Canada eManifest

eManifest is the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program. When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill / supplementary cargo and importer data to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) prior to arrival. eManifest is part of the overall measures the Government of Canada is putting in place to enhance the safety and security of Canadians and international trade while streamlining cross-border processes.

Is XPO compliant with eManifest?

Yes. In fact, XPO has been successfully transmitting advance cargo and conveyance data to CBSA since January of 2012. XPO will transmit each shipment electronically to Canada Customs shortly after it is picked up to allow your shipment ample time for advance screening prior to crossing the border. Our process has been confirmed and we are prepared for the changes.

What happens if my carrier is not compliant with eManifest?

Non-compliant carriers will be denied entry to Canada and issued zero-rated penalties. Considerable delays for your shipments should be expected. If after six months the carrier is still not compliant, penalties will be issued.

What can I do to ensure a seamless border crossing for my shipment?

If you are a U.S. shipper shipping to Canada, ensure your documentation is complete and accurate:

  • Have commercial invoices that clearly describe the commodity, weight, value and country of origin.
  • Know your customer’s customs broker and include that on the bill of lading. If you don’t know it, ask your customer. A customs broker is needed to complete the entry of the imported goods into Canada. Without a customs broker, there can be unnecessary delays and extra costs to your customer (or you as the shipper) to get the shipment cleared.
  • Give the driver the bill of lading, which lists the customer’s customs broker, as well as the commercial invoice, when the shipment is picked up. This information is required to electronically transmit the shipment information to Canada Customs.
  • If you are a Canadian importer, ensure your shipper knows who your customs broker is to avoid unnecessary delays and extra costs for your shipment.

How do I learn more about eManifest?

Visit the Canada Border Services Agency.
Or contact the XPO Customs Resource Center.