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Update C-TPAT Benefits Increase

Update C-TPAT Benefits Increase

Since shortly after September 11, 2001, amazingly over sixteen years ago, we have all heard the buzz about the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

To date, over 11,400 carriers, importers, customs brokers and other supply chain partners have become voluntary participants in this initiative to combat terrorism in the ever-expanding evolution of international trade. You may wonder “Only 11,400 members?” However, consider that approximately 52% of cargo (by value) entering the United States is C-TPAT approved.

Since our last update on this initiative wherein we stated that as this program evolves, more benefits would be seen by members, it is great to see more benefits come emerge. C-TPAT has become a much more dynamic program.

As the sophistication of security has increased, according the US Customs Website, the benefits of membership have also. 

Benefits of C-TPAT participation include:

  • Reduced number of CBP examinations
  • Front of the line inspections
  • Possible exemption from Stratified Exams
  • Shorter wait times at the border
  • Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company
  • Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes at the land borders
  • Access to the C-TPAT web-based Portal system and a library of training materials
  • Possibility of enjoying additional benefits by being recognized as a trusted trade Partner by foreign Customs administrations that have signed Mutual Recognition with the United States
  • Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s Secure Supply Chain program
  • Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack
  • Importer eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA)
  • Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise

Are you interested in learning what this initiative is all about, but have been deterred from moving forward based on how difficult it is to obtain certification, the tremendous resources it will take, and how the costs appear to outweigh the benefits? There may still be some truth to this these perceived obstacles, but most anything worth obtaining comes with a price and required effort.

So we ask ourselves, is C-TPAT certification worth pursuing? As C-TPAT continues to evolve it becomes richer and more rewarding for members. The challenges that come along with developing your procedures and policies will be quite unique to your company, as will the benefits of participation.

Benefits translate into valuable practical considerations including:

  • Cost savings – A full Customs exam can cost upwards of $500-$1000 per container. This excludes the loss of time for both carriers and consignees and could be paramount to a shipment of perishable goods.
  • Less inspections – The more parties involved in a transaction who are C-TPAT members the lower the likelihood of a cargo inspection.
  • Penalty mitigation – C-TPAT membership is considered a mitigating factor in the case of potential penalty matters.
  • Increased compliance – Ongoing familiarity with the program decreases the necessary time spent and resources involved in assuring compliance.

As the program continues to evolve, we will continue to see that the benefits outweigh the costs or perceived obstacles and disadvantages of becoming a trusted trader. While there are no commitments from Customs, the trade community has requested that Customs consider a number of new benefits for the “next generation” of C-TPAT.

Next generation benefits of C-TPAT could include:

  • Basing cargo release on 10+2 data and permitting monthly entry of cargo aligned with the periodic monthly statements
  • Expedited responses to ruling requests
  • Enhanced penalty mitigation
  • Prior disclosure benefits
  • Further lowering of the number of inspections
  • Tax incentives for supply chain security and safety enhancements
  • Mutual recognition with other countries’ approved security programs

What is involved in becoming C-TPAT certified?

  • Complete and submit the Agreement to Voluntarily Participate in C-TPAT
  • Complete and submit the Supply Chain Security Profile Questionnaire – be aware that it is possible that Customs will request or require changes and upgrades to your current processes
  • Assure that your stated procedures are followed through on, and updated as necessary

Some of the absolute must-haves or must-dos for becoming C-TPAT certified, and effective participant in the program include:

  • Having the full commitment and support from high-level company management
  • Integrating C-TPAT participation into your overall supply chain security program
  • Assigning dedicated staff to manage the certification on a continuing basis

Attend an upcoming C-TPAT Seminar:

To benefit from overall cost savings, expedited border crossings and fewer cargo inspections, it may be of interest to attend our in-class seminar on becoming a Trusted Trader. Owners, Managers and Signing Officers of companies seeking eligibility information and how to get started on the application process are recommended to take part in this two-hour course.

Feedback from a recent attendee:

“I have a better understanding on what it takes to become C-TPAT or PIP certified.” – Zori Kitanova, Global Logistics Supervisor, Whitewater West Industries

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Immediate – Declaration Accepted Notices – Timing Changes!

Immediate Update for those who submit EDI Transactions! 02-28-2017

Immediate Update

Declaration Accepted Notices  – Timing Changes!

Currently, as your customs broker we are able to see an accepted message when our entry has been reviewed and accepted by CBSA, regardless of the ACI emanifest status.

Effective March 4-5 2017,  the Declaration Accepted Notice may not be sent out until both the Release Request and the ACI eManifest is on file.

Please see the following message from Canada Border Services Agency:

With the next release of eManifest functionality expected to be available March 4-5, 2017, the timing of the Release Notification System (RNS) class of Notices (RNS, ANS, SNS, QNS) will change. These timing changes have been made to align the Legacy Notices with the eManifest Notices .

