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Canadians Certify Trade Tech

June 1, 2012
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Technology firm IES Ltd. has been authorized under the Canadian Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program to provide its cloud-based technology for truck shipments traveling from the U.S. into Canada and from Canada into the U.S.

“The combined Truck e-Manifest product provides one portal for shipments both to and from Canada. Highway carriers and brokers can complete and submit electronic manifests online to both [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] and CBSA to comply with the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and Advance Commercial Information (ACI) programs respectively,” said Kevin Gavin, Senior VP of Supply Chain Compliance at IES.

“CBSA has clearly stated that non-compliant highway carriers will be denied entry to Canada. With [the November 1, 2012 deadline for] ACI on the horizon we would strongly urge carriers and service providers to begin planning their strategies now to bypass the pitfalls associated with a last-minute rush toward compliance,” continued Gavin.

Gavin explains: The Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program allows the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) to obtain more detailed information on shipments entering the country. The ACI program is being delivered in phases. The focus of ACI Phase 1 was on marine cargo and conveyance information, requiring marine carriers and freight forwarders to electronically transmit marine cargo data to the CBSA 24-hours prior to loading in a foreign port.

Phase 2 required all air carriers and freight forwarders to electronically transmit conveyance, cargo and supplementary cargo data to the CBSA 4-hours prior to arrival in Canada. E-Manifest is the third and final phase of the ACI program. This phase will require the electronic transmission of advance cargo and conveyance information for all highway and rail shipments into Canada. The objective of the ACI program is to better identify high-risk shipments while speeding the clearance of legitimate low-risk shipments.

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