CBSA eManifest Update
- decisions on importer admissibility data (IAD) requirements;
- sets of data elements consisting of conveyance, cargo and supplementary information that the CBSA will require or request from highway and rail carriers and freight forwarders; and
- an Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) for rail and highway carriers.
CBSA Marine Desk Changes - Vancouver
Effective October 20, 2008 Canada Border Services hours of operation for the Marine Front Counter located on the ground level of 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver, BC will be Monday to Friday 8:00 to 16:30 hrs. This will coincide with the commercial release hours and personal effects clearance hours. Please attempt to conduct all marine business during the above hours.For after hours emergency marine service only, such as ships stores, vessel inwards and outwards clearance, remanifesting and export B13’s please contact CBSA dispatch at 604-713-9840 for further assistance. For any enquiries regarding the above changes, contact CBSA at 604-666-7644.
CBSA Message on Container Exams
The purpose of this message is to outline the situation of fumigant / solvent testing of marine containers for your Association and its members. The CBSA shares your concerns and is taking immediate action to address the current state of our operations, while still ensuring the health and safety of our employees.
As you may be aware, chemical fumigants are widely used in the shipping industry to kill invasive alien species in cargo loads. Historically, the CBSA has relied on a risk-management approach to minimize the risk of exposure to these fumigants. Following an incident of exposure the CBSA was directed by HRSDC to undertake an extensive study to determine the risk of exposure to its employees with regards to fumigants in marine containers. The study indicated the risk of exposure to various fumigants and solvents commonly used within marine containers. As a result of this study, the CBSA now tests all marine containers for the presence of fumigants/solvents prior to examination.
CBSA Deploys Officers to Japan
Canada Border Services Agency has announced that Canada and Japan will be placing border officers at key strategic locations in each other's country by the end of this year. This initiative is aimed at increasing marine security while ensuring the smooth flow of legitimate trade.
Under the Container Security Initiative (CSI) partnership, border officers from Japan and Canada will work in each other's country to coordinate the examination of high-risk containers before they leave the foreign port, to share information about any potential security threats and to promote data quality, which will improve each country's overall risk-assessment abilities.View News Release.
Delays at Container Examination Facilities