Two notable changes are:

  1.     Previously, an RNS Declaration Accepted (“Dec Accept”) Notice was sent to clients when a Release Request had been accepted and a decision had been made. This decision would be made on the Release Request and independently of other associated documents.
  1. The new eManifest design model and the supporting legislation now requires that Advance Commercial Information(ACI) cargo be submitted prior to arrival under most circumstances.
  2. Under the new eManifest design model, decisions may not be made on Release Requests until related ACI cargo is accepted in CBSA systems.

This means that the Dec Accept Notice may not be sent out until both the Release Request and the ACI cargo are on file.

Due to this change, the Dec Accept Notice may no longer be sent out when only Release Requests are on file (such as with re-manifests).

  1.     Previously, for shipments that had been referred for examination (REFER SEC) prior to arrival,  the Warehouse Operators that subscribed to RNS notices would be notified of the Request For Examination through an RNS Refer To Secondary Notice, while other trade chain partners involved in the shipment would have received an RNS Declaration Accepted notice informing them that a decision has been made on the release request. Under the new D5A design model for RNS Notices in eManifest, the Warehouse Operators will no longer receive the Refer to Secondary until the cargo has been arrived at its destination.

Due to this change, Warehouse Operators that have subscribed to the transporting Carrier’s RNS profile will now receive the RNS Dec Accept when a decision has been made on the release request and the cargo is on file prior to arrival.

Pacific Customs Brokers can process all of your import transaction needs:

In addition to the e-Manifest Filing Service, we can process the U.S. Customs entry documents by setting up the clearance of your goods into the commerce of the United States while simultaneously filing your e-Manifest.

Allowing Pacific Customs Brokers to be your sole service provider ensures that all CBP regulations are compliant and accurate thus lowering the risk of delays at the border.

Service Options

Full e-Manifest ProcessingPacific Customs Brokers will file the e-Manifest on your behalf.e-Manifest Self-FilingOnce set up, a login and password will be provided in order for you to file your e-Manifest.

Pacific Customs Brokers will include 24/7 operational support with either of the service options listed above.

For further information on e-Manifest, please contact our Client Services Team via email [email protected] or call toll-free at 877.332.8534.

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Notice of eManifest AMPS Penalty Assessments Now Issued at the Border

eManifest, AMPS penalty Notice of Assessments Now Issued at the Border

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The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced to the Importing community that effective January 11, 2017 Border Services officers at the First Port of Arrival (FPOA) will be issuing 3 of the 6 eManifest Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPS) for non-compliance directly from the border. Prior to this, all AMPs for eManifest non-compliance  were sent by Border Services officers to the CBSA Headquarters (CBSA Program Compliance and Outreach Division) for review prior to being issued to the client.


The Three eManifest, AMPS penalty items that will be transitioned to the FPOA are:



Penalty: Person failed to submit the prescribed pre-load/pre-arrival information relating to their cargo and/or conveyance.

* 1st penalty – $2000.00

                      * 2nd penalty – $4000.00

                      * 3rd penalty – $8000.00


Example of C378 non-compliance: When a carrier failed to transmit an electronic conveyance report prior to the conveyance arriving in Canada or when a freight forwarder failed to transmit an electronic house bill prior to the cargo arriving in Canada.


Penalized Party: The penalty is applied to the party responsible for providing the required data. This penalty applies when the data was not provided PRIOR to arrival in Canada.


One C378 will be issued per instance. The same penalty level will be assessed for all infractions discovered during the same examination.


Penalty: Person failed to submit advance information in the prescribed time or prescribed manner to CBSA.

                       * 1st penalty – $250.00

                       * 2nd penalty – $375.00

                       * 3rd penalty – $750.00


Example of C379 non-compliance: When a carrier fails to submit an electronic conveyance report within the prescribed timeframes or when the carrier fails to submit electronic pre-arrival cargo information, however they faxed shipment documentation to the appropriate customs office within the appropriate timeframes.


Penalized Party: The penalty is applied to the party responsible for providing the required data. The prescribed information must be transmitted in the prescribed timeframe and in the prescribed manner. These two separate obligations must be respected; a contravention against any one of the two obligations will result in the assessment of this penalty. In instances of non-compliance with timeliness and manner requirements two separate C379 penalties will be applied.


In situations where no information was provided prior to arrival C378 will be applied. It should also be noted that with this contravention a 30 day escalation of penalty levels from the first to the second level will apply. Should a second penalty with the same contravention be issued against the same client, the system will not escalate the penalty level to level two unless 30 days have transpired from when the first Notice of Penalty Assessment ( NPA) was issued or the infraction occurred. The non-escalation rule applies only from the first level to the second level.


Penalty: Person submitted information prescribed by the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations that was not true, accurate and complete.

                              *1st penalty – $500.00

                              *2nd penalty – $750.00

                              *3rd penalty – $1500.00


Penalized Party: This penalty is applied to the party responsible for providing the required data.


