CBSA Announces Effective Dates for eManifest House BL Filing Requirement for Freight Forwarders
July 20, 2016
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently published the implementation dates of the
eManifest House BL filing requirement for Freight Forwarders. Under the eHBL program,
advance secondary data must be transmitted by Freight Forwarders/NVOCC’s for cargo
imported into, or moving in-transit through Canada.
- From November 7, 2016, to January 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
- From January 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.
The general requirements are as follows:
- Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's must indicate on the Shipment Instructions given
to the "K" Line office at origin that the shipment is
- Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's will be required to transmit within the
current 24HR Advance Manifesting time frames:
- Advance House Bill data which must be electronically transmitted to
CBSA using the eHBL data set for import, in-bond and in-transit
- Supplementary Cargo Data which must be electronically transmitted to
CBSA using the Supplementary Cargo Report for all FROB cargo.
- Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's will be required to transmit the House BL Close
message set to CBSA to indicate all eHBLs have been transmitted to CBSA.
- Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's must obtain a CBSA issued 8000 series carrier
code (a four character code that begins with an 8).
- Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's can transmit advance House Bill data using either
an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) method, CBSA's
eManifest Web Portal, or by using a 3rd party service provider.
- Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's and their service providers who would like to
become EDI clients and undergo acceptance testing must apply to the Electronic
Commerce Unit (ECU).
All Freight Forwarders/NVOCC's are urged to immediately investigate and take
the necessary steps to ensure your ability to comply with this new requirement.
Detailed information and contacts can be found at the following website: