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CN, customs broker begin electronic manifest data exchange


Canadian National Railway Co. and customs broker Livingston International have developed an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) process designed to increase customs clearance speed and accuracy for Canadian importers.

CN now sends manifest information to Livingston electronically
instead of by fax, eliminating the need to manually key faxed data into computers.

An importer's name automatically triggers a manifest transmission from CN to Livingston, which later sends complete data electronically to Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) officials for a clearance decision. For years, CN transmitted advance manifest information electronically to CCRA and by fax to brokers.

"[The EDI link] will accelerate the customs clearance process and help our
customers better manage their supply chain costs," said Anita Ernesaks, CN vice president of e-Business, in a prepared statement.

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