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New Air Cargo Security Requirements Effective June 12, 2018 Published in the Federal Register

Posted 6/14/2018

Published in the US Federal Register on June 12, 2018 the US Department of Homeland Security Published an interim final rule to address ongoing aviation security threats.

CBSA TCCU Publishes Notice Advising Clients They Will Be Consolidating Bulletins Related to Scheduled Maintenance

Posted 6/14/2018

TCCU Published Message No. TCC18-065 notifying clients they will be streamlining the TCCU'S bulletins for scheduled maintenance outages.  This change will provide users who are subscribed to the service with additional transparency related to the eManifest Portal, Electronic Data Interchange,  CCS / CADEX and the Single Window Initiative systems especially since the systems interact with each other and a scheduled maintenance of one system may effect the functionality of another system.  (Carrier systems {eManifest Portal, EDI (eManifest & RNS)}, Customs Broker / Importer Systems {EDI, CADEX, SWI}). 

CBSA Publishes Notice to Highway Carriers Regarding to the Timely Submission and Acceptance of eManifest Data

Posted 6/13/2018

CBSA published notice TCC18-063 - Notice to Highway Carriers - Advance Commercial Information ( eManifest) Reminder - Timely Pre-arrival Data.  This notice highlights carriers should rely CBSA's accept message to acknowledge the acceptance of their eManifest declaration and carriers who don't comply with the timelines may be subject to AMPS penalties (C379).  Special note should also be taken regarding the business rules related to the Estimated Date and Time of Arrival of the conveyance at the border.  Carriers who fail to comply with this requirement may also be subject to AMPS Penalty (C381).   

CBSA Publishes Best Practices in Preparation for Summer Vacations

Posted 6/13/2018

The CBSA has published in Message TCC18-082 guidelines for participants involved in troubleshooting EDI and Portal technical issues. 

New Transportation Equipment Regulations Published by Environment Canada

Posted 6/1/2018

Regulations Amending the Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations and Other Regulations Made Under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act were published in the Canadian Gazette, Part II, Volume Number 11 on May 16, 2008.  These upcoming regulations will effect carrier's equipment specifications and costs once they become effective. 

Additional Duty on Imports of Steel and Aluminum Articles Under Section 232

Posted 5/31/2018

 

CBP published and update on the Additional on Imports of Steel and Aluminum Articles under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 in CSMS# 18-000372.  This bulletin has been published to consider the changes effective June 1st, 2018.

Canada Publishes Notice of Intent to Impose Countermeasures Action Against United States in Response to Tariffs on Canadian Steel and Aluminum Products

Posted 5/31/2018

The Notice found on the Department of Finance Canada's website provides a list of  goods where both a 25% and 10% tariff will be applied.  Importers should not Table 2 includes a range of products from coffee to felt tipped pens and they should review their imports to determine whether they will be effected by the measures for goods shipping on or after July 1st, 2018.    

CBP Publishes Revised Standards & Implementation Guides to Support In-Bond Regulatory Changes effective Monday August 6, 2018.

Posted 5/31/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published revised EDI standards related to the In-Bond regulatory changes published last fall.  Carriers who are using EDI to submit and receive their ACE messages should consider updating their programs to send / receive the new messages.    

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CBSA Postpones Decommissioning of Release Service Options OGD PARS 463 & OGM RMD 471

Posted 4/12/2018

CBSA published in Customs Notice 18-03 notifying the import / carrier communities they were postponing the sunsetting of release types OGD PARS and OGD RMD until April 1, 2019.  

 Canada Border Services Agency had intended to sunset these declaration types on April 1, 2018 and replaced them with the Single Window Initiative (SWI) Integrated Import Declaration (IID) release but found many customs brokers and importers were not prepared to submit the new IID declaration.  CBSA has notified the importers / customs brokers they must be able to submit the IID declarations by January 1,2019.

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CBSA Technical Commercial Client Unit Emergency After-hours Service

Posted 3/1/2018

CBSA's TCCU division sent out (Message No. TCC18-013) to remind all clients of the terms and conditions for utilizing the emergency after-hours service provided by the Technical Commercial Client Unit.

Advanced Commercial Information (eManifest) Requirements for Commercial Shipments - Detailed Cargo Descriptions

Posted 3/1/2018

Canada Border Services Agency's Technical Commercial Unit has sent out message TCC17-235 on December 11, 2017 and message  TCC18-021 on March 1st, 2018 requesting carriers share the Automated Commercial Information (ACI) detailed cargo description requirements with their shippers.  CBSA is finding many carrier declarations are not meeting the eManifest requirements and may be subject to AMPS penalties.  Some examples of improper descriptions include cargo descriptions like "Dangerous Goods" and product skews.  Carriers may find that the Border Services Officers (BSO) may reject their declarations prior to arrival and other rejections occur when the truck reports to the border.  If a carrier fails to address a BSO reject sent prior to their arrival at the border or if a declaration is rejected when the truck arrives at the border AMPS penalties may apply.  

