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Record Keeping & Compliance


Every International Highway Carrier has a number of mandatory obligations ranging from submitting True Accurate and Complete eManifests to maintaining adequate books and records related to the movement of the shipments.  CBP has published a Record Keeping Informed Compliance Guideline and CBSA's has created a Requirements by Client Type web page to assist carriers.  The list or requirements can be extensive and CSA, FAST, C-TPAT and PIP carriers have additional responsibilities. There are a host of record keeping requirements related to books and records, proof of report and proof of release, In-Bond shipments, seals etc.  CBSA also requires carriers to maintain records related to the ACI submission / transmission, changes, corrections, and acknowledgements received from CBSA. 


ACI Manifest ETA Compliance


Carriers must ensue that their ACI manifest has been accepted by CBSA for at least one hour prior to their reporting to the Primary Inspection Line.  They must also monitor their ACI declarations to ensure any customs inquiries sent by CBSA through the eManifest system are addressed prior to the truck arriving to the border.  ACI business rules require carriers to provide an accurate EDA / ETA and revise their EDA / ETA when they are going to be 30 minutes (or more) earlier or 8 hours later than their original declared ETA.  Carriers who fail to address inquires or fail to meet the ACI eManifest requirements may be subject to AMPS Penalties.  


eManifest Express can assist carriers in reviewing their processes, eManifest compliance levels and develop training & compliance programs designed to ensure you meet your customs obligations.  Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements. 




Security trumps trade!  This is a new reality of international transportation.  Breaches in security, customs infractions and failing to participate in customs partnership programs may increase a carrier’s targeting score.  Higher scores will subject a carrier to increased inspections, delays and associated costs.  Carriers who participate in customs programs such as Customs Self Assessment (CSA), Customs Trade Partners Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Partners in Protection (PIP) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) will incur fewer delays.


To participate in the CSA, PIP and / or C-TPAT programs carriers must apply and are subject to initial and periodic validations.  These security programs are extensive and their tentacles reach into many areas of a carrier's business from personnel to operations and supply chain partners.  


eManifest Express can assist carriers in developing, applying for and reviewing your security programs.  Contact Us to discuss your requirements.




Carriers who fail to meet their customs obligations or a partnership program requirement may be subject to penalties, audits, verifications, action plans and even suspension from some programs.   Carriers can be subject to a variety of Canadian and US Customs Penalties.  Barry Frain of eManifest Express has had success in mitigating US Customs Penalties and appealing AMPS penalties and will assist carriers in mitigating their customs penalties and reviewing internal processes with the objective of developing proactive / preventative measures designed to prevent future occurrences.  To obtain more information about eManifest Express consulting services please Contact Us