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CBP In-Bond Enforcement Date Postponed Due to Funding Hiatus

Posted 1/19/2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in CSMS# 19-000011 hey have postponed the enforcement date related to the electronic arrival and export of in-bond shipments.  CBP advises in the notice the enforcement date will be established after full operations resume and is not expected prior to March 1, 2019.

Customs Notice 19-01 Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)'s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) coming into force on January 15, 2019

Posted 1/10/2019

Canada Border Services Agency has published Customs Notice 19-01 to provide the trade community information regarding the implementation of the Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations.  CBSA has also published TCC19-009 - Service change notice for commercial importers or brokers who declare CFIA regulated goods to CBSA notifying them of the upcoming resource changes related to OGD-PARS and OGD-RMD declarations.

CFIA Announces Service Reductions For OGD PARS and RMD Declarations

Posted 1/7/2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced service reductions based on the Single Window Integrated Import Declaration mandate.  This mandate requires Customs Brokers & Importers who deal with CFIA to declare their CFIA regulated goods using an Integrated Import Declaration which will become mandatory on April 1st.  The Single Window Initiative will streamline CFIA's processes yet this announced service reduction has the potential of delaying carriers especially if customs brokers & importers do not implement the Single Window Integrated Import Declaration.  Carriers who want to get ahead of these changes may need to review their internal processes to ensure they get their customs documentation to the respective customs broker / importer as soon as possible.  Carrier's with the appropriate software will also be able to determine whether an Integrated Import Declaration was used by the customs broker / importer to declare their shipments.  Carrier's using the eManifest Express software will be able to determine whether the customs broker / Importer declared specific shipments using the Integrated Import Declaration.

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Safe Foods For Canadians Regulations

Posted 1/2/2019

The Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations come into force on January 15, 2019.  These regulations require food importers to have a license with a few exceptions.  Importers can view a CFIA pre-recorded webinar or visit the CFIA website to learn about the regulations.

CBSA Single Window Initiative - Integrated Import Declarations

Posted 1/2/2019

Canadian - US cross-border carriers may wish to monitor the implementation of the CBSA Single Window Initiative Integrated Import Declaration (IID).  The IID mandate has already been postponed for a year and 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 by April 1, 2019.  Shipments involving the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and Transport Canada (TC) must be released using the IID declarations as of April 1st.

Shipments controlled by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Fisheries and Oceans Canada can be released using an IID declaration yet mandatory implementation by these participating government agencies will be required on a gradual basis

The IIDs will involve nine government departments or agencies and thirty-eight programs.  Statistics for October 2018 indicate 144,249 shipments were released using the IID declaration process. 41,851 or 29% of the IIDs involved PGAs yet in the big picture only 7.5% of the PGA releases were submitted using the IID declarations.  Statistics for November 2018 indicate 169,431 shipments were released using the IID declaration process. 73,467 or 43% of the IIDs involved PGAs yet in the big picture only 13.75% of the PGA releases were submitted using the IID declarations.


Carriers may wish to monitor how long it takes importers and customs brokers to process their declarations to determine if it may be necessary to modify their processes to allow the importers, customs brokers, PGA's and CBSA additional time to adjust to the new declarations.  If you would like to have the ability to determine which of your shipments are being released using the Integrated Import Declaration and don't already have that capability we can provide you with that service.  Contact us for additional information.

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CBSA Extends ACI Turnaround Policy Until December 31st 2019.

Posted 12/17/2018

CBSA advised the Canadian Trucking Alliance they are extending the truck turnaround policy that was introduced in 2017 until December 32, 2019.  A copy of the CBSA releases in English and French can be downloaded.

All Shipments Declared Under Section 321 Declarations Must Be Included on ACE Truck Manifests on January 1, 2019

Posted 12/12/2018

CBP confirmed in CSMS 19-000731 that all commercial truck shipments containing Section 321 merchandise must be manifested in ACE.  Highway Carriers failing to complying with the mandate by January 1, 2019 will be subject to customs fines.  Carriers who already have a SCAC Code looking for a ACE e-Manifest solution which can declare Section 321 declarations along with their other shipments can contact us or sign up through the eManifest Sign In Tab above to have the ability to immediately submit ACE eManifest declarations once they have completed their registration.

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

Posted 12/10/2018

The text of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) can be found on the Canadian Government Website.

CBSA Clarifies CSA Importer & Carrier Requirements in Customs Notice CN 18-21

Posted 12/5/2018

Customs Notice CN 18-21 clarifies the eligibility criteria specified under paragraph 12(b) of D Memo D23-2-1 dated May 3, 2017.  The customs notice replaces " carrier is of good character" with:  a carrier applicant to the CSA Program must have:

  • No contraventions of program legislation as defined in section 2 of the Canada Border Services Agency Act; and,
  • No criminal record.


Canadian Food Inspection Agency and CBSA Changes Commence in January 2019!

