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COMPETITION WATCH: MacKinnon continues to prepare for ACE compliancy

GUELPH, Ont. -- MacKinnon Transport will be ready when ACE becomes mandatory for some states in January, the compan...

GUELPH, Ont. — MacKinnon Transport will be ready when ACE becomes mandatory for some states in January, the company has announced. MacKinnon has been transmitting e-manifests since the beginning of November through the ports of Buffalo and Detroit.

MacKinnon was one of 29 carrier companies invited to attend a feedback session in Virginia with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and key Customs personnel responsible for developing the ACE Secure Data Portal. They have also been on the forefront in discussing future enhancements to the system, prioritizing issues of concern, and providing suggestions on how to improve the existing system, company officials say.

MacKinnon was one of six carrier companies invited to participate in a training session. The purpose of the session was to show how to run ACE reports and also obtain feedback on the curriculum and what changes need to be made for this to be of value for carriers. The company says it participates biweekly in conference calls with Customs Border Protection, the Ontario Trucking Association and the ATA to keep up to date on the latest ACE updates.

MacKinnon is currently involved in all aspects of EDI and ACE Portal Transmission of electronic manifests; ACEs effect on the transportation of Dangerous Goods; the FAST program; and ACE and varying release types, including repercussions to PAPS, BRASS, In Bonds, Low Value Shipments, and FDA shipments.

MacKinnon is also offering e-manifest service to interliner carriers. Seventeen carriers have already expressed an interest, with six confirmed, the company says. MacKinnon has said it will prepare bonds in-house using the ACE Portal on behalf of its customers as opposed to relying on brokers.

For questions or inquiries into MacKinnon’s ACE e-manifest services contact Jennifer Fox at 519-821-2311 ext. 2260 or at

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