Beginning November 1, 2012, the informed compliance period of the Canada Border Services Agency's ("CBSA") eManifest program begins. eManifest is the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information ("ACI") program, which enhances CBSA's ability to identify potential threats to Canada while facilitating the movement of low-risk shipments across the border. eManifest requires motor carriers, freight forwarders, and importers to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill/supplementary cargo, and importer data to the CBSA prior to arrival at the border.
Throughout the informed compliance period, which lasts from November 1, 2012 through May, 2013, the CBSA expects carriers to become eManifest-compliant. During this six-month period, the CBSA will not deny entry to Canada or impose penalties for eManifest non-compliance; however, beginning in May, 2013, non-compliant carriers will be subject to penalties and will be denied entry. Additional information on the implementation of eManifest can be found at http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/prog/manif/implementation-eng.html.
With the implementation of eManifest, highway carriers transporting goods into Canada are required to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA prior to arrival. The cargo and conveyance data must be received and validated by the CBSA a minimum of one hour before the shipment arrives at the border.