The Canadian government has announced $431.6 million in
funding for three programs aimed at making the border more secure and
The five-year plan, announced Friday, Jan. 12, by Public
Safety Minister Stockwell Day, will promote and implement electronic manifests
for truck cargo, and programs called Business Resumption and Partners in
Electronic manifests - or eManifests as they are often
called - will require carriers to convey cargo and crew information to border
officials prior to crossing the border by highway or rail.
This will be similar to the ACE program - Automated
Commercial Environment - that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is phasing
ACE in the U.S. will soon require trucks at all ports of
entry - full or empty - to transmit electronic manifests to border officials
prior to entering the U.S.
The eManifest program in Canada will take five years to
implement, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.
Next is the $24 million Business Resumption program that
will develop coordinated responses to emergencies, and keep cross-border
business and trade moving during a crisis.
The last $11.6 million will pay for border security and
investigations into crime and terrorism. This program will be harmonized with
the U.S.-based Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, known as C-TPAT.
For more information, visit the Canada Border Services
Agency's Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.