You Asked | eManifest And Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS)


Currently when I am bringing a load of merchandise from the U.S., I fax the paperwork to you with a barcode. When I cross the border, I present Customs with the barcode and then I cross. Is this emanifest or are you talking about something else?


The barcode you are currently presenting to CBSA at time of arrival for the goods on board would be the Pre-arrival Review System (PARS) label, different than that of eManifest. The Pre-arrival Review System (PARS) allows importers and brokers to submit release request to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for review and processing before their goods arrive in Canada. This speeds up the release or referral for examination process when the goods arrive in Canada.

eManifest electronic data interchange (EDI) systems are for the transmission of cargo and conveyance data before arriving at the border!

eManifest applies to all highway carriers who transport commercial goods into Canada. They will be required to provide CBSA with electronic cargo and conveyance data a minimum of one hour before arriving at the border, along with the PARS you currently present for the goods.

To facilitate compliance and ease the transition from paper reporting to pre-arrival electronic data transmission for small- to medium-sized enterprises, CBSA will offer an eManifest Portal option beginning in early summer 2011.

eManifest will require trade partners in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically provide cargo, conveyance, crew/passenger, secondary and importer data to CBSA prior to arrival at the border.

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Cherie Storms
CCS (CA & US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Cherie Storms is the Canadian Operations Manager with PCB Customs Brokers, with over 18 years in international trade operations and regulatory experience. Since joining the company in 2007, she has become an Executive Board Member for the Canadian Customs Brokers Society, BC Region, and spoke at the Women in Transportation Annual General Meeting in 2010 regarding her experience running international logistics for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Cherie is a member of CSCB's National Commercial Operations and eManifest Committee and sits on the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers' Board of Directors. In 2020, Cherie received the Emerging Leader award in the annual Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Women in Business Awards. In her off time, Cherie is a motorsports driver for the Shift Up Now racing team, SCCA and CACC Women on Track Leader, racing tracks in Daytona and Indianapolis. With multiple championships, Cherie is a leader in the Jr Ambassador Program, encouraging young girls to excel in motorsports. Cherie has spoken at many seminars on the importance of trade compliance. She is currently enrolled in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Business Management Program to become an international trade lawyer.

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.