Posted 11/30/2018

Carrier's should be aware changes to Canadian Import Processes will begin in January 2019.  CBSA expects importers and customs brokers to have completed their Single Window Initiative testing by January 1, 2019.   The testing requires customs brokers and importers to have the ability to submit Integrated Import Declarations (IID) electronically (Note: Some declarations will include licenses, permits, certificates and other documentation).  Once tested customs brokers and importers are expected to submit IID declarations knowing the IID declaration type is scheduled to replace the Other Government Agency & Departments (OGD) PARS & Release on Minimal Documentation (RMD) release declarations on April 1st, 2019.  Carrier's, importers and shipper's may need to modify their processes to accommodate the changes since importers and customs brokers may require additional resources to complete them.

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Port of Cartwright Manitoba Reopens

Posted 11/5/2018

The Cartwright port of entry will reopened on November 2nd, nearly three months after the border crossing was closed in August because asbestos was found inside the Canadian facility.

A statement from the Canada Border Services Agency said regular hours will resume from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

The port of entry is located on Manitoba Highway 5 and North Dakota Highway 4.

Source: Brandon Sun & CBSA.

ACE Truck Manifest Section 321 Declaration Requirements

Posted 11/5/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in message CSMS# 18-000656 that carriers declaring their cargo using the ACE truck manifest would be required to declare all of their Section 321 declarations.  CBP is changing their policy which exempted the requirement for carriers to submit electronic Section 321 declarations due to their significant growth and their challenges of conducting risk assessments through their Automated Targeting System.  CBP will begin a phased approach for non-compliance commencing on November 26, 2018.  On January 1, 2019 carriers who make not attempt to comply with the requirement will be subject to customs penalties. 

CBP has provided additional clarification and contact information in message CSMS# 18-000659 stating all commercial truck shipments containing low value merchandise under the provisions of 19 CFR 10.151 will require an advanced electronic manifest to be filed with CBP Prior to crossing the border. 

Carriers or couriers can electronically declare their section 321 declarations through the ACE Portal, through EDI declarations or by using a service provider.  Carriers using the eManifest Express software can already declare their section 321 shipments.  If you require a solution please contact us or subscribe to our service.

CBSA to Participate in Blockchain Pilot

Posted 11/4/2018

Canada Border Services Agency has signed an agreement to participate in a blockchain pilot with IBM Maersk TradeLens Blockchain Solution.  Information regarding the pilot can be found on the CBSA website.  This is an interesting development since blockchain is one of the options being considered within the CBSA CARM initiative.  Additional CARM information can be found on the CSCB website.

New ACI Shipment Types & Validation

Posted 11/2/2018

CBSA introduced changes to the ACI Portal on October 28, 2018 creating new cargo movement types for Highway Carriers & Freight Forwarders.  There are three different movement types: Import, In-bond and In-transit.  Import movement declarations are for shipments designated to clear customs at the First Port of Arrival.  In-bond movements are for shipments Carriers & Freight Forwarders intend to move in-bond and clear customs at inland ports where as In-transit shipments are for shipments traveling in-bond through Canada.  In addition to these changes CBSA has also introduced validations designed to ensure the sub-location codes (i.e. warehouse facility or port facility location code) carriers report on their shipments are properly associated with the sub-location's port code.  Shipment declarations where port & associated sub-location codes don't match will be rejected by CBSA. 

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New ACE In-Bond Reports

Posted 11/2/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recently made changes to their In-Bond Reports allowing carriers to run reports based on their SCAC code or IRS Number.  The new IRS report will provide the bond number, bill of lading, bonded and manifested carrier code.  Carriers must have an ACE account to run the reports and their IRS number associated with their ACE account.      

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CBP ACE Customer Satisfaction Service

Posted 11/2/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is encouraging all importers, brokers and carriers and other trade community users of ACE to take a 5-10 minute customer satisfaction survey.  The survey closes @ Midnight on November 9th.

CBSA TCCU Client Survey

Posted 10/29/2018

The Technical Commercial Client Unit in TCC18-131 message is reaching out to all clients who transmit data electronically and / or using the e-manifest portal to transmit data electronically to CBSA.  CBSA is seeking feedback regarding the effectiveness of the TCCU's support services until November 12, 2018.  Users can provide a voluntary, anonymous, confidential by completing the online survey.  The Survey has been extended to November 19, 2018.

CBSA Continues to Experience Outages & Delays in Processing their ACI eManifest Declarations

Posted 10/24/2018

CBSA has incurred and continues to incur outages and delays with both their ACI Web Portal and ACI EDI systems at the time of this posting (2018-10-24 @ 11:30 MT).  Some outages have also effected the Importers and Customs Brokers declarations.  Carriers concerned about the delays they are incurring related to outages may need to revert to CBSA Outage Procedures and should consider establishing service using both EDI and ACI Portal services.  Carriers should review the Contingency Planning page on this website for additional information. 

CBSA Opens Expanded Emerson Border Crossing

Posted 10/15/2018

On October 12, 2018 the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, officially marked the completion of the expansion project at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Emerson port of entry (POE).  Additional information regarding the expanded facility can be found on the Government of Canada Website.

CBP Statement on Canada's Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border

Posted 10/15/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published a statement regarding their approach to Canada's legalization of Marijuana.  The statement can be found on the CBP website.