ACI eManifest

What is ACI eManifest House Bills?

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires freight forwarders for all modes of transportation to transmit advance house bill of lading (HBL) data electronically. The program eliminates paper-based house bill reporting and replaces legacy ACI supplementary data submitted to the CBSA. For most Canada-bound cargo, the data must be received prior to loading and validated by the CBSA prior to arriving in Canada.

Who is impacted?

All Freight Forwarders who handle the Canada-bound Cargo

Freight forwarders with a bonded 8000-series carrier code can submit consolidated and non-consolidated house bill data. Freight forwarders with a non-bonded 8000-series carrier code can submit non-consolidated house bill data only.

Important Note : Only freight forwarders physically located in Canada are eligible to apply for a bonded carrier code.

How does it work?

Freight forwarder should submit electronic House Bills and House Bills Close data.

Filing Time Frames


24 hours

prior to loading or arrival depending on type and origin of goods


4 hours

prior to arrival or at time of departure


2 hours

prior to arrival


1 hour

prior to arrival

SmartLink eManifest House Bills Integration

▪️ XML EDI Integration Service with freight forwarder’s own system. OPUS Forwarding, CyberLogitec FMS Solution, already has eHBL submission functions available.

▪️ Canadian forwarder can delegate filing authority to overseas agent using User Roles Management function. If currently using OPUS Forwarding, users can check the filing status and create BL automatically from eManifest filed data.

▪️ Users can see all the CBSA’s eManifest Notice (Matched, Arrived, Released, and others). As of today, CyberLogitec is the only service provider who has the eManifest Notice Certificate.

Features & Benefits

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