Canadian eManifest Program to Impact Customs Import Procedures

Date: October 28, 2016
Subject: Canadian eManifest Program to Impact Customs Import Procedures
On November 7th, 2016, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is scheduled to begin its implementation of the eManifest program covering international air and ocean shipments arriving into Canada. Beginning that date, CBSA will require forwarders to file electronic house bill information prior to cargo arrival to Canada covering all modes of transportation.

Delmar has been working closely with CBSA for many months to prepare for the implementation of this program. In addition to conducting extensive internal training, our systems have been updated to allow for the compliant, efficient and timely transmission of eManifest house bill information to CBSA.

While non-compliant transactions will be monitored, CBSA has stated that during the initial implementation phase, Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) penalties will not be assessed before January 11th, 2017. Between January 11th and July 12th, 2017, only zero-rated AMPS penalties may be issued by CBSA for non-compliance. After July 12th, 2017, CBSA may issue AMPS penalties for non-compliant transactions.

Canadian importers should also note that under eManifest requirements, multiple shipments or containers can no longer be consolidated under a forwarder’s 9000-series master bills for Pre-arrival Review System (PARS) release and entry filing purposes. To continue to realize (PARS) release benefits, entry (release) filings must be processed corresponding to each individual 8000-series house bill as transmitted through the eManifest system.

Multiple shipments or containers may continue to be consolidated for entry purposes using B3B/Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) procedures. However, doing so may result in delays and/or increased costs versus PARS procedures. Importers should note that RMD filings cannot be transmitted prior to cargo arrival at the port of entry and any hold put on a single shipment would result in all shipments being held pending CBSA release.

Importers, along with all stakeholders, are encouraged to review the above information carefully and consider any potential impact to their supply chain or import program.

Additional information on requirements for commercial importers can be found on the CBSA website here.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting your Delmar representative.

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