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US In-Bond Software Tools

Posted 8/14/2019

We have launched and continue to improve our US In-Bond software and developed a GREAT TOOL carriers can use to improve their US Customs compliance. Carriers can request port diversions, arrive and export their bonds even northbound at the Canadian border! The tool has a built-in dashboard that displays the current bond status and allows carriers to independently verify whether a bond has been setup even before submitting their ACE manifest. One feature allows carriers to query the current status of in-bond declarations to determine whether the bond is set up, enroute, arrived, exported, concluded or acquitted. Queries can determine whether there is a subsequent declaration canceling an IT bond or whether T&E declaration destined to Mexico was acquitted by a subsequent IE declaration. What I like best about these features is they allow carriers to proactively monitor and address their In-Bond shipments ultimately providing them with another tool in their toolbox they can use to reduce their risk and customs liability!

To learn more or sign up for a complementary trail contact eManifest Express.

Guidelines updates for Post-Arrival Manual Amendments for House Bill, Cargo and Conveyance Information

Posted 8/14/2019

CBSA published Customs Notice 19-17 updated the guidelines on how and where the BSF673 - House Bill, Cargo and Conveyance Manual Amendment Form - Post Arrival - All Modes is to be presented. The BSF673 is used in all modes by carriers, freight forwarders and/or their agents who are requesting a correction or deletion to a key data element in their electronic cargo or conveyance transmission post-arrival.  Key data elements that may be corrected with this form are: Conveyance Reference Number, Cargo Control Number, House Bill Number, House Bill Close Message, Customs Self Assessment indicator.  The form can also be used to correct Warehouse Arrival Certification and Conveyance Arrival Certification Messages.  For additional information on the use of the BSF673 can be found on the CBSA Website.

CBP Announces a Voluntary Section 321 Pilot

Posted 7/23/2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register details regarding voluntary test commencing August 22, 2019.  The purpose of the year-long pilot is to have participants provide additional data elements CBP can use to screen and target high risk Section 321 shipments entering the United States.

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Electronic Reporting of U.S. In-Bond Exports, Arrivals and Diversions

Posted 7/7/2019

US Customs in Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message #38744505 advised members of the trade community they will be required to electronically report In-Bond Arrivals, Exports and Diversions through the Automated Commercial Environment by July 29, 2019.  Highway carriers can meet their obligations using either their existing software, the ACE Portal or by having a service provider (i.e. U.S. Customs Broker) submit declarations on their behalf.  Highway carriers transporting In-Bond freight from or through the United States into Canada may encounter difficulties if they don’t have an active ACE Portal Account and may have to use the services of a US Customs Broker to arrive and export their shipments.  eManifest Express has a new service where carriers can arrive, export, divert and transfer In-Bond liability.  The solution also allows a carrier to submit a query to determine the current status of their In-Bond shipments and can be integrated with our ACE eManifest system or used as a stand alone system. To learn more about the service contact eManifest Express.


US Customs also published an Automated In-Bond Processing Business Processing Document carriers can use to familiarize themselves with the US In-Bond Processes.

CBSA Single Window Initiative - Integrated Import Declarations

Posted 6/22/2019

The Canadian Importers and Customs Brokers continue to implement the Integrated Import Declaration process with statistics showing increases within all of the Single Window Initiative programs. 

Significant statistical changes in the number if Integrated Import Declarations were recorded in the month of April with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency mandate.  119,125 additional CFIA IID declarations were submitted in the month of April compared to March.  Government release statics also indicated a significant reduction in the overall number of imports.

Carriers may wish to monitor the April 1st implementation of the CBSA Single Window Initiative Integrated Import Declaration (IID).  The IID mandate, already been postponed for a year is scheduled to replace the current Other Government Department Pre-Arrival Review System (OGD PARS) and the Release on Minimal Documentation (OGD RMD) EDI declarations for specific shipments by April 1, 2019.  Shipments involving the Canadian Food Inspection Agency - CFIA (all programs), Natural Resources Canada - NRCan (Energy Efficiency Program), and Transport Canada's - TC (Tires Program) must be released using the IID declarations as of April 1st.

An IID is an electronic customs declaration customs brokers or importers will be required to submit to CBSA.  The declarations include additional data elements (compared to OGD PARS and OGD RMD) and may include document images of licenses, certificates, permits and other documentation required to obtain a release.  IIDs will also provide additional data elements for CBSA and Participating Government Agencies to screen shipments imported into Canada.

Shipments controlled by Environment and Climate Change Canada - ECCC, Global Affairs Canada - GAC, Health Canada - HC, the Public Health Agency of Canada - PHAC, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - CNSC and Fisheries and Oceans Canada - DFO can also be released using an IID declaration yet mandatory implementation dates have not been established.

When fully implemented IID declarations will be required for shipments involving nine government departments or agencies and thirty-eight programs. 

Statics related to IID declarations are show below. Note: It is difficult to extrapolate too much from the statics for a few reasons.  The PGA declarations are not directly related to the PGA shipments since some shipments involve multiple PGAs and there is insufficient detail to determine what percentage of the OGD PARS and OGD RMDs declarations involve each specific 9 PGAs or any of the 38 related programs.

Carriers may wish to monitor how long it takes customs brokers and importers to process their declarations to determine if it may be necessary to modify their procedures to allow the customs brokers, importers, PGA's and CBSA additional time to adjust to the new declarations.  Carriers also have the ability to determine what percentage of their shipments are being released using the Integrated Import Declaration, OGD PARS and OGD RMDs.  If you cannot determine which shipments have been released using an IID declaration, OGD PARS or a OGD RMD we can provide that service.  Contact us for additional information.

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