Requirement Begins with Grace Period for Adaptation.
The implementation of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) eManifest eHousebill filing initiative for freight forwarders came into effect on January 4, 2021.
For all freight destined to Canada, freight forwarders and brokers will be required to electronically report ACI (Advance Commercial Information) data using the eManifest house bills for all consolidated freight.
For Air Canada to report the Master Air Waybill information accurately, we ask our freight forwarder customers to either advise us of their AGT-8000 number at time of tender, or in the case of FWB messaging, to include the AGT-8000 number in the OCI line as per the following IATA format: OCI/CA/AGT/T/8000. This will allow Air Canada to validate and report the Master Air Waybills as either Simple or Consolidation.
Air Canada will no longer be able submit supplementary Air Waybill information for goods terminating in Canada after the grace period.
We are currently working with CBSA to finalize the customs deconsolidation (D4) notices. To avoid delays for the release of freight, on an interim basis, customers can provide the D4 custom release notices via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or as a hard copy to the destination station with the following pertinent information:
- Date and Time of release of the shipment.
- Reference to the 014- air waybill number and AGT 8000 number.
- Release notification with the goods status showing "released-0013" along with the transaction number.
- Port and Sublocation of the release.
While non-compliance notices will be issued by CBSA after January 4, penalties will not be applied until July 1 to provide ample time for businesses to adapt to the new requirement.
For more information, please visit https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/cn-ad/cn20-28-eng.html, or contact the CBSA eManifest Help Desk at email@example.com.
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