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Electronic Conveyance Arrival Messages Mandatory in Canada for Air and Marine Carriers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Canada Border Services Agency has issued a notice informing air, marine and rail carriers who operate conveyances arriving in Canada from a foreign country and must report to the CBSA under section 12(1) of the Customs Act that the requirement for electronic conveyance arrival certification messages became mandatory May 6 for the air and marine modes. CACM in the rail mode will become mandatory July 10. Carriers who do not comply with these deadlines may be subject to penalties.

According to the notice, the electronic CACM message must be transmitted to the CBSA by registered participants using an electronic data interchange method in accordance with the following requirements.

Marine mode. The CACM must be transmitted when the marine vessel lands at a CBSA office upon arrival in Canada; i.e., when it first comes to rest in Canada, whether at anchor, at dock or berthed alongside at the nearest CBSA office designated for that purpose. The CACM can be transmitted and received by the CBSA within a two-hour window prior to arrival, allowing carriers to transmit their arrival request up to two hours in advance of their actual arrival, conditional on the vessel being within Canadian waters at the time the arrival request is submitted.

Air mode. The CACM must be transmitted without delay after the aircraft that is transporting cargo (specified goods) is cleared by NAV Canada to land at an airport following arrival in Canada.

Rail mode. The CACM must be transmitted up to 30 minutes in advance of the actual arrival of the conveyance at the Canadian border.

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