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CBP Downtime Policy for Trade

Posted 2/27/2018

CBP is issuing the “Standard Guidelines for CBP/Trade Outages” which reflect the CBP downtime policy distributed to the field on September 1, 2017. It can be found at the link below. It is intended to provide a comprehensive view of CBP downtime policy from the perspective of trade partners. CBP expects that this will allow trade partners to better understand their role in maintaining the flow of trade during ACE system interruptions and will serve as a basis for their individual downtime policies and procedures. This document is being distributed to trade partners as a living document and is intended to provide guidance on CBP’s processes for system downtime and to assist trade partners in developing their own processes to respond to downtime. The policies and procedures identified in this document reflect current CBP downtime policy provided to CBP ports and field offices. CBP is continuously reviewing and as necessary revising these procedures and as they adapt to changing circumstances this document will be updated as well. This document was developed in consultation with trade representatives participating through the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) working group on Outages.

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Repairs to Primary Cargo Lane @ Blaine Washington may Cause Delays to Truck Traffic

Posted 2/8/2018

Repairs to Cargo Primary Lane at Blaine may Cause Delays to Truck Traffic - 2/6/2018

Severe damage to infrastructure in Cargo Lane 3 at Pacific Highway, Blaine, will require extensive repairs over the next two to four weeks. The crossing is currently limited to two lanes, and repairs may require intermittent closure of additional lanes. Although CBP will make every effort to mitigate the situation, delays during peak traffic volumes are likely.

We encourage consideration of alternative ports of entry, and monitoring Border Wait Times at the following websites:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website

https://bwt.cbp.gov

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/border/

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CBSA Extends ACI Turn-around Policy Until December 31, 2018

Posted 1/9/2018

Many carriers incurred AMPS penalties when their trucks have shown up at the Canadian Border without their ACI manifest completed.  The number and value of some penalties were extensive and Canadian Trucking Alliance lobbied CBSA and temporary interim measures introduced on May 29, 2017. These interim measures outlined in Customs Notice 17-19 were implemented to provide CBSA an opportunity to evaluate the AMPS penalties and the corresponding compliance rates.  The CTA also lobbied CBSA stating some of the penalties issued to carriers wouldn't have been issued if the CBSA's system hadn't been down and a number of penalties were cancelled if they incurred during an outage or on the shoulder of an outage.  The turn-around program was extended to December 31, 2017 and now has been extended until December 31, 2018.

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CBSA Updates System Outage Contingency Plan

Posted 1/5/2018

Canada Border Services Agency has updated their System Outage Contingency Plan setting out the procedures for all modes of transportation during a CBSA systems outage.  Carriers should review the changes to ensure they are aware of the requirements and their responsiblities.  The revised Contingency Plan has been posted on the CBSA website.

CBP Extends Timeframe for Implementation of In-Bond Enforcement Dates

Posted 1/5/2018

CBP will extend the time frame for initial implementation of these regulatory changes for all participants for six months. CBP Officers will continue to accept paper CBP Form 7512 and input the data on the trade’s behalf until July 2, 2018. On that date, paper forms will no longer be accepted for input into the ACE system by CBP Officers. The new implementation schedule will be as follows:

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Canada is One Step Closer to Expanding Pre-clearance Operations With the United States

Posted 12/17/2017

The news release can be found on the Public Safety Canada website.  A copy of the statute can be found on the Parliament of Canada's website.

CBSA Introduces RFID Readers in Travellers Lanes @ Select Ports of Entry

Posted 12/17/2017

The RFID technology will read following RFID enabled travel documents:  FAST Card, NEXUS Card, electronic Canadian Permanent Resident card, Canadian Enhanced Drivers Licenses from Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia and Enhanced Identification Cards from Manitoba and British Columbia.  Additional Information can be found on the CBSA Website.

Changes to CBSA AMPS Penalty C378

Posted 12/12/2017

CBSA has published the latest revision of the AMPS Master Penalty Document in November 2017.  Upon reviewing AMPS Penalty C378 CBSA has published a maximum fine associated with the penalty. 

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Advanced Commercial Information (eManifest) Requirements for Commercial Shipments

Posted 12/12/2017

CBSA Published TCC17-235 Message highlighting detailed cargo description requirements for commercial shipments.  CBSA may be finding many carriers are not meeting the requirements which lead them to publish the notice. 

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