Cloud based solution simplifies mandatory Canadian electronic security filing requirement

cbsa-terminologyTrade Tech, a leader in cloud-based solutions for the global shipping and logistics industry, announces its cloud-based solution, Syrinx™ e-Shipping Portal (Syrinx), is equipped for freight forwarders to submit ACI/eManifest security filings. Effective Nov. 7, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires advance secondary data to be transmitted by freight forwarders for cargo imported into, or moving in-transit through Canada.

With the implementation of ACI/eManifest, freight forwarders are required to transmit advance house bill data electronically to the CBSA. The data must be validated and accepted by the CBSA 24 hours prior to the cargo being loaded aboard the vessel at the port of origin. Freight forwarders are also required to transmit a house bill ‘close’ message once all house bills within a consolidated shipment have been submitted. This expanded requirement replaces the existing ACI/supplementary reports, that now, instead is required for freight remaining on board (FROB) in Canadian ports.

Trade Tech co-founder and CEO Bryn Heimbeck says, “The eManifest requirement is quickly approaching and we’ve found that freight forwarders are making preparations for eManifest and having Trade Tech register them with the CBSA. Affected freight forwarders must realize that they not only have to register with the CBSA Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU), but that there is also a lengthy testing period before they can begin filing. Trade Tech can register and test on our clients’ behalf so we’re removing that burden from them and our solution ensures that they’re compliant, avoiding cargo delays and penalties.”

Timeframe for eManifest Requirement:
• From Nov. 7, 2016, to Jan. 10, 2017, the CBSA will provide freight forwarders with a period of transition during which penalties for non-compliance will not be issued and the CBSA will work closely with freight forwarders on corrective measures.
• From Jan. 11, 2017, to July 11, 2017, freight forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
• Beginning July 12, 2017, freight forwarders deemed to be non-compliant with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties.

Trade Tech is offering weekly educational webinars on ACI/eManifest filings. Freight forwarders can click here to register for the next webinar.

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