The significance of this announcement is that the 18 month count down to a new compliance deadline begins with the availability of the Governments Portal. There will be 12 months of voluntary compliance, 6 months of informed compliance, and then penalties resulting from lack of compliance.
The CBSA has advised that the eManifest Portal is available as of Monday, August 29th.
A message from CBSA regarding the eManifest Portal is as follows:
I take great pleasure in being able to inform you today that the eManifest Portal will be accessible from the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Web site as of Monday, August 29, 2011.
As you know, the eManifest Portal will provide the trade community with an alternative method to the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) options for the advance transmission of commercial information to the CBSA.
This first iteration of the eManifest Portal has been designed for highway carriers. The carrier’s authorized representative must apply for a Shared Secret to register for the eManifest Portal the first time and establish an eManifest Portal Business Account. Application instructions have been available on the Web site for several months and, to date, the CBSA has received nearly 500 applications. Now that the Portal is up and running, the CBSA will begin issuing Shared Secrets to all highway carrier applicants.
With all Manifest transmission methods (EDI and eManifest Portal) now available, the CBSA will be announcing in the coming weeks the start date of the 18-month implementation timeline for highway carriers.
I encourage you to share this information with your membership and to remind them to visit the eManifest pages of the CBSA Web site regularly, view the on-line highway carrier presentation, and subscribe to the eManifest RSS news feed to keep abreast of important updates on eManifest implementation.
We have all worked very hard to achieve this milestone in the implementation of the eManifest initiative and I thank you for your valuable input and continued support.
Director General, eManifest and Major Projects Directorate
Canada Border Services Agency
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