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How ACI eManifest Affects Importers And Carriers

Beginning May 1, 2013, ACI eManifest regulations and requirements for shipments into Canada will be mandatory. There will be no exceptions and any carrier arriving at the border without providing prior eManifest information to CBSA could be subject to Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) penalties and/or turned around.  Importers - it is very important that you discuss this with your carriers to ensure that they will be compliant and your shipments will not be affected come May 1, 2013.

At Pacific Customs Brokers, we are very aware of how ACI eManifest changes will affect the importing community and as such are taking a proactive approach to ensure our clients and carrier partners are kept up-to-date with the most current information.

Canada Border Services Agency recently outlined four (4) different transportation scenarios that will affect how your goods are imported into Canada. It is very important that you understand how your goods are being carried so that you know which scenario will apply to your importations.

Transportation Scenarios:

Scenario #1: Carrier Picks Up At One Shipper And Delivers To One Consignee In Canada On One Bill Of Lading

  • The CBSA would expect one ACI cargo transmission as per the single contract of carriage or bill of lading.
  • The Carrier is required to submit a single CCN for this scenario.
  • One PARS would be submitted by the importer/broker quoting the single CCN.

For Example:

When a carrier picks up 960 cases of bananas and delivers to one location in Vancouver, the carrier is required to provide CBSA with one eManifest cargo transmission, one Cargo Control Number (CCN) and one PARS release package to obtain release of the goods.

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Scenario #2: Carrier Picks Up From Multiple Shippers And Delivers To One Consignee In Canada

  • The CBSA would expect multiple ACI cargo transmissions as per the multiple contracts of carriage or bills of lading.
  • The Carrier is required to submit a multiple CCNs for this scenario even though the cargo is consigned to a single consignee.
  • Multiple PARS would be submitted by the importer/broker quoting the multiple CCNs.

For Example:

When a carrier has four or five pickups from different shippers being delivered to one location in Vancouver, which results in multiple bills of lading, the carrier is required to provide CBSA with multiple eManifest cargo transmissions and multiple CCNs. In this scenario multiple PARS release packages, based on the number of CCNs submitted by the carrier, would be submitted to CBSA to obtain release of the goods.

Scenario #3: Carrier Picks Up From One Shippers And Delivers To Multiple Consignees In Canada

  • The CBSA would expect multiple ACI cargo transmissions as per the multiple contracts of carriage or bills of lading.
  • The Carrier is required to submit a multiple CCNs for this scenario even though the cargo is shipped from a single shipper.
  • Multiple PARS would be submitted by the importer/broker quoting the multiple CCNs.

For Example:

Where a Non-Resident Importer has sales to a number of different retail outlets in Canada. As each sale is a separate transaction and separate bill of lading, the carrier is required to provide CBSA with multiple eManifest cargo transmissions and multiple CCNs. In this scenario multiple PARS release packages, based on the number of CCNs submitted by the carrier, would be submitted to CBSA to obtain release of the goods.

*Important Note: Prior to implementation of the highway carrier phase of ACI eManifest, when there were multiple bills of lading on one truck, it was possible in most cases, to obtain release of the goods with one PARS release package being presented to CBSA. Under the new regulations, there is no option available at this time that will allow for multiple eManifest cargo transmissions and multiple CCNs (multiple bills of lading) to be cleared on one PARS release package.

Scenario #4: Multiple Shippers Transport Their Goods To One Common Location In The Country Of Export. The Location Consolidates The Shipments On To One New Bill Of Lading For Transportation From The Consolidation Location To The Consignee In Canada. 

  • The CBSA would expect one ACI cargo transmission as per the single contract of carriage or bill of lading.
  • The Carrier is required to submit a single CCN for this scenario even though the cargo is originally shipped from multiple shippers.
  • One PARS would be submitted by the importer/broker quoting the single CCN.

ACI eManifest Forum With CBSA - Wednesday, February 6, 2013

To help assist industry stakeholders, carriers, shippers and cross-border truckers in final preparation for the pending ACI eManifest enforcement deadline of May 1, 2013, The Canada Border Services Agency in cooperation with Pacific Customs Brokers and ABC Customs Brokers, are hosting an ACI eManifest Forum on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. Concerns related to shipments containing multiple bills of lading and how these are to be handled will be addressed by CBSA as one of the key topics at the forum.  This forum will be held in a "town hall" format, offering attendees the opportunity to ask senior officials of CBSA and CFIA questions. Please submit your ACI eManifest questions to Pacific Customs Brokers prior to Monday, February 4th, 2013. For details and to register »

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Who Should Attend:

  • Produce Importers
  • Floral Importers
  • Nursery Importers
  • Grocery Importers
  • Seafood Importers
  • Importers of Multi-Shippers & Mixed Loads
  • U.S. Non-Resident Importers Shipping to Multiple Consignees
  • Trucking Companies
  • Customs Brokers
  • 3PL’s & Freight Forwarders

Topics To Be Addressed:

  • Cargo Requirements & Related Release Options
  • eManifest Readiness
  • Shipments Containing Multiple Bills of Lading
  • Consolidations
  • AMPS
  • Industry Expert Panel Questions
  • Audience Questions

Keynote Speaker:

  • James J. Spina, eManifest Directorate, Senior Program Advisor, Canada Border Services Agency

Expert Panelists:

  • James J. Spina, eManifest Directorate, Senior Program Advisor, Canada Border Services Agency
  • Jan Brock, Chief of Commercial Operations, Pacific Highway District, Canada Border Services Agency
  • Representative - to be announced Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Date, Time & Location:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course Grandview Room 7778 152nd Street, Surrey

Registration:

The cost to attend is $25 CAD plus tax.

Registration & Question Submission Deadline:

Monday, February 4, 2013

Question Submission:

CBSA is interested in your questions. We kindly request you to submit your eManifest questions in advance to Pacific Customs Brokers by Monday, February 4, 2013.

How To Register:

Complete the registration form and email or fax with payment to the below contact information. For details and to register » 

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS, CTCS, CBSA Professional Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadain produce industry.

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.