Hefty AMPS Penalties for ACI eManifest Non-Compliance

AMPS PenaltiesACI eManifest – A Quick Recap:

For those of you new to, or unfamiliar with, ACI eManifest, this is how the CBSA summarizes the program. The Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program provides the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) with electronic pre-arrival cargo and conveyance information so they can identify health, safety and security threats related to commercial goods before the goods arrive in Canada. With the implementation of eManifest, highway carriers transporting goods into Canada are required to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA prior to arrival. The cargo and conveyance data must be received and validated by the CBSA a minimum of one hour before the shipment arrives at the border.  ACE is the equivalent U.S. program.


July 10, 2015- January 10, 2015 — “Zero-rated” Penalty Phase – Mandatory Compliance

It has been a few months since CBSA announced the implementation of ACI eManifest in the highway mode. We are currently in the “zero-rated” penalty phase of the ACI eManifest implementation timeline which means that for the period July 10, 2015 to January 10, 2016 non compliant carriers will be issued a penalty but it will be “zero-rated” or have no financial ramifications to it. These zero-rated penalties serve as a warning to carriers to correct the issue or contravention prior to January 10,2016, when monetary fines will be attached to those contraventions.


What is the Administrative Monetary Penalty System?

Let’s take a moment to review the CBSA penalty system for non-compliance known as the Administrative Monetary Penalty System or AMPS.

AMPS is described by CBSA as a sanction regime that authorizes CBSA to issue civil monetary penalties to carriers, importers and exporters for the violation of the CBSA’s trade and border legislation in the commercial stream.

It is intended to level the playing field for all Canadian businesses by incurring a cost for non-compliance. CBSA states, AMPS provides comprehensive penalty coverage for contraventions of the CBSA requirements and obligations and will result in significant overall reduction of the competitive advantage that non-complying clients have over those who have invested in compliance.


Application of the AMPS

AMPS  contraventions may be applied to all commercial clients including importers, exporters, customs brokers, warehouse and duty free operators, carriers, freight forwarders or or their representatives. The AMPS penalties are applied against the person(company), in response to their non-compliance as opposed to seizures which are applied against the goods. To identify the “person” or “company” a client identifier, such as the Canada Revenue Agency issued Business Number (BN) can be used, or the 4 digit CBSA issued carrier code, or the sub-office work location code that identifies the warehouse operator. These identifiers are used in the process of issuing the AMPS penalties.


The AMPS Penalty Framework

The AMPS penalty structure is graduated in most cases providing higher monetary penalties for repeat incidences of the same contravention. For a small number of contraventions, the penalty amount is a flat rate.

CBSA has applied a penalty matrix called the AMPS risk grid which identifies the severity of the impact of the contravention from very low to very high plotted against four criteria:

  1. National security
  2. Health and safety
  3. Economic
  4. International commitments

This risk criteria ensures the penalty amount is in line with potential harm of non-compliance. eg. clerical error vs. fraud.
AMPS penalties are progressive i.e.the first, second and third subsequent occurrences of the same contravention by the same client will receive progressively higher penalty amounts. For contraventions considered high-risk the penalty amounts increase at the second and third levels at higher rates to reflect the severity of the contravention. This translates into a range from $0 at the warning level to $8,000 for repeat offenses of the most serious contraventions. This is applied to each shipment or submission.


30-Day Non-Escalation

CBSA will provide carriers/importers an opportunity to correct non-compliance for low and medium risk contraventions with a 30-day delay to the penalty escalation from level 1 to level 2. The 30 days start from the date of the issuance of the penalty and will not increase to the second level within that 30 days for a second contravention to allow the carriers/importers to take remedial action to prevent having to pay an increased penalty amount.


Contravention Retention Period

The retention period for each individual contravention is either 12 or 36 months for penalty calculation purposes. Contravention retention periods are for the penalty escalation purposes and used to determine when penalties escalate from one level to the next. They are calculated either one year or three years from the date of the last contravention against the client. Once the retention period has expired, and the same contravention occurs again, the system will begin a new retention period and calculate penalty amounts at the first level. Most eManifest contraventions have a one year retention period.

