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eManifest becomes mandatory for carriers

     eManifest becomes mandatory for carriers

The period of informed compliance for carriers to file eManifest for vehicles entering Canada (whether full or empty) is almost up.  Effective January 11, 2016, penalties will be issued where the appropriate eManifest has not been filed, prior to arrival, for shipments entering via truck.

eManifest implementation timelines:

  • 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 11, 2016, carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties and will experience processing delays.

Penalties for non-report begin at $2,000 and escalate for subsequent non-reports.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.

Quick Tip #61
Understand why AMPS is so important

The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) was introduced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) effective October 7, 2002. The master penalty document outlines 181 contraventions and the responsibility for these contraventions has been downloaded to the Canadian importers and exporters.

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