The logistics technology provider CargoWise has developed a new customs-compliant software module to meet the needs of its Canadian customers as they brace for upcoming changes to the country’s customs procedures.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is set to overhaul its system in the coming year as it implements the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) eManifest program. Designed to improve border security, the program will require freight forwarders to electronically transmit advance commercial information to the CBSA within a specified time ahead of forwarding.
All freight forwarders must comply with the new requirements by June 2014. The CBSA is advising businesses to start adopting eManifest requirements now so they have the time to fine tune their operations and test their eManifest procedures before they become mandatory.
CargoWise said its Canadian Customs ACI eManifest module is integrated within its software to help the company’s Canadian customer base adapt to the compliance requirements. Current CargoWise customers are already transmitting eManifest data as an extension of their existing application.
“While other forwarders scramble to update their systems and rework their operations to meet the new compliance requirements, CargoWise customers will experience a seamless transition,” says Gene Gander, CargoWise vice president of business development, Americas. “The new eManifest module will allow the entry and maintenance of ACI eManifest data by any authorized CargoWise user within a company without costly integration or rekeying of data, therefore increasing productivity capabilities. By making eManifest available ahead of the mandatory deadline, our Canadian customers will be able to further streamline operations and maximize productivity, helping them stay ahead of the competition.”