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

Posted 6/10/2019

Sample A8A Cargo Control DocumentSample A8A Cargo Control DocumentCBSA 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 travelling 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. 

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Summerside Prince Edward Island Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closed

Posted 5/29/2019

CBSA in Customs Notice CN19-10 that the Highway Sufferance Warehouse in Closure (Summerside, PEI)

1. The purpose of this notice is to advise that:

  • (a) effective April 1, 2019 the company located at 125 Ryan Street, P.O. Box 1350 Summerside, Prince Edward Island has surrendered their “BW” type highway sufferance warehouse license.
  • (b) the Canada Border Services Agency has decided not to advertise for a new highway sufferance warehouse at this port.

2. As such, effective immediately all bonded highway carriers transporting commercial freight for clearance at Summerside, Prince Edward Island port of entry will have to report to the highway sufferance warehouse located at:

Port 102 – Atlantic Warehousing Ltd.
5 Garfield Street
Charlottetown PE C1A 6A4

Please send your questions concerning this notice to:

Eric Albert
Canada Border Services Agency
81 Rue Albert, Suite 401
Moncton, NB
E1C 1B3

Phone: 506-851-7550

IID's Implemented

Posted 4/6/2019

Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Transport Canada (TC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are proceeding with the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) implementation.  The IID declaration requires Importers and Customs Brokers to provide CBSA and the respective Participating Government Agency/Agencies additional information prior to release. 

Shipments involving CFIA (all programs), NRCan (Energy Efficiency Program) and TC (Tires Program) must be declared using IID declarations.  CBSA notified all importers and brokers in message TCC10-028 they will begin a phased in decommissioning of the legacy service options (i.e. OGD PARS and OGD RMD) on April 1st.  The notice also advises CBSA will actively monitor and identify certified Trade Chain Partners (TCPs) who continue to use the legacy service options and advises they will no longer be available after several months.

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ACE Section 321 Enhancements Deploying March 30th.

Posted 3/23/2019

US Customs and Border Protection announced in CSMS# 19-000156 they would be deploying enhancements in ACE that will allow truck carriers to declare more than 5000 Section 321 shipments per manifest. They also announced they will be deploying a series of enhancements to improve performance and response time.  The notice also advises carriers will be able to submit more than 9999 shipments against a single manifest and instruction on how to submit more than 9999 shipments can be found by clicking on the CSMS message link above.

Canada Border Services Increasing Importer Penalties April 1st, 2019

Posted 3/11/2019

Initiated by the Auditor General of Canada's report Canada Border Services Agency announced in Customs Notice 19-05 importer penalties will be increasing.  Administrative Monetary Penalties related to AMPS penalties C004, C080, C081, C082, C083, C152, C157, C168, C169, C214, C215, C216, C217, C218, C218, C223, C224, C298, C336, C350, C351, C352 and C353 will be increasing on April 1, 2019.  For more details regarding each penalty importers should review the Master Penalty Document.


Posted 3/5/2019

Don't Camp Out at the BorderDon't Camp Out at the Border


Shipment Transparency is the key to cross-border efficiency!  The eManifest Express system uses all available messages to provide the status of your shipments so your drivers don’t camp out at the border.  Below is an example of messages and their meanings related to a shipment.

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New US In-Bond Capabilities

Posted 3/5/2019



New US In-Bond CapabilitiesNew US In-Bond Capabilities

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CBP Postpones the Enforcement Date For In-Bond Regulatory Changes

Posted 3/5/2019

CSMS# 19-000103 On January 18, 2019, the Office of Field Operations announced via CSMS 19-000011 that enforcement of the changes to the in-bond regulations that was scheduled to begin on February 6, 2019 was postponed and a new enforcement date would be established. In this announcement, CBP stated that enforcement is not expected prior to March 1, 2019. This was to allow CBP to reschedule the planned consultation and collaboration with the trade through the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) In-bond Working Group. This collaboration is currently scheduled to take place in early April. The new enforcement date will be determined and announced at the completion of the review. 

Use of the Generic Sub-location (9000) Code in All Modes

Posted 3/1/2019

Canada Border Service Agency has published in Customs Notice 19-04 all carriers must declare the appropriate sub-location code within their cargo declaration.  This notice does not apply to highway carriers clearing their shipments at the border (First Port of Arrival) but does include shipments designed to sufferance warehouses and bonded warehouses.  Shipments travelling in-transit through Canada must declare the generic sub-location code of the port of export (i.e. 9 {3 digit CBSA port code}.  Carriers should be aware they maintain liability for in-transit shipments while they are in-transit through Canada unless they bond the goods to a bond the goods to a sufferance warehouse where they can be re-manifested by the subsequent carrier.  In-bond procedures for all modes are generally covered in Customs Memorandum D3-1-1.  

CFIA Postpones National Import Service Center Reductions

Posted 2/4/2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency had scheduled a reduction in hours of National Import Service Center Hours to encourage customs brokers and Importers to submit their CFIA controlled goods utilizing the Single Window (SWI) Initiative Integrated Import Declaration (IID).  Today CFIA notified industry the regular service hours would be maintained.  (See post dated 1/7/2019 for reduction in hours.)  CFIA also highlighted they expect customs brokers and importers to comply with the mandate by April 1st.  Standard NISC Hours are published on the CFIA website.)

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Border Crossing Decal Payment Delays

Posted 1/29/2019

CBP in CSMS Message 19-0000-16 notified industry due to the government shutdown has impacted the National Finance Centers ability to process the annual user decal fee payments for commercial carriers.  This has caused a delay, and some commercial conveyances are being flagged as not having paid the annual user fee, when in fact they have. To help alleviate this, commercial operators should print a receipt confirming payment when renewing, or purchasing a transponder online. This receipt can then be used as proof of payment when crossing at Ports of Entry.

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.  Standard CFIA National Import Service Center Hours can be found on the CFIA website.

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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 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.