The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is reminding cross-border carriers the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be repealing the truck turnaround policy for major advanced commercial information (ACI) offences on November 2, 2020, at 23:59 Pacific Time.
The agency states as of November 3, 2020, carriers that arrive at a port of entry where non-compliance is discovered could be issued a penalty and can also choose to do the following:
- Return to the United States to await correction of ACI data
- Park and wait at the port of entry to await correction of ACI data
CTA recently announced CBSA’s decision to remove the policy which had been in place since 2017, due to the frequency and severity of AMPs penalties being issued by CBSA during that time. The policy allowed trucks to be returned to the U.S. to resolve their ACI issues before monetary penalties would be issued by the agency.
CBSA stated the successful sunset of this policy will require the continued cooperation of the CBSA and highway carriers as the policy comes to a close. Following the removal of the policy, the CBSA will focus on education and outreach as a primary compliance mechanism, rather than a monetary enforcement approach.
CTA will continue to work with CBSA to ensure that compliance in the industry remains strong, recurring compliance issues are addressed, and that the agency is not unduly penalizing carriers once the turnaround has been removed. CTA will continue working on addressing recurring issues impacting carrier compliance through its AMP’s working group with CBSA.
For further details on the announcement and additional solutions that have been put in place by the agency, please see the linked CBSA communications in both English and French: