UPDATE to US commercial truck shipments requiring electronic ACE manifest starting Jan 1, 2019 - Yes even under $800
A warning to everyone that heads across the border to the USA in the commercial lane with goods under $800 using the S.321 exemption and a paper manifest. This changes effective Jan 1, 2019 and you must file electronically before you reach the border. See this CBP Bulletin: TRUCK SECTION 321 REQUIREMENTS. NOTE: Read this and my second post. You must start the process right now if you want to have a hope in Hell to be able to meet the requirements by Jan 1, 2019.
As mentioned in the bulletin you can visit https://www.cbp.gov/trade/ace/training- ... nce-guides for information on how to do this. When you get to that page on the right side you need to click on 'Apply for an Account' and take it from there. I haven't applied yet so I can't answer any questions about the process. I only found out about it because I was informed by a CBP officer the last time I crossed about this new requirement.
There are no more exemptions. This is mandatory. Note that the bulletin I referred to states:
Beginning November 26, 2018, CBP will begin a phased approach for non-compliance with conveyances being referred to secondary for processing. Then starting January 1, 2019, carriers which make no attempt to comply with the electronic manifest requirement will be issued a monetary penalty ($5000 for the first offence and $10,000 for subsequent offences).
If you don't do this yourself you have to hire a service provider to do it for you which then just adds to the expense and can cause delays.
It's going to be a bit of a learning curve but hopefully once I learn the new system I'll be able to just fill the form in 2 minutes just like I do the CBP Form 7533 paper manifest.