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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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CBP Changing In-Bond Processes

Posted 12/12/2017

CBP Published notice CSMS#17-000736 - on November 22, 2017 In Bond Regulations changes published in the Federal Register on September 28, 2017 will take effect on November 27, 2017. Carriers transporting In-Bond shipments within the USA should familiar themselves with the changes.  

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ACE / DTOPS Truck Transponder Registration Discrepancies

Posted 11/21/2017

CBP Message CSMS# 17-000729 - Truck Manifest


CBP has seen an increase in trucks at the land border where a transponder's status is showing “Not Paid” when in fact, the carrier has a valid annual or single user fee payment on file. In order for the transponder to work, regardless of payment type, the license plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN) on file with the DTOPS must match identically to the records in ACE. In almost 100% of the instances that DTOPS and ACE have researched, the problem at the border stems from a mismatch in the VIN number that was submitted by the carrier.  

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CBP to Change Hours at the Ports of Roseau and Lancaster MN

Posted 11/6/2017

Effective January 7, 2018  the Port of Lancaster hours will be 8:am to 4:pm.  Effective January 7, 2018 The Port of Roseau hours will be 8:am to 8:pm. 

Additional Information can be found on U.S Customs and Border Protections website.  

Windsor - Detroit Tunnel Closed for 9 Days

Posted 10/23/2017

The Windsor Tunnel will be closed for Tunnel Ceiling Replacement between October 20th @ 8:PM to October 30th @ 5:30 AM

 http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/tunnel-closure-what-you-need-to-know

CBP Adds New Driver Date of Birth Validation into ACE

Posted 10/23/2017

Truck Manifest

Please be advised that the ACE Truck Manifest System will be adding a new validation for Date of Birth upon trade Adding or Updating a Crew member account using an EDIFACT Standard MEDPID message. This validation will not be checked when deactivating a crew account.

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Liability for Commercial Information - CBSA Customs Notice 17-26

Posted 9/20/2017

On September 11, 2017 CBSA published Customs Notice 17-26 clarifying who is responsible for providing the Advance Commercial Information at the conveyance and shipment levels.

Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Compliance Evaluation Period Extended

Posted 8/29/2017

The Canadian Society of Customs Brokers has posted a notice stating CBSA has extended the ACI Commercial Information Compliance Evaluation Period until midnight December 31, 2017.  Under the extension CBSA will continue to allow Highway carriers who arrive at the border without their ACI declaration on file to to return to the United States to avoid ACI penalties .  The memo also highlighted carriers are liable to ensure all ACI information provided is true, accurate and complete including the cargo description.

Technical Commercial Client Unit Post TCCU-170

Posted 8/29/2017

The TCCU Published message TCCU17-170 published a Reminder to the customs brokerage clients regarding duplicate cargo control number (CCN) errors.  The errors are created when a customs broker submits an entry and the cargo control number is already on file in the CBSA system.  There are many reasons in why these errors occur and I have highlighted some of the reasons in my article "Are Your PARS Stickers Costing You Money?".  

The TCCU Notice also suggest that carriers may be able to use the Release Notification System Query functionality to determine essentially the entry number associated with the reject yet many carriers may not be subscribed to the RNS system.  Carriers can subscribe to the RNS system since it is independent of CBSA's  ACI system.  The RNS system will allow carriers to query their Cargo Control Numbers, obtain electronic proof of releases for their shipments and may assist them with their awareness of Canadian Food Inspection Agency controlled shipments involving meat which may require re-inspections.  A RNS subscription service is available through eManifest Express.  

Carriers should also note the ACI system will reject their cargo declaration if their is a duplicate CCN.  CBSA will also send out a ACI "Document Not on File" message if the customs broker's or importer's customs declaration is not matched to a carrier's ACI cargo declaration (CCN) .  Carriers can use this message to spot cargo control numbers that may have been incorrectly entered.

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