Canadians change course on import requirements last minute

amps-smThe Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced a last-minute change in the eManifest security filing requirement for freight forwarders (FFs). We are nearing the end of the transition period, the first of three implementation phases for eManifest. The non-monetary enforcement phase begins in January 2017. On December 6, 2016, CBSA issued Customs Notice 16-29. This is a significant announcement and change by CBSA. Prior to this announcement, only Canadian-based FFs could be bonded and only those bonded FFs could move cargo that was required to be moved in bond in Canada and only those could file advance consolidated HBLs. Now, the opportunity is open to FFs from any domicile around the world to become bonded and simplify Canadian imports.

Companies across the globe have expressed concerns about eManifest readiness in general. We have been advised that there are some large co-loaders who are not yet ready for eManifest. We have clients who are unable to begin eManifest filing because their co-loaders are not ready.  There are also some Canadian ports that are not ready to receive the Deployment 4 (D4) notices from CBSA.  Because of this, those ports have created paper-based process workarounds for now.

Trade Tech is ready. Our services have been tested extensively by the CBSA and we are officially registered with the CBSA as a service provider. We have many customers that have started filing eManifest with us. However, many companies have not yet registered for eManifest. Trade Tech is ready to assist and to get all freight forwarders signed up and trained for eManifest. Our global presence allows us to train compliance teams in local country and language.

Trade Tech has worked with our partners to provide a complete solution, a one stop shop – we can assist you to apply for a Bond. Once received, we can manage the CBSA application to apply to CBSA to become bonded. We can also handle the acquisition of a CBSA 8000-series forwarder code (bonded or not) on your behalf.

We encourage you to start the sign-up process today. This will help ensure ample time for processing as well as time to review and implement your internal SOP and educating your customers. There is still time to practice eManifest filing before any CBSA letters of non-compliance will begin to be issued in January of 2017. Actual monetary penalties will take effect in July of 2017.

3 Digital Mega Trends You Can’t Ignore


We are in the middle of a digital revolution that dwarfs the industrial revolution, you’ve heard many times. But how far along is the logistics industry really? Three concepts, unfortunately used interchangeably, define this digital journey. One concept builds upon the other, in this sequence:

Digitization → Digitalization → Digital Transformation.

We are already done with digitization, that was act of converting the analog world into digital computers. Today, I think my kids’ lives are more digital than real-world, analog. All businesses are digital in some form. Some industry icons slipped into the abyss of irrelevance like Eastman Kodak and Blockbuster as a result of digitization.

Digitalization, currently in full swing, is the process of getting the data back out of the computers, mobile phones and intelligent things into the Cloud. Uber and Airbnb are examples of companies mining this data and creating tons of value. Similarly, cloud native transportation management systems can unleash significantly efficiency gains by automating information-, cargo- and cash-flows, end-to-end, from origin to destination. Digitalization 2.0 lets our friends at Google, Facebook and NSA apply machine learning, at scale, to analyze and predict every move in our digital lives. That part I’m less enthusiastic about. However, machine learning will also help expedite flows of information, cargo and cash in global supply chains.

Digital Transformation, is the mega disruptor, the storm on the horizon the effect that will shake up things. Ocean carriers are scrambling to prepare for this phase. Manufacturers are already re-saddling to become service providers owning the equipment that calls home when it’s time for replacement or repair. Through consolidation at global scale, Amazon has the potential to dramatically increase global transportation efficiency, becoming the one place where all supply- and demand chains are run and managed. Transformation is more about business than technology. Disruptors will benefit and incumbents will need to seek new opportunities. 

Information Technology doesn’t matter

debating-itFor thirteen years, the IT community has debated Nicholas Carr’s provocative claim that IT doesn’t matter. In a Harvard Business Review article, he argued that IT, like electricity, is everywhere and therefore doesn’t provide any strategic business advantage.

He got one thing right. As it turned out, cloud computing platforms did indeed commoditize data storage, processing and communication. However, he didn’t anticipate that cloud computing would fuel innovation that enable completely new business models.  Nimble, cloud native innovators created services that made available to everyone, business process automation tools that were previously reserved only for enterprises with hefty IT budgets.  Global by design and deployed in days rather than years, these services instantly created strategic advantages for its users. So, IT mattered a great deal after all. What do you think?