Four Week Wait For ACI eManifest Registration

Despite a significant backlog in the ACI eManifest registration process, all indications are that Canada Border Services Agency plans to move forward with the November 1, 2012 implementation date. The impact of this on carriers who have not yet registered, and who plan to continue conducting cross-border business beyond November 1, could be catastrophic.

With only 10% of carriers fully registered as ACI eManifest participants, it is expected that the four week CBSA backlog in processing registration applications is expected to become even longer. With the implementation date only six weeks away, this leaves very little time for carriers to get set-up and become compliant.

High level CBSA representatives recently confirmed what has been published on their website and in handout literature for some time now, that carriers that arrive at the border without having electronically submitted all required data, at least one hour prior to arrival, will be denied entry.

It is very important for carriers to understand that there is no quick fix in the event of this occurrence. You cannot just walk over to a customs broker and have them enter your information. The only way to ensure that you do not get turned around at the border is to become registered and fully compliant prior to November 1,2012. That means that you must act now.

Carriers planning to file their eManifest through the CBSA eManifest Portal may also wish to get set-up with a Pacific Customs Brokers eManfiest account as an alternative option. In the event that the CBSA eManifest Portal fails, Pacific Customs Brokers could be your backup plan.

Please keep in mind that it will take Pacific Customs Brokers the same amount of time to register your company with CBSA - four weeks, so it is in your best interest to act now. There is no fee for setting up your account. We will only charge you when filing an eManifest on your behalf. Please contact us for further information.

Have questions? Leave them in our comments section below or attend an ACI eManifest Information Session on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am and 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

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