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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. 

Highway Customs Warehouse in Ottawa, Ontario Closing November 30, 2018.

Posted 10/12/2018

CBSA Published in Customs Notice 18-15 that the Highway Sufferance Warehouse at 1255 Leeds Avenue in Ottawa Ontario (sub-location code 5675) will be surrendering their BW Sufferance Warehouse License on November 30, 2018.  CBSA is inviting applications for a new BW sufferance warehouse yet carriers may have to make alternative arrangements at clear in-bond shipments at another warehouse if another BW warehouse does not open before the Boyd Moving & Storage facility surrenders their license. 

CBP's Northern Border Strategy

Posted 10/4/2018

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan highlighted DHS's northern border strategy.  The strategy includes some technological enhancements which will allow trucks to cross the border without stopping.  A copy of the strategy has been published on the DHS website. 

Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations

Posted 9/15/2018

Regulatory changes related to the Safe Foods for Canadians Act come into force on January 15, 2019.  These regulations may require businesses to have a license to import, export or send food across provincial and territorial borders.  They may also need to a preventative control plan and traceability records.

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CBP Announces In-Bond Enforcement Discretion

Posted 8/1/2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection advised carriers in CSMS# 18-000466 they will not be fully implementing the in-bond arrival and export reporting mandate scheduled to become effective August 6, 2018.  CBP will continue to assisting Traders with in-bond arrival and exporting reporting as needed and will extend the reporting period from 2 business days to 4 business days.  Ports have been instructed to evaluate Trade's progress during the 6 month extension and at their discretion will be able to fully enforce the regulations for egregious violations or a lack of demonstration of good faith efforts.  Additionally CBP officers will continue to stamp or perforate a CBP Form 7512 in-bond verifying exportation at the request of a carrier.  For additional information see CSMS# 18-000466.

Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closure (Edmundston, New Brunswick)

Posted 7/31/2018

CBSA in Customs Notice CN18-10 is notifying carriers the Highway Sufferance Warehouse in Edmundston, New Brunswick will be permanently closed on July 31, 2018.  CBSA will not be advertising for a new highway sufferance warehouse at the port.  Carriers who used this facility will have to route their In-Bond freight to another port.

CBP Arrival and Export of In-Bond Shipments

Posted 7/30/2018

CBP has mandated carriers mandated highway carriers arrive and export their In-Bond shipments within two business days after the cargo has arrived at the bonded facility / port or exported from the United States.  The enforcement of the mandate will begin on Monday August 6th.  Carriers will need to provide CBP with the FIRMS code when they arrive their shipments.  A listing of the FIRMS Codes can be found on the CBP website.  CBP has also published a Frequently Asked Questions page on their website regarding the mandate. 

CBSA Publishes Addendum Documents for Air, Marine, Highway, Rail, Housebill, RNS and Notices ECCRD standards.

Posted 7/25/2018

TCCU announced in TCC18-086 new addendum documents designed to improve freight forwarder house bill functionality which will be introduced into production in October 2018.  The standards are available by contacting the TCCU or your GCcollab account.

CBSA Opens Up New Facility at Lansdowne

Posted 7/20/2018

CBSA officially opened up a new port facility at Lansdowne Ontario on June 21, 2018.