Transition Period for Forwarder eManifest Requirements Ending Soon

Freight Forwarder (EDI/EManifest Concept - Multimodal Transport w/ Binary Code)

Trade Update • January 17, 2021

Freight forwarders and carriers are reminded that the extended voluntary period for eManifest requirements during which penalties were “zero-rated” will be ending on January 30, 2022.

In a recently updated Customs Notice, the Canada Border Services Agency advised that electronic house bills, house bill close messages, and supplementary cargo data for consolidated cargo arriving on or after January 31, 2022, may be subject to administrative monetary penalties if companies are not compliant with freight forwarder requirements as per the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations.


Some example AMPs penalties under the regulations include the following:

  • C378: Failure to submit the prescribed pre-load/pre-arrival information relating to their cargo and/or conveyance.
    Level 1 – $2,000, Level 2 – $4,000, Level 3 – $8,000
  • C379: Failure to submit advance information in the prescribed time or prescribed manner to the Agency.
    Level 1 – $250, Level 2 – $375, Level 3 – $750
  • C380:Failure to comply with a notification issued by the CBSA regarding the goods on board or expected to be on board the conveyance.
    Level 1 – $2,000, Level 2 – $4,000, Level 3 – $8,000
  • C381: Failure to notify the Agency within prescribed timeframes and without delay of any correction to any pre-arrival or pre-load information sent to the CBSA.
    Level 1 – $500, Level 2 – $750, Level 3 – $1,500
  • C382: Submission of information prescribed by the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations (i.e., not true, accurate, or complete).
    Level 1 – $500, Level 2 – $750, Level 3 – $1,500

Registering with CBSA

Companies that are not already registered and participating in electronic house bills should contact the Technical Commercial Client Unit by email at or by calling 1-888-957-7224 (select “1” for EDI transactions or “2” for technical portal assistance).

For email support on eManifest policy and processes, contact the eManifest Help Desk at


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