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Update on eManifest Canada

On January 11, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) implemented the new eManifest for air and sea freight shipments to Canada. This is an enhancement of the already existing “Advance Cargo Information (ACI)” program which has been in place since 2004.

The purpose of both security filings is to provide the CBSA with advance shipment data to improve the Agency’s ability to detect suspicious shipments before they arrive physically in Canada. At the same time, the new initiative shall streamline commercial cross-border processes.

Major changes

The responsibility to file the eManifest on the House Air Waybill (HAWB) / House Bill of Lading (HB/L) lies with the freight forwarder for both air and sea freight.

The CBSA no longer permits freight forwarders to commission carriers to file on their behalf. Shipping companies and airlines will be required to file the information on master level.

The eManifest requires more data to be transmitted than the ACI.

The existing ACI is now needed for cargo routed via a Canadian port/airport which does not remain in Canada, whereas the eManifest applies to cargo with final destination in Canada.

How does the eManifest affect your shipments?

If the Canadian customs determines your shipment to represent a risk, it might not be loaded at the port/airport of departure or it will be subject to a costly and time intensive customs inspection in Canada.

Data to be provided to DACHSER

DACHSER must respect the ACI / eManifest deadlines:

- 24 hours prior to loading for sea freight
- four hours prior to arrival for air freight

Please help us to carry out the eManifest or ACI filing in time by providing the requested data within the deadlines given by your DACHSER contact.

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