Canadian eManifest Update: NVOCC Filing Details Will Be Mandatory Following November

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that changes to the filing requirements for cargo passing through and destined for Canada will come into mandatory effect on November 7, 2016.  For purposes of CBSA, freight forwarder is defined as:  “A person who, on behalf of one or more owners, importers, shippers or consignees of goods, causes    specified goods to be transported by one or more carriers.”

This requirement brings about several changes to the maritime community, both for marine carriers and NVOCCs (freight forwarders).

The NVOCC will be responsible to notify CBSA when all HBLs for a prime (or immediately higher level) cargo report have been filed using the close message. Full bill of lading details will automatically be provided to a de-consolidation warehouse when the sub location code is provided. NVOCC can nominate other recipients for full bill of lading details, i.e., local agent for in-bond re-manifesting (note, this is NOT for dispositions). New notices will be available, i.e. notification of cargo completed by a close message, cargo arrival at a de-consolidation warehouse message, cargo release message. Recipients of new notices must apply and advise CBSA which notices they wish to receive.These changes will be mandatory as of November 7, 2016.

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 measures.

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.

Vilden Associates have been certified for eManifest HBL filings since May, 2014.  We are currently completing our certification for receipt of the new notices that can be issued. Contact us today and see how our solutions can help you fulfill your ACI and eManifest requirements. Click here to request more information, or email us at

Click here to view the most current information on the CBSA website.

Click here for a digitized application (PDF) to file Canadian ACI.