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Canada Border Services Agency

Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects



eManifest represents Phase III of the Advance Commercial Information initiative, which is aimed at improving the CBSA's ability to detect shipments that pose a high or unknown risk to the safety and security of Canadians. eManifest will help the Agency protect and secure Canadian frontiers by “pushing the border out”, because it will require carriers to electronically submit all pre-arrival commercial information (including all cargo, conveyance and crew data) in the highway and rail modes of transportation. It will also require freight forwarders and importers to electronically submit advance secondary cargo and advance trade data for all modes (marine, air, rail and highway). This will enable the CBSA to more effectively analyze risk, help ensure that efficient border procedures are in place and help secure the international trade supply chain.

Project Phase

eManifest is being deployed in multiple phases, whereby deliverables are being implemented at various stages throughout the project according to client group. The following activities will be undertaken during the life cycle of the project:

  • Electronic receipt and automated risk assessment of pre-arrival data, including
    • primary and secondary cargo information;
    • conveyance information;
    • crew/driver information; and
    • importer release/admissibility information.
  • Development of
    • alternative methods of communication (Internet portal);
    • cargo messaging / notification system;
    • linkages between cargo, importer admissibility and release information (including arrival status);
    • a multi-modal manifest suitable for all modes of transportation;
    • improved information for border services officers at the primary inspection line;
    • integrated examination results;
    • a mechanism for risk assessors to make pre-arrival admissibility recommendations;
    • trend analysis and pattern detection (supported by business intelligence and a data warehouse);
    • compliance management and data quality review;
    • information reporting to senior management; and
    • sufficient capacity and infrastructure to meet established pre-arrival reporting time frames and volumes.

In addition, some of the activities listed above will be implemented or retrofitted for the air and marine modes because the activities were not included as part of Phase I and II of the Advance Commercial Information initiative. In particular:

  • electronic receipt and automated risk assessment of pre-arrival data, including secondary cargo, crew and importer release / advance trade data;
  • development of trend analysis and pattern detection