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COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders 

The developments at the border continue to evolve and CBSA has been publishing daily Commercial Updates for Commercial Stakeholders.  The updates can be downloaded through through the attached links.  Within the March 20th Notice CBSA includes provisions for renewals for FAST Cards and re-validations for CSA and PIP programs. April 2March 31March 30March 25March 23March 20March 19March 18March 17March 16

Posted 2020-03-19

Updated 2020-04-03


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Launches a COVID-19 Updates and Announcements Webpage

CBP in CSMS message #42231420 notified the public they were launching a CBP COVID-19 Updates and Announcements Webpage.

Posted 2020-04-01


Statement from John Ossowski, President of the Canada Border Services Agency

The statement about CBSA's COVID-19 measures posted on the Government of Canada Website.


Canadian Trucking Alliance COVID-19 TIP SHEET

The Tip Sheet


USMCA or the Canada-United States - Mexico Agreement Implemented or not!

Bill C-4An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States received Royal Assent on March 13, 2020.  A CBC news article stated that even the legislation has passed the agreement hasn't been ratified by the executive branch of the Federal Government and the regulations have not been completed or shared with industry making it impossible to implement the agreement by June 1st.  

Updated 2020-04-01


Notification of Temporary Travel  Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Services Between the United States and Canada

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published a Federal Register Notice regarding the travel restrictions between Canada into the United States which commences at March 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time until 11:59 April 20, 2020 at this time. The Prime Minister has also posted a statement regarding the closure.

Posted 2020-03-20

Updated 2020-03-22


Changes to Highway Carrier eManifest

CBSA has published Addendum V2.0 to Highway Carrier (ECCRD v.3.0.1, April 2015) eManifest standard which is scheduled to be introduced in June 2020.  The addendum provides enhancements necessary to support the eManifest program and allow freight forwarders to comply with all reporting requirements.  CBSA will be introducing new rules to further validate information in relation to freight forwarder's House Bills and House Bill Close Message.  Highway carriers can obtain the new programming standards through the TCCU, through their GCcollab account or by reaching out to their service provider. Note:  This change will not affect highway carriers who do not handle shipment consolidations on behalf of freight forwarders.

Posted 03/14/2020


New Importer / Broker Customs Notice

As part of the eManifest programming enhancements designed to support the eManifest requirements and assist freight forwarders with complying with their reporting requirements CBSA will be introducing a new electronic notice for importers customs brokers in June 2020.  This new notice will be available to the submitter of the release request, will notify the submitter when a shipment referenced on a release request has entered Canada and has been reported to CBSA by the primary carrier.

 Posted on 03/14/2020


Changes to the RNS Program

CBSA has published Addendum V2.0 to Chapter 21 the Release Notification System to fully support eManifest and electronic house bill requirements.  The changes scheduled to migrated to production in June will allow CBSA to improve the validations between the shipment and warehouse data and provide warehouse operators additional error and warning messages.  A few of the enhancements include a validation ensuring the sub-location code matches the port code and the sub-location code is not the Customs Office (CO) code.  The system will also generate warning messages when the port and sub-location code of the warehouse are not an exact match to the information CBSA has on file for the cargo control document.  Warehouse Operators can obtain the new programming standards through the TCCU, through their GCcollab account or by reaching out to their service provider.

Posted 03/13/2020


Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closures

CBSA announced in Customs Notice 20-05 the closure of the highway sufferance warehouse in Miramichi New Brunswick on February 4, 2020.  CBSA will not be advertising to replace the warehouse and advises carriers they will have to report their in-bond goods destined to this warehouse to another facility.  CBSA also announced in Customs Notice 20-06 the closure of a highway sufferance warehouse in Quebec City, Quebec.  The warehouse located at 1405 St-Jean Baptise Avenue, Suite 120B Quebec, Quebec surrendered their BW highway sufferance warehouse license on March 1, 2020 and CBSA is advertising to replace the warehouse.  CBSA will also generate another warning message after 45 days when no other trade document has been submitted referencing the CCN notifying the warehouse operator the WACM  message has expired.

Posted on 03/13/2020


CARM The Next Major Canadian Border Services Agency Initiative


Have you heard about CARM?  This CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management project is a multi-year initiative that will transform the importation process.  Although it is primarily designed to be an importer initiative it will effect all international carriers crossing the Canadian border since CBSA intends to use it as a communication tool with all Trade Chain Partners interacting with CBSA.  Highway Carrier registration may commence in the fall of 2020. Learn more about the initiative by visiting the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management page.


