Canada’s e-manifest rule rolls to forwarders

canada-mapExcerpt from: American Shipper | By: Eric Kulisch | December 15, 2016

Under new rules that went into effect Nov. 7, freight forwarders managing inbound shipments to Canada must now submit electronic house bills of lading prior to arrival so the customs service can analyze the data and assess whether the shipment poses a risk from a security, safety, health, or economic standpoint.

Transportation intermediaries have eight months to get systems in place to transmit the advance data before meaningful penalties kick in.

The move is the final step toward implementation of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Advanced Commercial Information and electronic-manifest programs, which roughly mirror many of the pre-arrival data requirements in the United States.

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