5 Frequently Asked Questions About ACI eManifest | Part 2

5 Frequently Asked Questions About ACI eManifest | Part 2

As highway carriers struggle with the challenges presented to their business by ACI emanifest regulations and strive to get compliant, we frequently receive inquiries that need clarification. In the coming weeks, we'll feature five frequently asked questions about ACI eManifest. Jan Brock, recently retired Chief of Commercial Operations with Canada Border Services Agency for the Pacific Highway and Abbotsford Huntingdon districts and now a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada) will answer your questions about ACI emanifests and compliance.

So What Are Highway Carriers' Biggest Questions?

1. Do I Still Have To Get My Individual PARS Stamped?

The CBSA officer will continue to stamp individual PARS at the request of the carrier. As the stamp on the lead sheet only represents "proof of report" carriers that are not RNS participants may want to continue to get individual PARS stamped as proof of release.

2. Does ACI eManifest Replace A8A Cargo Control Documents?

No, ACI eManifest has not replaced the A8A cargo control document requirements. Carriers must still submit an A8A when moving shipments in-bond from the FPOA to an inland destination.

There are also some shipments that are subject to exceptional processing such as Temporary Admission permits (E29B and ATA Carnets, Orders in Council (OIC) and personal goods. Although these exceptional processes still require advance cargo and conveyance data to be transmitted, a paper manifest must also be provided for acquittal purposes.

3. Can I Use Someone Else's Carrier Code?

Yes and no. You can report cargo using someone else's carrier code but the conveyance report must be filed using the carrier code of the carrier that is the owner of the conveyance carrying the goods across the border into Canada. If you do not currently have a carrier code, you will need to apply for one ASAP.

Learn More: ACI eManifest: Proof Of Report And Proof Of Release - Know The Difference

4. Can I Still Move Shipments In Bond?

Yes. For goods that move in-bond, the CBSA port of destination and CBSA sub-location warehouse code associated with that inland port must be provided electronically in advance. The warehouse operator at the destination warehouse must be a Release Notification System (RNS) participant. They will be required to acknowledge receipt of the freight by transmitting an electronic arrival message to the CBSA. When the CBSA has released the shipment, the carrier will receive an RNS message (if they are a RNS participant).

5. How Can I Learn More About ACI eManifest? 

Many highway carriers and importers have found our ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars to be very informative and helpful. In these 90-minute sessions we answer questions, offer practical solutions and help with the ACI eManifest regulations in effect. For details and to register »

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Jan Brock

Jan Brock joined PCB Customs Brokers in 2015 as a Senior Trade Advisor. She retired from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in 2015 after serving more than 37 years. Jan started her career with CBSA as a summer student in 1976 and worked part-time until she graduated from U.B.C. with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1980 . Shortly after graduating from U.B.C. Jan worked full time as an inspector with CBSA and within three years was promoted to Superintendent. She served some time in the Regional Operations office as an Operations Review Officer before she was promoted to Chief of Operations first at the Customs Mail Centre, then in the Metro District as the Commercial Chief and ending her career as a Chief at Pacific Highway Commercial Operations where she served as Chief from 1992 to 2015. During her career she was a member of the Customs Drug Team and a trainer in the National Enforcement Program. Jan also served as the Regional Coordinator Officer Powers and Use of Force for the Pacific Region. Jan served on many Commercial Program Reviews and committees both national and regional during her career and possesses an expansive knowledge of importing and exporting into and from Canada.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.