You should be aware that the overall carriers/importers contravention history remains in the AMPS systems for six years plus the current year. Carriers/importers will be given a risk score on their performance assessed against number of contraventions issued and corrections and amendments made with ACI eManifest. Those with higher risk scores will be scrutinized more than those with lower risk scores.  This means delays and possible more penalties and enforcement.


January 10th, 2016 — Penalty Phase Starts

Here are some of the penalties which may be applied against the carrier or client who is non-compliant with ACI eManifest (these monetary fines will be applied in January 2016).

Again, these penalties are issued per shipment or per submission of data.


Contravention 1st Penalty 2nd Penalty 3rd and Subsequent Penalty
Person failed to submit pre-arrival information relating to their cargo and/or conveyance $2000 $4000 $8000 (and in all likelihood the conveyance will be turned around to submit the ACI information from the US in the prescribed format and timeframes)
Person failed to submit advance information in the prescribed time or prescribed manner to the Agency. $250 $375 $750
Person failed to notify the Agency within the prescribed timeframes and without delay of any correction to any pre-arrival information sent to the Agency. $500 $750 $1500
Person submitted information prescribed by the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations that was not true, accurate and complete. $500 $750 $1500
Person failed to comply with notification issued by the CBSA regarding the goods on board or expected to be on board the conveyance. $2000 $4000 $8000


What Carriers and Importers Can Do to avoid AMPS?

While there will be no history of non-compliance retained by the Canada Border Services Agency during the current six-month grace period of zero-rated penalties, now is the time to take the appropriate measures within your company to ensure good compliance protocols so that when the monetary penalties hit in January 2016 your company will avoid the stiff penalties for non-compliance.

A clear understanding of ACI eManifest requirements, comprehensive compliance monitoring and record keeping system will  ensure that you avoid monetary penalties and high risk scoring come January 2016.


Minimize Your Risk of AMPS

Our ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars are 90-minute sessions where we answer questions, offer practical solutions and help with the ACI eManifest regulations in effect. These sessions are presented by Jan Brock, recently retired Chief of Operations with Canada Border Services Agency for the Pacific Highway and Abbotsford Huntingdon Commercial Operations. Jan is now a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

For details and to register »


eManifest Filing Services

Our Border Pro for Carriers eManifest filing services can assist you in submitting all relevant information to Canada Customs within the required time period to ensure your trucks cross the border as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about ACI eManifest, please do not hesitate to contact our Carrier Relations Liaison at 855.542.6644 or via email at carrierhelpdesk@pcb.ca.


We also welcome your questions and comments in our comments section below.




11 Steps to Importing Canadian Entrepreneurs Must Know

Importing into Canada for EntrepreneursWhether you’re looking to diversify your product line or leverage cheaper-made merchandise, importing into Canada can be an importing business activity for many Canadian entrepreneurs.

As a prospective entrepreneur or new business owner in Canada, consider the following steps as you navigate through the complexities of international markets.


1. Develop a strategic business plan.

A viable business plan is not only vital to your success but also a tool in measuring your business’ progress. As you start writing your plan, you’ll want to make a number of key business decisions such as:

  • Decide if you will be importing into or exporting from Canada
  • Identify the risks associated with your import or export activity
  • Choose the right name for your business


2. Register your business for import activities.

It is a good idea to be proactive and tend to all your registration and licensing requirements with municipal, provincial and federal governments early in the process. Once you complete these steps, you will have the necessities such as a Business Number (BN), registered business name and a GST/HST account. Your Business Number is your single account number for dealing with the federal government regarding taxes, payroll, import/export and other activities.

Canada Revenue Agency’s Business Registration Online is the one-stop-shop for all of your federal business registration requirements.


3. Invest early in trade compliance education.

Starting out with a good understanding of customs regulations and requirements, the use of Incoterms® and the means of payment are key to international trade success. Enrolling in trade compliance education in the early stages of planning will help you gain a better understanding of key trade topics, teach you how to manage trade compliance and utilize free trade agreements to your benefit. The substantial knowledge you receive will aid in completing accurate documentation, understanding logistics and getting a feel for how transactions move through the regulatory process.


4. Identify the type of goods you want to import or export and research their admissibility.

Besides having an accurate description of the goods you plan to import/ export, you also need to find out if these goods are prohibited, restricted or regulated by other government departments. In addition to Canada Border Services Agency, there are over 10 other government departments (OGDs) that are involved in the importation, in-transit movement and exportation of various commodities in and out of Canada. If your goods are regulated they may require special permits, certificates, licenses, special labeling, or a specific type of packaging (i.e. child resistant) depending on the commodity.


