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Implementing eManifest for your business

As the transition period for eManifest ends, are you prepared to avoid penalties?

By Wajiha Suboor

The initiative known as eManifest requires all carriers transporting into Canada to send cargo and conveyance data one hour before arrival. Sending the transport documentation in advance will let authorities effectively pre-screen the trade goods even before they arrive at the border. This means shorter wait times at the border and an estimated $391 million savings in cost from reduced delays and paperless-efficiency over a twelve-year period.


Many countries have already implemented electronic processes to manage imports. eManifest is similar to ACE, the system Canadians use when exporting to the United States. While the road to electronic submission of cargo data is a little complicated, we’re here to help fleet managers traverse it in this two-part series. In Part One, we’ll discuss the timeline for implementation, penalties applied, and the two ways outlined by the CBSA to send data electronically so you can determine the best one for your operations. Part Two will cover the technical and business requirements needed to install the two options.

Timeline for Implementation We are currently in the transition period of the eManifest regulations. There are essentially three dates to keep in mind:

  • May 6, 2015– This is when we entered the transition period for eManifest. From this date, the Canadian Border Service Agency will work closely with carriers to help them meet compliance. However, no penalties for non-compliance will be issued.
  • July 10, 2015– On this day, eManifest will fully go into effect. After July 10, violations could result in non-monetary penalties, beginning with educational and corrective measures.
  • January 10, 2016– Financial penalties for non-compliance with eManifest will begin to be issued.


eManifest Options

Depending on the size of their business, there are two options to transmit cargo and conveyance data to the Canadian Border Services Agency.

  1. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method automates the processing of documents sent between two companies, in this case the shipper and CBSA. The EDI method is recommended for larger businesses with a high volume of cross-border traffic. EDI is different from email because there are no people involved whatsoever. Using this method does require a lengthier installation process and costs.
  2. eManifest Portal sends documentation to the CBSA over the internet. The portal is ideal for small-to-medium sized businesses that do not have as many cross-border shipments to justify the cost of an EDI solution.

The way the two interact with the CBSA’s system varies with greatly. For EDI, carriers must apply to become EDI clients through four different options: Direct, EDI Network Service Providers, Customs Internet Gateway or third-party providers.

Alternatively, the eManifest portal allows companies to send their data over the internet. All that’s needed is to set up an account through the CBSA’s provider.

In Part Two, we will go over the business and data requirements in detail for the two options.

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