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Reminder: ACI Non-Compliance = Zero-rated AMPS

As of July 10, 2015 – the Canada Border Services Agency may issue “zero-rated,” non-monetary Administrative Monetary Penalty System penalties along with notices of non-compliance to carriers who do not comply with Advanced Commercial Information eManifest reporting requirements. Note, however, that CBSA has also announced an interim policy to allow verbal reporting for empty and in-transit conveyances only.

eManifest requires motor cariers to transmit manifest information electronically at least one hour prior to a truck’s arrival at the first port of entry into Canada. Carriers can send information identifying the truck, trailer, shipments(s) and driver to CBSA through its free, web-bsed ACI portal, a direct connection to CBSA or a service provider.

Effective immediately, CBSA will provide an eManifest Requirement Handout at the primary inspection line to any carriers who are not in compliance.

Current penalties will serve as a warning to carriers they must correct the issue that led to the penalty and prepare to comply with ACI requirements. The zero-rated AMPS period will last for six months, until January 10, 2016, after which full AMPS will apply, including fines.

Empty & in-transit conveyances
Drivers hauling any type of conveyance back into Canada empty may still report verbally (ie, if carriers can’t file ACI data electronically) without AMPS penalties for the time being. CBSA encourages carriers to eManifest requirements for empties if possible, but will accept multiple conveyance reports in advance as long as carriers send a correction (a pre-arrival change) to update data for a specific truck and trailer/tank prior to reaching the border. The driver will require a lead sheet. Customs Self-Assessment carriers may continue to follow the existing process for empties.

Carriers may also continue to report in-transit loads on paper without AMPS.

CBSA has not yet identified a deadline for eManifest compliance for empties or in-transit loads. For complete details, please see CBSA’s Customs Notice -023

Original article source: BC Trucking Association Bulletin

Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION

HUB International TRANSPORTATION specialists are based in Vancouver. Our longstanding relationships with the best providers in the business allow us to deliver the solution that serve you best. With HUB, you can run your business knowing that you are headed in the right direction.

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