CBP Modifying ACE Truck Manifest Trade Portal


CBP announced they they are introducing new ACE Truck Manifest Portal and will be sun-setting the existing portal / user interface in April 2020.  The user interface has been available for testing since December 9th, 2019 and is scheduled to go into production on February 29th.  The new ACE Truck eManifest user interface includes some new dynamic validations, adds some new shipment / bill of lading types while changing the names of some the existing shipment / bill of lading types.   The new system will also notify carriers if the an entry number is on file for shipments.  For more information including quick reference guides and a training video please refer to the CBP website.


 Canadian Food Inspection Agency Updating Web Links    


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced as of January 19, 2020 it will be making improvements used by importers and brokers during the importation process.  Thew will be updating their Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) and Automated Shipment Inspection Status Search Tool (ASSIST).  The AIRS tool is used to determine the import requirements for commodities controlled by CFIA where the ASSIST tool is used by importers, brokers and carriers to determine whether a meat shipment requires a CFIA inspection.  The new URLS are:  AIRS & ASSIST


CBSA Amends Eligibility Criteria for Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Membership


CBSA published on December 9th in Customs Notice 19-23 expansion of the FAST Membership criteria.  CBSA will extend FAST lane eligibility to highway carriers and importers who are sole members of the Partners in Protection (PIP) program no longer requiring them to also be members of the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program.  CBSA has also introduced new notices within the ACI system to notify carriers when they eligible or no longer eligible to use the the FAST Lanes at the at the ports of Fort Erie, Sarnia, Emerson and Pacific Highway only. Carriers who wish to receive the new notices must register with CBSA.  CBSA has also re-published Chapter - 7 Advanced Commercial Information Version 1.9 for carriers who use the ACI Portal.

Carriers should note they must ensure the drivers and passengers in the conveyances must meet the FAST requirements.

Posted on 01/12/2020


CBSA Extends Turnaround Policy Until June 30, 2020


CBSA revise Customs Notice 17-19 extending the ACI turnaround policy which provides drivers the opportunity to return to the United States to properly report their cargo information to meet the ACI regulatory requirements and to avoid penalties. Please see Customs Notice 17-19 for additional information. 

Posted 01/12/2020


Safe Food for Canadians Licence Required to Import Food as of January 15, 2020


CBSA has published a Custom Notice 20-01 confirming food importers who haven't obtained Safe Food for Canadian's license by January 15th, 2020 may experience delays or have their shipment / goods refused entry into Canada.  The importers may also be subject to enforcement actions.  Carrier's shouldn't experience too many delays since The Safe Foods for Canadian Regulations came into force on January 15, 2019 and importers should be aware of the regulatory changes.

Posted 01/12/2020


CBP Section 321 Data Pilot


CBP has selected 9 entities for the Section 321 Data Pilot.  The Data Pilot is a voluntary collaboration with online marketplaces, carriers and technology firms and logistics providers to secure e-commerce supply chains and protect American consumers.  The pilot's participants include actors like Amazon, eBay, Zulily, FedEx, DHL, and UPS as well as technology firm PreClear and logistics providers XP Fulfillment and BoxC Logistics. CBP also plans to expand access to all interested and qualified parties in 2020.  Additional information about the Section 321 Data Pilot can be found on the CBP website.

Posted 01/12/2020


World Trade Organization Notifies Trade of Upcoming Changes to the 2022 Harmonized System 


The seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature used for the uniform classification of goods traded internationally all over the world, has been accepted by the all Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention and will come into force on 1 January 2022.

The HS serves as the basis for Customs tariffs and for the compilation of international trade statistics in 211 economies.  The new HS2022 edition makes some major changes to the Harmonized System with a total of 351 sets of amendments covering a wide range of goods moving across borders.  Here are some of the highlights:

Adaption to current trade through the recognition of new product streams and addressing environmental and social issues of global concern are the major features of the upcoming HS 2022 amendments.

Visibility will be introduced to a number of high profile product streams in the 2022 Edition to recognise the changing trade patterns.  Electrical and electronic waste, commonly referred to as e-waste, is one example of a product class which presents significant policy concerns as well as a high value of trade, hence HS 2022 includes specific provisions for its classification to assist countries in their work under the Basel Convention.  New provisions for novel tobacco and nicotine based products resulted from the difficulties of the classification of these products, lack of visibility in trade statistics and the very high monetary value of this trade.  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, also gain their own specific provisions to simplify the classification of these aircraft.  Smartphones will gain their own subheading and Note, which will also clarify and confirm the current heading classification of these multifunctional devices.  The notification can be found on the World Trade Organization Website.

