According to a recent release from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the government of Canada has issued the final step for eManifest requirements for highway carriers, rail carriers, and freight forwarders, effective May 6, 2015.
Details on the eManifest requirements can be found at the Canada Border Services Agency: CBSA website
A non-penalty transition period will be effective from May 6, 2015 to July 10, 2015. Effective July 10 CBSA may issue non-monetary penalties under the Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), and beginning January 10, 2016 carriers that fail to comply with the eManifest will be subject to AMPS penalties.
As a shipper, you want to be sure that your carrier is in full compliance to avoid any excessive penalties or delays.
An advantage to utilizing the Western Growers Transportation Program, which is managed by C.H. Robinson, is that that C.H. Robinson works with motor carriers in compliance with Canadian eManifest regulation as part of its contract carrier base of more than 66,000 transportation providers. C.H. Robinson has a proven expertise in crossing the Canada-U.S. border with real time tracking, automated through its global technology platform, Navisphere.