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ACI eManifest Reporting for Hand-carried Goods

Hand-carried Goods

 

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, Hand-Carried Goods (HCG) are commercial shipments transported into Canada by an individual who does not meet the criteria of a “carrier”. A “carrier” is the owner or person in charge of a conveyance that is engaged in international commercial transportation of specified goods. “Specified goods” are goods that are or will be imported into Canada for a fee.

 

ACI eManifest reporting of hand-carried goods

CBSA has exempted hand-carried goods from eManifest advance cargo and conveyance data requirements. Read more about Hand Carried Goods here.

 

Hand-carried goods exempt from ACI eManifest requirements

Examples of qualifying hand-carried goods that are exempt ACI eManifest requirements are:

  • Commercial goods carried by paying passengers on board traveller’s commercial conveyances (bus, taxi, plane, ferry, etc)
  • Commercial goods being transported by and accounted for at the First Point of Arrival (FPOA) by the owner of a business, or an employee, driving a “not for hire” conveyance
  • Commercial shipments being imported into Canada by an individual who does not meet the criteria of “carrier” and who is not required under the regulations to have, use and maintain a valid CBSA issued Carrier Code.

 

Hand-carried Goods Release Process

Hand-carried goods must be accounted for at the First Point of Arrival (FPOA) either by a submitting a paper Form B3-3, Canada Customs Coding Form (document used to account for imported goods, regardless of value, destined for commercial use in Canada) or by engaging a customs broker to use the Hand-Carried Goods (HCG) Release Process.

 

How Pacific Customs Brokers Can Help

Pacific Customs Brokers is happy to set up customs clearances for your hand-carried goods. If you have any questions about this or any other cross-border transportation matters, contact our Carrier Help Desk at  855.542.6644 or carrierhelpdesk@pcb.ca.

 

Have questions about crossing the border with hand carried goods? What has your experience been? Share them in our comments section below.

Infographic: ACI eManifest AMPS Penalties in Effect

 

January 11, 2016 marked the start of ACI eManifest monetary penalties phase. In an earlier blog post on  Hefty AMPS Penalties for ACI eManifest Non-Compliance we elaborated on the CBSA penalty system for non-compliance known as the Administrative Monetary Penalty System or AMPS. The infographic below features the fines that may be applied against a highway carrier or self-carrying importer who is non-compliant with ACI eManifest.
Note: These penalties are issued per shipment or per submission of data.

 

PCB-Borderpro-ACI-eManifest-AMPS-Penalties-InforgraphSource: Canada Border Services Agency

Click image above to enlarge for a full view of the infographic.

Download a printable version of this infographic here.

 

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.

 

Reporting and Summary Accounting of Vehicle Repairs by Highway Carriers

Reporting and Summary Accounting of Vehicle Repairs by Highway Carriers

Pacific Customs Brokers frequently receives inquiries from carriers on how to report repairs done to their trucks or trailers while out of the country. On October 22, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued a revised version of memorandum D8-4-2 which deals specifically with this matter. It is important to note that the revisions were merely edits and did not affect existing policies and procedures. That said, this may be a good time to review this D memo and determine how you as a highway carrier are required to report repairs done to your equipment while outside of Canada. It makes reference to both free trade and non free trade partner countries but for the purpose of this article, let’s just assume that you are not driving anywhere but the USA or Mexico.

A link to memorandum D8-4-2 is at the bottom of this text but here are the highlights.

  • The Customs Act requires that all repairs to vehicles done outside of Canada must be reported by the driver to the nearest CBSA office upon return to Canada.
  • Highway carries can be granted authorization to report these repairs on a quarterly basis.
  • The Customs Act grants relief from duties and taxes, including GST, for emergency repairs.
  • When a vehicle is repaired in a free-trade partner country the value of the repairs is not subject to customs duties but unless the repairs are done under warranty, the value of repairs is subject to GST.
  • If during an examination of the truck evidence of non-reported repairs is found, duties and taxes are to be collected immediately and penalties may be issued for non-compliance.

 

The above is just a brief summary of the policies and procedures governing reporting of vehicle repairs. We encourage you to review Memorandum D8-4-2 if you have any further questions.

