CN 17-19, Interim Measures and Issuance of ACI Penalties to Highway Carriers

December 30, 2019

1. The Advance Commercial Information (ACI)/eManifest requirements for highway carriers have been mandatory since January 11, 2016 and carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP).

2. A CBSA turnaround policy exists for drivers in the highway mode who arrive at a Canadian border without Advance Commercial Information (ACI). The policy allows these drivers to turn around and return to the United States to properly report cargo information in order to meet ACI regulatory requirements and avoid penalties. The CBSA is extending the evaluation period for the turnaround policy until midnight June 30, 2020.

3. During this period, the CBSA will allow drivers in the highway mode who arrive without ACI to return voluntarily to the United States to await transmission of both their conveyance and cargo information. No ACI penalties will be issued when a carrier returns to the United States.

4. During this period, the CBSA requests that highway carriers apply full due diligence to transmit ACI cargo and conveyance reports that are true, accurate and complete.

5. Where a carrier is provided an opportunity to return but chooses not to, penalties C378, C379 and C382 may be applied. The three penalties are:

  • C378
    Person failed to submit the prescribed pre-load/pre-arrival information relating to their cargo and/or conveyance
  • C379
    Person failed to submit advance information in the prescribed time or prescribed manner to the Agency
  • C382
    Person submitted information prescribed by the Reporting of Imported Goods Regulations that was not true, accurate and complete

6. The CBSA will monitor the frequency of returns, and may contact carriers who continue to be non-compliant to provide outreach to improve compliance.

7. For additional information regarding this Customs Notice, please contact:

This 21 December 2019 notice is from the CBSA website.

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