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CBSA issues notice regarding electronic notification at sufferance warehouses

OTTAWA, Ont.– According to a CBSA Customs Notice 14-002, the agency has informed sufferance warehouse owners/operators licensed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that, due to timelines associated with the regulatory process, the requirement for the electronic notification of cargo arrival at sufferance warehouses under an amendment to the Customs Sufferance Warehouses Regulations will not be mandatory in fall 2013 (sic) as previously communicated in Customs Notice 13-018. Updates regarding the status of the regulatory process will be made public through the CBSA Web site when available.

The CBSA said it continues to strongly advise sufferance warehouse operators to take advantage of the additional time and the CBSA’s various client support resources to become compliant as soon as possible.

As part of the CBSA’s eManifest implementation, the transmission of an electronic inland Cargo Arrival Certification message by sufferance warehouse operators or their authorized third party service providers will become mandatory when the enabling regulations come into force. This mandatory requirement will apply to operators of all types of CBSA-licensed sufferance warehouses and the CBSA will provide advance notice of the mandatory compliance date. Once the regulations are in place,non-compliant warehouse operators could be subject to penalties.

The electronic inland Cargo Arrival Certification message must be transmitted by registered participants in the CBSA’s Release Notification System (RNS), using an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method, when commercial goods physically arrive at an inland sufferance warehouse.

The requirement for an electronic inland Cargo Arrival Certification message replaces the current manual arrival and transfer of liability process at inland destinations that requires warehouse operators to endorse the cargo control document, bill of lading, waybill or other similar document provided by the carrier.