ACI eManifest Requirements Now Mandatory

ACI eManifest Requirements Now Mandatory

After many delays and false starts, as of May 6, 2015, ACI eManifest regulations are now in effect. As per the eManifest regulatory amendments published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, we have summarized the impact on highway carriers below.

What Does This Mean For Highway Carriers?

  1. Carriers who have not yet registered are advised to do so immediately and may contact Pacific Customs Brokers for help with this process.
  2. Carriers who have registered for the program but have not yet begun to file are advised to begin as soon as possible so that they are fully compliant at the deadline.
  3. Carriers who have registered for the ACI eManifest program and have already been transmitting ACI eManifest data, will carry on with business as usual.

The following is an official notice from Bruna Rados, Director General, Information, Science and Technology Branch, CBSA.

I am pleased to advise that on May 6, 2015, regulatory amendments supporting the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) eManifest initiative were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. This final step in the Government of Canada's regulatory process makes the eManifest requirements for highway carriers, rail carriers and freight forwarders, as set out in the regulations, legally binding. Today, the CBSA website has been updated to inform stakeholders that the following implementation timelines apply to eManifest requirements for highway carriers.

Implementation Timelines

eManifest requirements for highway carriers are now mandatory and the following implementation timelines apply:

  • From May 6, 2015, to July 10, 2015, the CBSA will provide carriers with a period of transition during which penalties for non-compliance will not be issued. The Agency will work closely with carriers on corrective measures to help them comply with eManifest requirements.
  • From July 10, 2015, to January 10, 2016, carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA's Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
  • Beginning January 10, 2016, carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties.

This is an important milestone in eManifest implementation and the CBSA continues to offer industry support in their transition to eManifest through online resources and dedicated client support.

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How Pacific Customs Brokers Can Help

Pacific Customs Brokers offers both self and full service eManifest filing. We also provide ACE e-Manifest filing services for shipments into the U.S.

Get Your eManifest Questions Answered

Pacific Customs Brokers is fully aware of just how intimidating this whole program can seem. Carriers and customs brokers both work towards a common goal - getting the shipment to the customer as quickly and efficiently as possible. In our ongoing effort to provide a wide variety of carrier-related services, and to help you prepare for this regulation, we are offering a series of ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars in the coming weeks. In these 90-minute sessions we will answer questions, offer practical solutions and help with the ACI eManifest regulations in effect.

If you have any questions about ACI eManifest, please do not hesitate to contact our Carrier Relations Liaison at 855.542.6644 or via email at

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Darren Turnbull

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.