Example of C382 Non-compliance: This penalty applies when the pre-arrival or pre-load information is not true, accurate and complete as indicated by the primary source documents (bill of lading, contract of carriage) at the time of submission.


One C382 penalty will be issued per submission regardless of the number of data elements which were not true or accurate, or complete.


The 30 day escalation delay as noted in C379 applies to this penalty too.


AMPs penalties are issued against the person (company), rather than the goods. A penalty assessed under the AMPs becomes payable on the day the NPA (Notice of Penalty Assessment) is served to the person. An NPA may be either served to the person by hand or sent by registered mail.  If a driver or transporter is issued the NPA then he/she should ensure their company representative is provided a copy of the NPA for payment or Review.

Payment may be made in person or by mail at the issuing office listed on the last page of the NPA or any CBSA office. A copy of the NPA must accompany the payment. Interest is payable on penalties at the prescribed rate, beginning  the date following the date of the NPA. However, if the penalty is paid within 30 days after the date of the NPA, no interest will apply.


If you do not agree with the penalty you can ask for a Review of the Penalty Assessment within 90 days of the issuance. The request for review can be made at the port of issuance.


CBSA has announced that HQ will be monitoring the issuance of these three penalties at the Port level to ensure national consistency. HQ will also continue to work with companies to assist with compliance.

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Attention Freight Forwarders: eManifest penalties in effect

Penalties now apply to non-compliance of eManifest for Freight Forwarders

July is fast approaching for eManifest Compliance requirements. By now we are all aware that on May 6,2015 the Federal Government made regulatory amendments to the Canada Customs Act supporting the eManifest initiative and as such, published these amendments in the Canada Gazette Part II making them legally binding.

Effective November 7,2016 all consolidated shipments  arriving in Canada, on or after November 7,2016, were subject to electronic house bill requirements even if the movement began prior to the timeframe.

CBSA provided a period of transition to freight forwarders from November 7,2016 to January 10,2017 during which penalties for non-compliance were not issued and the CBSA worked closely with freight forwarders on corrective measures.

Now, effective January 10, 2017 and until July 11,2017:

Freight Forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued a zero-rated penalty ( non-monetary) under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)

Starting July 12,2017, Freight Forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties, penalties with monetary values attached to them.

A reminder that Freight Forwarders must have a CBSA issued 8000 series carrier code ( A four character code beginning with an 8) to transact business with the CBSA, including the advance electronic transmission of the housebill/supplementary data. Contact the CBSA Commercial Carrier Section if you do not already have a carrier code. See the CBSA website for contact information.

Freight Forwarders can transmit advance house bill data using eith the EDI method or the CBSA eManifest portal. Freight Forwarders can engage a Third Party Service Provider to transmit pre-arrival house bill, house bill close message and supplementary data on their behalf. Pacific Customs Brokers provide this Third Party Service.
July will be here sooner than you think . Now is the time to ensure that your business practises are in order so that you are not issued a noncompliance AMPS penalty come July 12,2017.

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Why Carriers Care… about Cargo Control Numbers Matching Across All Submissions to CBSA

Why Carriers Care… about Cargo Control Numbers Matching Across All Submissions to CBSA













Highway Carriers will experience delays at the border or risk not reporting cargo they are carrying if the Cargo Control barcodes presented do NOT match the Cargo Control Numbers (CCN) transmitted via ACI eManifest to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Inaccurate CCN transmission by carriers could result in sanctions for non-compliance by the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).

It is very important that carriers presenting barcoded PARS numbers on arrival at the port ensure that the CCN transmitted to CBSA is identical to the PARS number. The PARS number must include the acronym “PARS” if this was used. It is not a requirement to embed the letter “PARS” into a PARS number, but if a carrier does embed letters into the PARS number that the driver provides at the border, then the carrier must use the identical number in their eManifest electronic cargo transmission.


Tips to ensure compliance:

  1. Carriers should provide the driver with the barcoded PARS number specific to each shipment so the carrier knows which PARS is being used and will also use the same number when transmitting their eManifest cargo data prior to arrival.
  2. The driver should contact the carrier as soon as the PARS number is used for a shipment therefore providing the carrier certainty of which number must be electronically transmitted to the CBSA.
  3. Carriers transmitting cargo numbers MUST pay close attention to the letter “l” and “O” and the numbers “1” and “0” in their CCN and PARS numbers. The transmission MUST match the release documents presented by the customs broker and/or importer. If they don’t match the release document will NOT align with the cargo transmission and the cargo will have been marked “Reported” but not “Released” at the First Port of Arrival (FPOA).


Drivers and carriers are invited to call our Carrier Help Desk with any eManifest or border crossing questions they may have or review the many posts we’ve written on the subject within this Blog. We can be reached by phone at 855.542.6644 or by emails at [email protected]. We are here to help!