CBSA tells carriers ACI eManifest requirements are now mandatory
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.
When applicable, the CBSA may issue penalties for:
failing to provide advance information;
failing to provide advance information in the prescribed time or in the prescribed manner;
failing to correct advance information;
failing to provide true/accurate/complete information; and/or
failing to comply with an electronic customs Risk Assessment notice.
Each penalty is intended to apply to all submission requirements and all trade chain partners responsible for pre-arrival/pre-load information, including the provision that multiple penalties may be issued per shipment if multiple trade chain partners are in contravention of their respective requirements.
Carriers who have not started the process of filing ACI eManifests should start now so they can work out any bugs with their systems.