Canada border requirement for trucks won't be enforced until May 2013

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Friday, November 09, 2012

The Canada Border Services Agency plans to fully implement the eManifest requirement in May 2013 for highway carriers crossing the border. After that, the agency could turn carriers away and fine them if they do not supply proper information about the cargo, vehicle and driver in advance of arriving at a border crossing.

The “eManifest” refers to the document that carriers and shippers must file online prior to the truck arriving to cross into Canada from the U.S.

Initial releases stated matter-of-factly that the Canadian Border Services Agency would turn away carriers starting Nov. 1 of this year if they did not submit their conveyance documents ahead of a crossing.

Somewhere along the line, the clause about denying entry into Canada became “May 2013.”

Land Line asked the agency about the change.

And while the agency did not specifically clarify when the change occurred, officials said the bottom line is that carriers will not face financial penalties – or face the possibility of being turned away at the border – until May 2013.

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