frequently Asked Questions About ACI eManifest | Part 3

As highway carriers struggle with the challenges presented to their business by ACI emanifest regulations and strive to get compliant, we frequently receive inquiries that need clarification. In the coming weeks, we'll feature five frequently asked questions about ACI eManifest. Jan Brock, recently retired Chief of Commercial Operations with Canada Border Services Agency for the Pacific Highway and Abbotsford Huntingdon districts and now a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada) will answer your questions about ACI emanifests and compliance.

So What Are Highway Carriers' Biggest Questions?

1. Will ACI eManifest Slow Down Processing Times With The Customs Broker?

ACI eManifest will not directly impact customs brokers as their process for entry submission will remain the same. That said, customs brokers will see an increase in volume as CBSA will no longer be accepting multiple shipments on one entry.

2. Do I Need To File An eManifest For An Empty Truck or Trailer?

Yes, with the exception of Customs Self Assessment (CSA) carriers, you must file an eManifest ?Conveyance Report? when driving an empty truck or pulling an empty trailer. Bobtail tractors (commercial motor vehicle not attached to a trailer) are exempt.

3. What Happens If I Arrive At The Border Without First Filing an eManifest?

From July 10, 2015 to January 10, 2016 carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA's Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).

Beginning January 10, 2016 carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements will be issued monetary AMPS penalties. Your goods will not be allowed to proceed past the FPOA without an eManifest submission.

4. What Are My After-Hours eManifest Submission Options For Trucks That Get Loaded Outside Of Office Hours?

When it comes to ACI eManifest submissions, there are no after hours. ACI eManifest can be transmitted 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. If you normally self-file ACI eManifest and are unable to do so outside of regular business hours, you may utilize a third-party service provider such as our Carrier Assistance who is ALWAYS OPEN.

5. How Do I File eManifest Correctly? 

Attend one of our upcoming ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars this fall to learn how to correctly file eManifest. In these 90-minute sessions we will answer questions, offer practical solutions and help with the ACI eManifest regulations in effect. For details and to register »

5 Frequently Asked Questions About ACI eManifest | Part 1
5 Frequently Asked Questions About ACI eManifest | Part 2
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Jan Brock

Jan Brock joined Pacific Customs Brokers in 2015 as a Senior Trade Advisor. She retired from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in 2015 after serving more than 37 years. Jan started her career with CBSA as a summer student in 1976 and worked part-time until she graduated from U.B.C. with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1980 . Shortly after graduating from U.B.C. Jan worked full time as an inspector with CBSA and within three years was promoted to Superintendent. She served some time in the Regional Operations office as an Operations Review Officer before she was promoted to Chief of Operations first at the Customs Mail Centre, then in the Metro District as the Commercial Chief and ending her career as a Chief at Pacific Highway Commercial Operations where she served as Chief from 1992 to 2015. During her career she was a member of the Customs Drug Team and a trainer in the National Enforcement Program. Jan also served as the Regional Coordinator Officer Powers and Use of Force for the Pacific Region. Jan served on many Commercial Program Reviews and committees both national and regional during her career and possesses an expansive knowledge of importing and exporting into and from Canada.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.