Use this search tool by Canada Business to find out what permits and licences your business may need from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.


For imports into Canada, in addition to identifying the good you want to import you will need to:

  • Identify the country of origin, manufacturer and export of the goods.
  • Determine whether the goods are controlled, regulated or prohibited by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or any other government department.
  • Use this Step-by-Step Guide to Importing from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to find out if the goods you want to import are prohibited or restricted.
  • Canada has a range of goods over which it imposes import controls. These goods are listed in the Import Control List (ICL) of the Export and Import Permits Act.


CBSA has compiled the following list of commonly imported commodities that may require permits, certificates, and/or are subject to other requirements:

5. Determine tariff classification, rate of duties and taxes, value for duty

Once you are sure that the goods can be imported into Canada, you must determine the:

  • Tariff classification;
  • Applicable tariff treatment;
  • Rate of duty; and
  • Taxes payable when importing goods.

Every commodity that clears through Customs must have an accurate and correct Harmonized System code (HS code) applied to it. This code identifies the item to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), as well as indicates the duty rate payable.   Classifying commodities correctly is key with regards to the importer paying the correct amount of duty and avoiding Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) penalties, or worse, seizure of your goods.

This Step-by-Step Guide to Importing from the Canada Border Services Agency gives details on all of these and an example of how to calculate duties and taxes.


6. Take advantage of free trade agreements (FTAs)

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are agreements made between countries that desire to reduce trade barriers on goods manufactured in their respective countries. FTAs allow for preferential duty treatment to items that qualify from certain countries. They can impact exports by reducing or eliminating duty rates for qualifying goods.

Canada has free trade agreements with the United States, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Israel, Jordan, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. For more information on the respective Canadian Free Trade Agreements, visit the Trade Negotiations and Agreements section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.


7. Determine if you will be using the services of a customs broker.

A customs brokers can help you:

  • Obtain documentation that has been prepared for the shipment/contract
  • Review the prepared documentation for completeness and compliance with customs regulations
  • Prepare and submit a declaration to Customs on your behalf at the port of arrival


Aside from submitting a declaration on your behalf, customs brokers can also help your company reduce costs, improve efficiency, and mitigate risks related to cross-border trade. Most companies who import goods into Canada find that it is far too expensive and time consuming to travel to the facility or port of arrival where their goods are held awaiting clearance, prepare a formal declaration for Canada Border Services Agency, pay the charges due and then anticipate delivery of their product. It can be worth the investment up-front, to at least consult with a customs broker in the planning stages, so that you can have a clear understanding of your risks and proper tariff classifications.


8. Plan the transportation (shipping) of your goods overseas.

At this stage you will need to determine how involved you want to be in the process of getting the goods from source to destination and if you will be using the services of a freight forwarder. A professional freight forwarder is a critical link in the supply chain, and can assist your company in determining all costs included in a sales contract.

Next, you will need to identify the mode of transportation that will be used (highway, marine, rail, air, postal or courier service). This will lead you into selecting the method of shipping and communicating with the transportation company on cross-border requirements.


9. Identify your terms of sale.

With the expansion of global trade it has never been easier to find sources for goods worldwide and then sell directly to your clients. That being said, before you embark on this journey, you will need to know the rules of international commerce otherwise known as Incoterms® . It is important to identify your terms of sale as they clarify your shipping responsibilities and iron out your landed costs.

To learn more about Incoterms®, visit the Incoterms® Rules for a short description of the 11 rules from the Incoterms® 2010 edition.


10. Evaluate the right payment program for your business.

There are several options for obtaining release of your goods. You may prepare the release and accounting documents yourself or you may hire a licensed customs broker to do so on your behalf. It is important to note that these companies or individuals are not government employees and importers must pay a fee for their services.


There are basically three different payment methods available:


  1. Direct security – this is where you would have your own bond and security posted with Customs, but this may not be a viable option if you are a new company. When this is in place, you would pay Customs on the last business day of the month for amounts owing on your statement.  If payment is late, penalties would apply and possible suspension of deferred payment privileges.


