Beginning November 1, 2012, the third phase of the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program, eManifest, comes into effect. eManifest applies to highway shipments and conveyances and is an electronic reporting program that requires the submission of advance trade data to the CBSA for risk-assessment prior to shipments arriving at the border.
The ACI program is intended to identify threats to the health, safety and security of Canadians by obtaining information prior to the arrival of cargo and conveyances in Canada, and prior to the shipment clearance process. CBSA officers perform a pre-arrival risk-assessment based on advance electronic shipment and conveyance information.
The ACI program has been implemented in three phases; the first two pertaining to air and marine carriers and the third pertaining to highway shipments and conveyances. Subsequent phases will include Low Value Shipments (LVS), exports, postal shipments, and importer data. The phase-in dates are displayed below:
- Phase 1 - marine mode – implemented April 2004
- Phase 2 - air mode – implemented June 2006
- Phase 3 – highway mode – implementation November 2012
FedEx Express is currently electronically reporting under the eManifest highway regulations. As always, to help avoid delays or refusal by the CBSA, we strongly encourage shippers to provide complete and accurate commodity descriptions and values for all shipments.
For detailed information, please refer to the CBSA website.
eManifest requirements for commercial clients