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New border requirements come into effect Nov. 1 for truck cargo

Published by Steve Coleman on October 12, 2011

Trucking companies carrying goods into Canada will face stricter requirements on Nov. 1.

The Canadian Border services agency announced Oct. 12 that the new eManifest system comes into effect at the beginning of the month.

Highway carriers that don't electronically transmit cargo and conveyance data before the semi gets to the border will face non-monetary penalties and be denied entry into the country.

On May 1, 2013, companies that don't send the information to the border ahead of a truck's arrival will start paying fines, in addition to being denied entry into Canada.

"When fully implemented, eManifest will be a virtually paperless process that starts before shipments even reach the border and will improve two-way communications between trade and the CBSA," Cathy Munroe, Vice-President, Programs Branch, said in a news release. "By rigorously performing risk assessments on advance commercial information, the CBSA's border services officers will be better able to ensure that shipments identified as being of unknown and high-risk are examined and low-risk, legitimate goods cross the border more efficiently."

To make the process easier, the federal government has opened an Internet-based eManifest Portal for companies to enter the necessary information.

The CBSA says the process will improve wait times at the border. Knowing what's in a shipment before it arrives will mean officers can concentrate on the ones that show up at the border without the information in the computer.

For more information on eManifest requirements, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca.

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