  1. Goods and services tax (GST) direct – Once you are a GST Registrant, you can opt to pay Customs on the last day of the month, but without posting a bond and obtaining your own security.  This does not cover duty, only GST.  The same conditions apply as above for late payment.


  1. Use of a customs broker’s bond – Customs brokers already have bonds in place with Canada Customs, but would charge a fee for use of their bond.   You may need to post a deposit or meet other criteria for this to happen.  If you think this is the right option for you, speak to a customs broker to find out their requirements.


For more details on this topic visit the following links on the CBSA website:


11. Align your trade compliance practices with your business objectives.


The key to managing the customs compliance of your business is to be informed. Whether you have a custom broker that handles your compliance or you take care of them yourself, it is good practice to be aware of how customs regulations apply specifically to your business. While an experienced custom broker can review your business activity for best practices, assuming that they will is often an oversight by importers. It is important to designate a person within your organization to monitor Customs activity and deal with your customs broker when needed.


It is in an importer’s best interest to regularly review their Customs process, stay up to date with changing regulations and prepare to withstand a Customs audit. Make sure your internal procedures, documents, tariff classification, free trade agreements, valuation and origins are in compliance with Customs requirements. Additionally, understanding the links between your internal operations, accounting and Customs procedures can help address any shortcomings. Part of a winning formula is to ensure that your business plan includes a strategy for monitoring compliance over time.


As you prepare to import your product to Canada, we hope this information will help you plan for a successful start to your entrepreneurship journey.

Get Sound Advice and Current Training:

Pacific Customs Brokers provides advice and trade compliance seminars and webinars to entrepreneurs interested in importing. To schedule a one-to-one trade advisory consultation with our Trade Advisor contact us at consulting@pcb.ca. For a complete list of upcoming sessions visit the Trade Compliance Education and Development section of our website.


CFIA Updates Aquatic Animal Import Requirements

SeafoodOn September 22, 2015, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced through an update to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) that additional information is required to import certain aquatic animals from the United States. In addition to the commodity details required under the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP) which came in to enforcement on April 8, 2013, further additional data elements are now required to obtain Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) release.

Data elements required (as of March 13, 2013):

  • Taxonomic (scientific) name or the Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN)
  • Accurate description of the product being imported – including eviscerated or other for finfish, fresh, chilled or frozen; excluding fillets
  • Full name of the exporter and importer
  • Quantity – including number of containers and weight
  • Country of Origin

New data elements required (as of September 22, 2015):

  • Cultured or wild species
  • Freshwater or marine origin species


Various aquatic species and origins defined:

  • Cultured aquatic animals – These are grown or made under controlled conditions and would be the products of fish farms.
  • Wild aquatic animals – These are wild caught fish, not grown in a fish farm.
  • Marine aquatic animals – These are from saline bodies of water such as seas and oceans.
  • Fresh water aquatic animals – These come from water with little to no salinity. For example, naturally occurring rivers and lakes; inland fresh water fish farms.

Species currently affected by this update:

  • Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • Coho Salmon (Onocorhynchus kisutch)
  • Cobia (Rachyecntron canadum)
  • White perch ((Moronoe Americana)
  • Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)

Note: Although these are currently the only species requiring these additional data elements, it is highly recommended to include all details for all fish being imported as the CFIA can update their information requirements without notice which can result in border clearance delays.

Who is affected by this update?

While this regulation applies to Canadian seafood importers of certain fin fish from the U.S. at this time, we foresee this expanding to other aquatic animal imports in the coming time.

Impact of non-compliance on your shipments:

Shipments missing data elements required by CFIA will result in the hold up your goods and entries not getting processed in time.

What seafood importers can do:

Ensure all customs release documents include the data elements listed above to clear through both CFIA and CBSA without delay. Contacting us in advance of your shipment being cleared to provide us with the required information will keep delays at bay and allow for a smoother customs clearance process.

Getting your time-sensitive shipments to market on time:

As one of Canada’s largest customs brokers for fish and seafood, Pacific Customs Brokers strives to clear your perishable products through customs without delay. When necessary, we will do our best to reach out and obtain the incomplete data required to avoid any hindrance to your imports.  However, this does not guarantee that your shipment will not be delayed pending receipt of any missing information. To learn more on how this updated requirement impacts your business, please contact our Trade Compliance Team.


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7 Excellent Reasons to Invest in Trade Compliance Education

7 Excellent Reasons to Invest in Trade Compliance EducationToday’s business climate is fast paced. Time is limited and precious, and there is always a long list of tasks to accomplish. So why would you take valuable time out of your busy schedule to attend a trade compliance seminar or webinar?

Like any good business person worth their salt, let’s examine the Return on Investment (ROI). Obviously the seminar or webinar topic has to have some relevance to your business. Here are some questions a potential attendee may ponder on as they contemplate the decision to attend or not:

  • Is there a way my company can save money?
  • Will it improve a process?
  • Will it provide potential insight to solve a problem?
  • Will it provide valuable knowledge to move a project along?
  • Is the topic one that cannot easily be ignored? (e.g. compliance issues)


What is Trade Compliance?

Trade compliance refers to importers and exporters meeting all of the requirements governing the movement of commercial goods across the border. To be trade compliant is to ensure that the tariff classification, origin and valuation of goods are all accurately declared in accordance with legislative requirements and that the appropriate duties and taxes are paid. There is a clear obligation under the Customs Act to provide true, accurate and complete trade information, including a proper description of the goods, and to correct wrong information regardless of dutiable status. Furthermore, an essential part of trade compliance is to ensure that all import requirements are met, such as having the appropriate import permit. If not all import requirements are met, this violates the control measures that are in place to protect the economy, the environment and the health of citizens.

The Importance of Trade Compliance:

In recent years, the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have shifted much of their emphasis from import inspections to post audit verifications. The responsibilities put upon Importers of Record have steadily increased as all members of the supply chain endure higher scrutiny from Customs officials. Now more than ever it is imperative that the Importer of Record maintain a high level of sophistication, demonstrate due diligence, ensure they understand their responsibilities, implement internal sets of controls and procedures for best practices as well as understand the consequences of non-compliance.

International trade no longer stands on the sidelines of corporate awareness. It is being transformed from an operational function into an evolving eco-system that helps mitigate organizational risks and strategically drives value. In order to do business efficiently, smart businesses need to strike a balance between ensuring timely movement of cross-border goods and complying with complex regulatory systems designed to ensure safe, verifi­able cross-border transactions. Effective global customs planning can help improve a company’s bottom line.

Benefits of Attending a Trade Compliance Seminar or Webinar:

1. Gain Insight on Key Trade Topics

A well designed seminar or webinar will help you gain a better understanding of key trade topics, teach you how to manage trade compliance and utilize free trade agreements to your benefit. The substantial knowledge you receive will aid in completing accurate documentation, understanding logistics and getting a feel for how transactions move through the regulatory process.

2. Stay Current on Customs Regulations

In our industry, where we deal with Customs and other government agencies, regulations are ever-changing. A trade compliance seminar or webinar can be a convenient way for trade professionals to stay ahead of new regulations with international trade.

3. Avoid Possible Penalties and Risks By Being Informed

Customs agencies and other government departments emphasize the importance of compliance. This is monitored through increased enforcement and could result in monetary penalties to the importer. One of the most important reasons to attend a seminar or webinar is the knowledge and guidance you will receive from the presenters with regards to the steps your organization will need to take to become more compliant with government agencies.

4. Cost-effective Training and Knowledge Refreshment Tool for Logistics Professionals

Seminars and webinars make for excellent training for someone in a new role, a new employee, or training for yourself. Quite often we have repeat attendees who regularly register on an annual or bi-annual basis. Part of our Trade Compliance Education Program covers general overviews of importing or exporting, but we also offer training on specific subjects (e.g. North American Free Trade Agreement, H.S. Tariff & Classification), thus providing an excellent opportunity for companies to utilize this as a cost-effective training tool.

5. Access to Trade Compliance Experts

A well designed seminar and webinar should include adequate time for audience participation or a valid opportunity at the conclusion to get answers to your questions. A live seminar gives you the chance to personally speak to the presenter(s) or other subject matter experts, while a live webinar usually offers this in a Q&A session. We all agree that sometimes the best experiences occur when there are excellent inquiries that promote further ideas and discussion, particularly when you thought you were the only one with that challenge.

