June delays at border caused by leaky A/C

OTTAWA, ON - An outage of the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) system in June, caused delays at the border for some trucks over a 30-hour period. The Statistics Canada outage that affected the CAED, was caused by a leaking air conditioner the CBC is reporting. According to the news outlet, repairs incorrectly done led to an escalating set of circumstances that triggered the second major outage of the year for the statistics bureau.

Temporary fix to avoid ACI penalties

OTTAWA, ON -- Trucks that arrive at the Canada-U.S. border without Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) will for a 90-day period be allowed to turn around without incurring Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPS), Canada Border Services Agency has announced. eManifest requirements have been mandatory for highway carriers since January 11, 2016, and carriers still have to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically before arriving at the border. It's good news for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The group has recently been citing recurring delays and system outages, and for several months been working with the agency to solve issues surrounding the AMPS linked to ACI reporting requirements.

U.S. in-transit shipments are almost back

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency is moving forward on a pilot program aiming to simplify Canadian shipments in-transit through the United States. That is, loads originating in Canada and ending in Canada but travelling via the U.S. en route. In fact, CBP's In-Transit Manifest Pilot Program will work to restore the once common in-transit practice that was curtailed by post-9/11 changes to U.S. border security procedures. Nine Canadian carriers involved in the program will be able to use a limited set of data when crossing the border, easing the administrative burden significantly. According to a notice published in the U.S. Federal Register yesterday, "Test participants will submit electronically an in-transit manifest with a relaxed validation for the value data element and they will not have to provide the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number."