eManifest is a transformational initiative that will modernize and improve cross-border commercial processes.
When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically transmit advance commercial information to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) within prescribed mode-specific time frames.
On February 15, 2014, proposed eManifest regulatory amendments were published in Part I of the Canada Gazette. These proposed amendments will support:
This pre-publication provides a 30-day period (until March 17, 2014) for internal and external stakeholders to comment or pose questions on the proposed regulatory amendments.
Comments on the proposed regulatory amendments published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1 can be submitted by mail and addressed to Tracy Annett, Director, Cabinet, Parliamentary and Regulatory Affairs Division, Canada Border Services Agency, 191 Laurier Avenue West, 13th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L8, or by email at the following email address: HPP-SP.PHP-PS@CBSA-ASFC.GC.CA. All submissions must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication (February 15, 2014).
The CBSA will communicate when regulations to enforce the above-mentioned eManifest requirements are expected to be in place, once confirmed, and at least 45 days in advance of the mandatory compliance date. The mandatory compliance date (coming into force date) cannot be confirmed until after the CBSA responds to comments received during the 30-day comment period and may also be affected by the normal regulatory process.
The CBSA is committed to delivering a reliable and efficient commercial border process to provide tangible benefits to the trade community.
eManifest will be a virtually paperless process that starts before shipments reach the border. The collection and risk assessment of advance commercial information, sent electronically to the CBSA, will allow low-risk shipments to be identified prior to arrival and processed in a more efficient manner upon arrival in Canada.
The transmission and notification systems implemented under eManifest will improve two-way communication between clients and the CBSA.
Trusted trader programs, such as the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program, the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program, and the Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP), will continue to exist with the implementation of eManifest and will complement the systems and processes that will be put in place by eManifest.
eManifest will make Canada's border processes more secure and compatible with North American and international standards, which is important for the business community and for Canada as a whole. The data required under eManifest are harmonized to the greatest extent possible with the World Customs Organization and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to reduce the administrative burden on business.