Implementation of eManifest in the highway mode took place on November 1, 2010.  Electronic data interchange (EDI) systems are available for highway carriers who can now transmit their pre-arrival cargo and conveyance data to the CBSA before arriving at the border.


As a reminder, Advance Commercial Information (ACI) transmissions will be required for US-loaded freight remaining on board as of January 1, 2011.  Prime cargo reports (SO83) as well as supplementary cargo reports (SO687) will also be required for US-loaded FROB cargo as of January 1, 2011.


In 2011, the CBSA will offer a secure eManifest Portal transmission option that will allow for the electronic transmission of highway carrier data through the Internet.  Later in 2011, eManifest will be offered in the rail mode and then to freight forwarders.  Importers in the marine mode may begin transmission of advance trade data in 2012.


EDI transmission of importer trade data (release requests containing invoice & B3 data) has been required since April 1, 2008.  In order to meet the EDI requirement and to assist importers and their carriers with EDI clearance procedures, Omnitrans offers 24 hour processing services, 24-hour fax and phone lines, and a PARS status tracking website.  The Omnitrans PARS fax line is 1-866-877-2266, 24 hours a day.  To reach an Omnitrans representative outside of regular business hours, please call 1-866-677-9541.  The Omnitrans PARS Tracker is at:

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ACI and eManifest requires the pre-arrival transmission of electronic information from carriers, freight forwarders and importers in order to screen cargo according to risk assessment.

Advances for Canada’s trade community at the land border.