Canadian ACI eManifest
Stay up-to-date on the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Advance Commercial Information (ACI) software for eManifest Filing Requirements
The below information has been collected and will be updated to ensure that you have the most recent information regarding the third phase of the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program.
We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back often for up-to-date information, to avoid penalties and ensure compliance.
Updates from CBSA
Update – As of July 10, 2015, eManifest for Carriers is now mandatory. Carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
ACI E-Manifest Updates from CBSA.
What is the ACI Program?
The Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program, mandated by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), introduces more effective risk management processes and tools to identify threats to health, safety, and security prior to the arrival of cargo and conveyances in Canada.
What are the phases of the ACI program?
There are three implementation phases. We are currently in the third phase.
Phase 1: Marine Mode (effective April 19, 2004)
Phase 2: Air Mode and Marine Shipments Loaded in USA (effective July 26, 2006)
Phase 3: eManifest
Phase 1 and 2 require the electronic transmission of advance cargo and conveyance information from carriers for all highway, rail and air shipments. Phase 3 requires the electronic transmission of advance secondary data from freight forwarders and the electronic transmission of advance importer data will be required from importers or their brokers.
What is the goal of the eManifest phase?
When fully implemented, in addition to the current mandatory requirements for carriers, eManifest will also require freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance or house bill / supplementary cargo and importer data to CBSA.
What are the mode-specific deadlines for filing ACI/eManifest information to CBSA?
ACI/eManifest includes mode-specific filing deadlines that include:
24-hours prior to
What will be the penalties for non-compliance?
Clients deemed to be non-compliant may be issued monetary penalties under the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS). When applicable, the CBSA may issue penalties for:
- Providing information that is incomplete, inaccurate or false
- Failing to send the required information within the designated, mode-specific timeframes
- Failing to notify the CBSA that the data has changed
eManifest Overview for Freight Forwarders
The below information has been collected to ensure that freight forwarders have the most recent information on eManifest available to them in one resource.
What is the eManifest Implementation Timeline for Freight Forwarders?
The CBSA has stated that it will provide the trade with as much as 45 days advance notice of the mandatory compliance date for forwarders. Once regulations are in place, non-compliant forwarders could be subject to penalties. Until the transmission of advance house bill data becomes mandatory, electronic supplementary reports will continue to be required for air and sea shipments via EDI. When the transmission of advance electronic house bill data becomes mandatory, freight forwarders, in the air and marine modes, will be required to transmit supplementary cargo data for consolidated Freight Remaining on Board (FROB) only.
What options does Descartes offer Freight Forwarders to ensure eManifest compliance?
Descartes ForwarderLogic™ solution enables manual entry of cargo manifest information via the web through to a tightly-integrated, system-to-system connection via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Descartes offers freight forwarders a choice of flexible access and connectivity options to facilitate compliance including:
- Option 1 – An advanced, tightly-integrated, system-to-system EDI connection
- Option 2 – For customers who cannot create an electronic, structured message or who prefer manual data entry, Descartes also offers web-based options that allow users to key-in information
eManifest Overview for Highway Carriers
The below information has been collected to ensure that highway carriers have the most recent information on eManifest available to them in one resource.
What is the eManifest Implementation Timeline for Highway Carriers?
Nov 1, 2011 to May 2013 – An implementation timeline for highway carriers to transmit cargo and conveyance data began. The CBSA completed the deployment of electronic systems that enables highway carriers to transmit advance cargo and conveyance data.
May 1, 2013 to Fall 2013 –A period of informed compliance began.
July 10, 2015 – Regulations to enforce eManifest requirements for highway carriers are currently in place.
January 10, 2016 – carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties.
What options does Descartes offer Highway Carriers to ensure eManifest compliance?
Descartes offers highway carriers a choice of flexible access and connectivity options to facilitate compliance including:
- Option 1: Carrier back-end integration to submit eManifests. (No Descartes involvement aside from providing pass-through connectivity to CBSA.)
- Option 2: Carrier web portal access and to create, submit, track and manage eManifests.
- Option 3: Carrier faxes shipment documents to Descartes. Descartes completes and submits e-Manifest on the carrier’s behalf.
- Option 4: Premier capabilities to manage imaged shipment documents with workflow to track document delivery status and customs broker acceptance/rejections, combined with the functionality to create, print and fax bar-coded driver documentation for customs clearance.