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Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations

Posted 9/15/2018

Regulatory changes related to the Safe Foods for Canadians Act come into force on January 15, 2019.  These regulations may require businesses to have a license to import, export or send food across provincial and territorial borders.  They may also need to a preventative control plan and traceability records.

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CBP Announces In-Bond Enforcement Discretion

Posted 8/1/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection advised carriers in CSMS# 18-000466 they will not be fully implementing the in-bond arrival and export reporting mandate scheduled to become effective August 6, 2018.  CBP will continue to assisting Traders with in-bond arrival and exporting reporting as needed and will extend the reporting period from 2 business days to 4 business days.  Ports have been instructed to evaluate Trade's progress during the 6 month extension and at their discretion will be able to fully enforce the regulations for egregious violations or a lack of demonstration of good faith efforts.  Additionally CBP officers will continue to stamp or perforate a CBP Form 7512 in-bond verifying exportation at the request of a carrier.  For additional information see CSMS# 18-000466.

Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closure (Edmundston, New Brunswick)

Posted 7/31/2018

CBSA in Customs Notice CN18-10 is notifying carriers the Highway Sufferance Warehouse in Edmundston, New Brunswick will be permanently closed on July 31, 2018.  CBSA will not be advertising for a new highway sufferance warehouse at the port.  Carriers who used this facility will have to route their In-Bond freight to another port.

CBP Arrival and Export of In-Bond Shipments

Posted 7/30/2018

CBP has mandated carriers mandated highway carriers arrive and export their In-Bond shipments within two business days after the cargo has arrived at the bonded facility / port or exported from the United States.  The enforcement of the mandate will begin on Monday August 6th.  Carriers will need to provide CBP with the FIRMS code when they arrive their shipments.  A listing of the FIRMS Codes can be found on the CBP website.  CBP has also published a Frequently Asked Questions page on their website regarding the mandate. 

CBSA Publishes Addendum Documents for Air, Marine, Highway, Rail, Housebill, RNS and Notices ECCRD standards.

Posted 7/25/2018

TCCU announced in TCC18-086 new addendum documents designed to improve freight forwarder house bill functionality which will be introduced into production in October 2018.  The standards are available by contacting the TCCU or your GCcollab account.

CBSA Opens Up New Facility at Lansdowne

Posted 7/20/2018

CBSA officially opened up a new port facility at Lansdowne Ontario on June 21, 2018.

Internet Browser Edge Compatibility Issues with ACI eManifest Portal

Posted 7/20/2018

CBSA TCCU Published TC18-085 Advising carriers using the Internet Browser Edge will logged out of the ACI Portal when Selecting the Tractor or Trailer.  CBSA advises carriers they will need to use IE version 8 to 11 or can use Firefox 34 and above.  CBSA also published english and french instructions to assist carriers in selecting Internet Explorer. 

Canadian Trucking Alliance Releases 10 Point Action Plan to Address National Truck Safety and Compliance.

Posted 7/20/2018

The Humbolt bus crash has lead provincial administrators to review their current regulatory practices related to the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles.  Alberta and Saskatchewan have already committed to introducing regulatory changes and the Canadian Trucking Alliance has published an industry 10 Point Action Plan to embrace a culture of safety.

Cargo Thefts Rising in 2018

Posted 7/20/2018

A recent article published in the Insurance Business Canada website highlights that cargo theft is on the rise in 2018 and the most common thefts were food and drinks.

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, 2018.  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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