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CBSA delays mandatory use of Single Window Initiative

  Single Window Initiative (SWI)

The Single Window Initiative (SWI), scheduled to become mandatory as of April 1, 2020, the date which the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) planned to decommission existing OGD PARS and RMD service options, has been postponed to an undetermined date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBSA created the SWI in order to electronically communicate with Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) to better identify goods with import requirements, and exchange that information with the PGA at time of release.

Universal Logistics will continue to utilize SWI for all PGA release requests, as CBSA has advised clients that have on-boarded to the SWI IID (SO911), but continue to use the legacy OGD release service options, may experience delays in the processing of their shipments.

Additional fees as noted in our February 2020 issue of Route will not be implemented until such time as SWI becomes mandatory.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

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