Canada’s ACI or Advanced Commercial Information program is the counterpart of the AFR system in Japan. Both programs are designed to facilitate cross-border trade and ensure that carriers and their cargo do not pose a security threat. With the rollout of ACI eManifest (the third phase of the Canada eManifest program), northbound freight forwarders are required to send advance ACI housebill eManifest electronically to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), in addition to cargo and conveyance data.
ACI Housebill eManifest for Freight Forwarders
Secondary data such as bill of lading or house-level bill of lading refer to contracts of carriage, receipts or documents issued by the carrier once the goods have been loaded into the conveyance. House bill information details the type and quantity of goods as well as the destination. The house bill also requires the carrier to deliver cargo to the recipient and transfer the title of goods to the consignee. ACI housebill eManifest is often used as proof of shipment for customs officers and for insurance purposes.
The number of ACI housebill eManifest transmissions varies depending on the scenario. One transmission is required per single contract of carriage or bill of lading. For example, a freight forwarder picking up cargo from one shipper and delivering to one recipient in Canada must submit one Cargo Control Number (CCN), one PARS and one bill of lading. On the other hand, a freight forwarder picking up merchandise from two or more shippers and delivering to multiple consignees must submit multiple CCNS, PARS and bills of lading.
It can be complicated and time-consuming for carriers handling large volumes of deliveries to send eManifests in a timely manner. An alternative to self-filing is Canada eManifest filing through a third party service provider. Service providers are up-to-date on the latest regulations and ensure that cargo reach their destinations without delay.