6. Reasonable Time Commitment

The ability to obtain some specific knowledge in a short period of time is an added benefit. Night school courses are requisite for more in-depth subject learning but often you need something that is less intensive but still provides substantial knowledge.  Half or full day seminars or an hour long webinar is an excellent way to get a quick update.

7. Networking – Make Valuable Professional Connections

A live seminar and webinar allows you to network and learn alongside other like-minded professionals, coming away with increased knowledge and understanding. Perhaps you will encounter a person who had a similar business problem to yours, or someone who can share their own experience on a certain issue and provide you with valuable insight.

Here is a quote from an attendee at one of our recent Trade Compliance Seminars  “… it’s always interesting to have an informal conversation with compliance people from other industries.” Which brings up another great point – where else would you have a chance to rub shoulders with people of similar business interests?

Hopefully this has inspired you to take the next steps in your trade compliance education. Check out our Fall 2015 Trade Compliance Education Schedule online or download and print your copy of the 2015 Spring Trade Compliance Education Schedule below:

We hope you’ll join us and encourage you to share this with colleagues and business partners who might find it useful.

Do you have questions about our trade compliance education program? Use the comments section below to leave us your thoughts or email Ask Your Broker.


eManifest: Proof of Report and Proof of Release – Know the Difference

Wooden StampPrior to ACI eManifest, a CBSA stamp on a carrier’s PARS document acted as both Proof of Report and Proof of Release. With the implementation of ACI eManifest, this is no longer the case.


All goods imported or moving in transit through Canada must be reported to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the First Port of Arrival (FPOA) in Canada. Submission of electronic ACI eManifest data within the prescribed pre-arrival timeframes, when combined with the arrival of conveyance (truck) in Canada satisfies the requirement for “Report of Goods” as per Section 12.(1) of the Customs Act.

When the truck arrives at the FPOA, the Border Services Officer will “arrive” the conveyance (truck) in the CBSA system. The CBSA acknowledges the arrival of the conveyance (truck) by sending an electronic  notification to the operator of the truck as identified by the CBSA Carrier Code on the Conveyance report or lead sheet submitted by the driver to the Border Services Officer at the FPOA.This electronic message indicates the carrier has met their obligation to report under Section 12(1) of the Customs Act for all shipments (Cargo Control Numbers) detailed on the cargo submissions that are linked to that truck. The Border Services Officer (BSO) will also stamp the conveyance report, commonly referred to as an ACI lead sheet, providing the carrier with physical proof that they have met this obligation.


Release of goods reported at the FPOA must have a release document submitted by the importer or customs broker to the CBSA at the port which is linked to the CCN reported on the conveyance report. CBSA will transmit notification of release via the Release Notification System (RNS) to participants, indicating whether each shipment has been released. The RNS message is associated to the CCN on the truck. This RNS message is Proof of Release of the goods. CBSA will continue to stamp each individual Cargo Control Document which also represents Proof of Release. This must be at the request of the driver and depending on the number of cargo documents, this may not be done at the primary inspection booth. The driver may be referred inside for this action to occur.



CBSA will only accept the following as proof:

Proof of Report

  • Stamped ACI Lead sheet; or
  • Section 12(1) report from Portal or Third Party service Provider or EDI.


Proof of Release

  • CBSA stamp on each individual cargo control document; or
  • RNS messaging through a 3rd party Service Provider or EDI


We strongly encourage highway carriers that are not participants in the Release Notification System (RNS) to advise their drivers to insist on having each and every PARS stamped at the Canadian border.


Our Border Pro for Carriers eManifest filing services can assist you in submitting all relevant information to Canada Customs within the required time period to ensure your trucks cross the border as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about ACI eManifest, please do not hesitate to contact our Carrier Relations Liaison at 855.542.6644 or via email at carrierhelpdesk@pcb.ca.

Want to learn more about ACI eManifest?

Our ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars are 90-minute sessions where we answer questions, offer practical solutions and help with the ACI eManifest regulations in effect. These sessions are presented by Jan Brock, recently retired Chief of Operations with Canada Border Services Agency for the Pacific Highway and Abbotsford Huntingdon Commercial Operations. Jan is now a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada).

For details and to register »

Is your business ready for the implementation of ACI eManifest? We welcome your questions and comments in our comments section below.


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