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End of Zero-Rated Penalty Period for eManifest Electronic House Bills


The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advised that, effective January 31, 2022, monetary penalties for non-compliance with electronic house bill requirements may be issued under the eManifest program, which replaced ACI filing as of January 4, 2021.

eManifest requires all carriers, freight forwarders and importers to send advance commercial information about their shipments electronically to the CBSA.  eManifest is part of the overall measures the Government of Canada is putting in place to enhance the safety, security and prosperity of Canadians and international trade while streamlining commercial cross-border processes.

As a reminder, this data needs to be submitted to the CBSA at least 24 hours before cargo loads onto an ocean vessel at origin and, in the case of air cargo, at least 4 hours before arrival into Canada.  In terms of rail cargo, data must be submitted 2 hours prior to arrival and, in the case of inbound highway shipments, 1 hour prior to arrival.

This notice provides new information regarding the end of the zero-rated penalty period granted to freight forwarders under the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) for electronic house bills that began on January 4, 2021.  The transitionary period will end January 30, 2022.

Electronic house bills, house bill close messages and supplementary cargo data for consolidated cargo arriving on or after January 31st, may be subject to monetary AMPS penalties if freight forwarders are not compliant with freight forwarder requirements as per the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations.

For more information, refer to Customs Notice 21-15, Mandatory Electronic House Bills – End of the Zero-Rated Penalty Period, or contact David Lychek, Director – Ocean & Air Services.

Quick Tip #16
Ensure basic information is completed on all commercial invoices

The commercial invoice is the basis for the Canadian customs entry and determines any applicable duties and taxes. Ensuring proper information is included is vital for the accurate processing of your shipment. The following information should always be shown:

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