How to Set Up an eManifest Account

The initiative known as eManifest will require all highway carriers transporting goods into Canada to send cargo and conveyance data one hour before arrival. The large number of shipments going through customs combined with elevated health and safety concerns have urged the Canada Border Services Agency to find means to process imported goods more efficiently and thoroughly. Enter eManifest. Sending the documentation in advance will let authorities effectively pre-screen the trade goods before they even arrive at the border.

This means shorter wait times at the border and an estimated $391 million in cost savings from reduced delays and paperless efficiency over a twelve year period.

Many countries have implemented electronic processes to process goods. eManifest is similar to what Canadians use when exporting to the U.S. The road to electronic submission of cargo data is a little complicated. But don’t worry, we’ll help fleet managers set-up and eManifest account in this two-part series. In part one, we’ll discuss the stakeholders affected and the timeline for implementation. Part two will cover the data and business requirements needed to adopt the two options for electronically submitting your data one hour before arrival of the goods. Transition Period. There are basically three dates you have to keep in mind.

Timeline for Your eManifest Account

  • May 6, 2015 – This is when we entered the transition period for eManifest. From this time, the Canadian Border Service Agency will work closely with carriers to help them meet compliance. However, no penalties for non-compliance will be issued.
  • July 10, 2015 – On this date, eManifest will fully go into effect. After this day violations could result in non-monetary penalties, beginning with educational and corrective measures.
  • January 10, 2016 – Financial penalties for non-compliance with eManifest will begin to be issued.

For now, you have plenty of time to ensure you meet the requirements for compliance. Making use of the transition period to familiarize your fleet with the new regulations will prevent punitive costs after January 2015. Here’s a look at the options highway carriers and freight forwarders have to transmit their data to the agency before arrival.

eManifest Options Depending on the size of their business, there are two options to transmit cargo and conveyance data to the Canadian Border Services agency:

  1. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method for high-volume carriers
  2. eManifest Portal for small-medium sized businesses

The two options have vastly different implementation timelines and approaches. For EDI, carriers must apply to become EDI clients. This list of EDI providers that are already accepted by the CBSA can help narrow down your search. Alternatively, the eManifest portal allows companies to send their data over the internet. Next week, we’ll discuss we will go over the business and data requirements needed for the two options. Until then, have a great weekend!