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Canada Issues Interim eManifest Requirements for Empty/In-Transit Truck and Rail Conveyances

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Canada Border Services Agency announced June 25 an interim policy with respect to Advance Commercial Information requirements for empty and in-transit highway and rail conveyances. Under newly published amendments made under the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations, highway and rail carriers are responsible for electronically transmitting conveyance data for empty conveyances arriving in Canada as well as in-transit movements.

Empty conveyances. Highway and rail carriers that arrive at the first port of arrival with empty conveyances (with no specified goods on board) and have not transmitted ACI data will not, for an appropriate period of time, receive any Administrative Monetary Penalty System penalties for failing to transmit ACI for that empty conveyance. Carriers that are unable to electronically transmit ACI data for empty conveyances will be required to continue to verbally report empty conveyances at the FPOA.

The CBSA encourages highway carriers to transmit electronic conveyance data for empty conveyances but will accept the following process if carriers are unable due to logistical constraints to provide the driver of the empty conveyance with the required bar-coded lead sheet to report the conveyance.

- Carriers may transmit multiple conveyance reports in advance and maintain a supply of pre-printed lead sheets in company conveyances. Conveyance reports transmitted to CBSA remain valid for a period of up to 90 days in advance of arrival.

- When it is determined that a conveyance will be returning to Canada empty, the carrier will send a correction (pre-arrival change) to one of the conveyance reports already transmitted, with the correct data for that conveyance.

- The driver will present that lead sheet to the CBSA at the time of arrival.

This process does not apply to highway Customs Self-Assessment carriers that arrive at the FPOA with empty conveyances.

In-transit conveyances. Until such time as the CBSA implements and mandates a complete in-transit solution it will not issue AMPS penalties for failing to electronically transmit in-transit conveyance data. Highway carriers will continue to report in-transit movements on paper according to existing processes. Rail carriers may continue to report in-transit movements on paper using form BSF708 or may choose to transmit an electronic conveyance report without using the cargo exception code “8” for in-transits. Rail carriers who choose the latter option will also be required to transmit electronic in-transit cargo data. Rail carriers are required to transmit cargo as an import movement to Canada and are asked to include the text “in-transit goods” in the special instructions field of the cargo transmission.

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