If you would like to apply to account for repairs on a quarterly basis you can do so at the nearest CBSA office. If you have other questions on how to report repairs done to your truck or trailer while outside of Canada, we invite you to leave them in our comments section below or email us at askyourbroker@pcb.ca.

 

Did you know?

Border Pro for Carriers our highway carrier program is designed to help highway carriers, truckers, drivers, dispatchers and self-carrying importers clear customs. Some of our services include barcode label printing, carrier bond applications, in-transit and single trip bonds, carrier code assistance, unassigned shipment referrals and an iPhone app for carriers.

 

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30 Day Countdown to ACI eManifest

ACI eManifest Monetary AMPS Penalties

With the January 11 deadline for mandatory ACI eManifest compliance just about 30 days away, here are a few things to consider.

  • According to the Canada Border Services Agency, of the roughly 16,000 carriers with valid carrier codes, over 10,000 are registered for ACI and have begun filing eManifests. These compliant carriers account for 97% of highway volumes.
  • Effective January 11th, 2016, carriers that arrive at the FPOA (First Port of Arrival) without having properly filed an ACI eManifest will “experience delays in processing”. While it is unclear if these trucks will be forced to return to the U.S., one thing is fairly certain, part of the delay will be the time it takes to write up an AMPS penalty.
  • AMPS (Administrative Monetary Penalty System) will go into effect for non-compliant carriers on January 11th, 2016. These penalties increase with each occurrence and range from $200 to $8,000.

Learn more: Hefty AMPS Penalties for ACI eManifest Non-Compliance

  • If you are registered as an ACI participant but have not yet begun to file, you should begin immediately and take advantage of the zero-rated penalties while you work the bugs out and fine tune your systems.
  • If you have not yet registered, or have no idea what ACI is all about, don’t despair. While time is very short you can still get signed up and be ready to go by January 11th. But you have to act now!

 

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.

 

Learn More About ACI eManifest:

Many highway carriers and importers have found our ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars to be very informative and helpful. In these 90-minute sessions we answer questions, offer practical solutions and help with the ACI eManifest regulations in effect.

For details and to register »

 

 

5 Frequently Asked Questions About ACI eManifest – Part 3

FAQ about eManifest

As highway carriers struggle with the challenges presented to their business by ACI emanifest regulations and strive to get compliant, we frequently receive enquiries that need clarification. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature five frequently asked questions about ACI eManifest. Jan Brock, recently retired Chief of Commercial Operations with Canada Border Services Agency for the Pacific Highway and Abbotsford Huntingdon districts and now a Senior Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada) will answer your questions about ACI emanifests and compliance.

So what are highway carriers’ biggest questions this week?

1. Will ACI eManifest slow down processing times with the customs broker?

ACI eManifest will not directly impact customs brokers as their process for entry submission will remain the same. That said, customs brokers will see an increase in volume as CBSA will no longer be accepting multiple shipments on one entry.

 

2. Do I need to file an eManifest for an empty truck or trailer?

Yes, with the exception of Customs Self Assessment (CSA) carriers, you must file an eManifest “Conveyance Report” when driving an empty truck or pulling an empty trailer. Bobtail tractors (commercial motor vehicle not attached to a trailer) are exempt.

 

3. What happens if I arrive at the border without first filing an eManifest?

From July 10, 2015 to January 10, 2016 carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).

Beginning January 10, 2016 carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements will be issued monetary AMPS penalties. Your goods will not be allowed to proceed past the FPOA without an eManifest submission.

 

4. What are my after-hours eManifest submission options for trucks that get loaded outside of office hours?

When it comes to ACI eManifest submissions, there are no after hours. ACI eManifest can be transmitted 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. If you normally self-file ACI eManifest and are unable to do so outside of regular business hours, you may utilize a third-party service provider such as Border Pro for Carriers who is ALWAYS OPEN.

 

5. How do I file eManifest correctly? 

Attend one of our upcoming ACI eManifest Seminars and Webinars this fall to learn how to correctly file eManifest. In these 90-minute sessions we will 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 »

 

We hope this post helps answer some of your questions. If you have other questions about ACI eManifest, we invite you to leave them in our comments section below or email us at askyourbroker@pcb.ca.

 

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