Do you haul into Canada? Learn more about eManifest

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Once a new program takes effect, U.S. truckers hauling into Canada will be required to send cargo information to the Canada Border Services Agency in advance of arriving at the border or risk being delayed or turned back. The program known as eManifest is not in full force yet, but the U.S. Commercial Service is hosting an online class to help truckers understand the process.

In short, eManifest applies to all modes of modes of cargo transportation entering Canada. It requires those transporting cargo to electronically transmit information about the cargo, vehicle and driver to the border ahead of the trip. Once implemented, the requirement will apply to owner-operators, small and large fleets, brokers, shippers and freight forwarders hauling into Canada.

The objectives are to make the border more secure and reduce waiting times for trucks. It’s similar to a program called ACE that the U.S. implemented for cargo shipments entering the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.

The U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department of Commerce, will conduct an online course, called a webinar, on July 15, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern, to update and inform stakeholders about the eManifest program.

According to the U.S. Commercial Service, the webinar will go over the proposed changes and help truckers – especially small-business truckers and owner-operators – understand what they’ll be required to do once eManifest is in full force.

Click here to register for the webinar. Final instructions for logging in will be emailed to participants prior to the start of the webinar. Questions about the webinar may be directed to Tracey Ford with the U.S. Commercial Service, Tracey.Ford@trade.gov, 613-688-5406.

The Canada Border Services Agency, or CBSA, first announced eManifest a few years ago, but has twice delayed implementing the full requirements of the program. The agency is currently allowing truckers, carriers, shippers, brokers and freight forwarders to sign up and use the eManifest web portal voluntarily.

The CBSA says it will give 45 days’ notice before making eManifest compliance mandatory. The agency says it will also keep stakeholders informed about any changes or updates.

Here’s another helpful link: The top 10 things highway carriers need to know about eManifest.

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