OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) eManifest requirement under the Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) program is one step closer to becoming mandatory.
The regulation was pre-published this past weekend in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).
Voluntary submission of eManifest began in October 2012. CBSA reports that more than 10,600 highway carriers are currently using eManifest, representing more than 95% of the cross-border highway volumes in 2013.
“Now that the regulations have been pre-published in the Gazette Part I, public and industry stakeholders will have 30 days to submit comments on the proposed regulation,” the CTA explains. “CBSA will then respond to all comments it receives and once any necessary adjustments are made, the regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette Part II. CBSA will then make a subsequent announcement that eManifest will soon be mandatory and highway carriers will have 45 days advance notice of the mandatory compliance date.”
Once the system is mandated, there’ll be six-month period where zero-rated AMPS penalties will be applied for non-compliance. Following that, penalties will be assessed to non-complying carriers.