Posted 01/12/2020


CBSA Releases Revised Departmental Memo D3-1-1


CBSA revised Departmental Memorandum D3-1-1 on November 18, 2019.  This memorandum explains is a core memorandum applicable to all modes

transportation but does not include the Carrier Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) Program or exports reporting requirements which are covered under separate memorandums.  This memorandum is recommended reading for carriers transporting goods / shipments into Canada.

Posted on 12/04/2019


CBSA Releases Revised Departmental Memo D3-4-2


CBSA revised Departmental Memorandum D3-4-2 on September 12, 2019.  This is a memorandum outlines and explains the requirements and procedures for reporting cargo for highway carriers.  This memo is recommended reading for all highway carriers transporting goods / shipments into Canada.

Posted on 12/04/2019


New U.S. In-Bond Tools


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.

Posted 08/14/2019


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


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.

Posted 08/04/2019


CBP Launches a Voluntary Section 321 Pilot


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.

Presently CBP is processing 1.8 million shipments a day and expects the volume to increase exponentially with the ever-increasing number of e-commerce shipments.  This pilot will be used to develop and evaluate tools they can use to target shipments.   Some of the technology they are testing may be quite advanced when you consider comparing pictures or digital images to VACIS scans. 

CBP is looking to implement the pilot on shipments entering into the United States via air, truck or rail and is looking for eligible applicants within the e-commerce vendors, carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, on-line market places.  Participants will be required to provide additional available data elements based on the participant's function(s) within the supply chain.  CBP will be combine and compare the data from multiple participants to target high risk shipments.   Initially the pilot will include 9 participants but may expanded to include additional participants in the future.  Once the pilot has been completed it will be evaluated to determine whether it should be expanded to include additional participants and whether additional mandatory advanced reporting requirements are necessary in the e-commerce environment.

Posted 07/23/2019


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


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.

Posted 07/07/2019


A8A Cargo Control Document SpecimenA8A Cargo Control Document Specimen


Highway Carrier In-Bond Process Change on July 1st!  Happy Canada Day!


CBSA has published Customs Notice 19-11 notifying highway carriers they will no longer need to present an A8A(B) Cargo Control Documents at the border for

shipments traveling in-bond in Canada as long as the ACI shipment declaration specifies the shipment will be moving in-bond.  This change will reduce the paper burden for both CBSA and carriers since drivers / carriers will no longer need to prepare and present the A8A(B) manifest to CBSA at the border.

Even though the front-end processes are changing carriers should still follow tried and true back-end processes simply because existing industry partners readily recognize the A8A(B) Cargo Control Manifest and a properly completed manifest will include all of the data elements customs brokers / importers will need to submit their release declarations.  Carriers will still need to forward the Long Room and Customs Delivery Authority Copies to the Customs Broker / Importer and present the Warehouse Operator’s Copy to the Sufferance Warehouse Operator.

One reason a carrier still should forward both the Long Room and Customs Delivery Authority Copies to the Customs Broker / Importer is that in some instances they may have to submit a paper release declaration to CBSA and both the Long Room and Customs Delivery Authority Copies of the A8A(B) Cargo Control Manifest must be included with the release package.

Carriers must obtain proof they have reported their in-bond shipments to the appropriate sufferance warehouse.  Many carriers have the warehouse operator verify acceptance of the in-bond goods either on the Station Copy or a photocopy of the Warehouse Operator’s Copy of an A8A(B) Cargo Control Manifest and use the the manifest as warehouse receipt to meet their record keeping requirements.

The Customs Notice also highlights the existing re-manifesting and abstracting processes will remain a paper-based process.

Please note:  There are still instances where carriers may need to prepare and present A8A(B) cargo declarations and present them to CBSA at the border to obtain a release, to move a shipment in-bond that wasn't initially intended to be transported in bond or obtain a stamped proof of release and for record keeping purposes. Examples include single trip bonds, shipments involving exceptional processing and RMDs.  Carriers should refer to D-Memo D3-4-2 or D3-1-1 for additional information.  

Posted 06/10/2019