CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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CBSA postpones CARM deployment


     CBSA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have announced that deployment of the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project will be postponed.  Through CARM, the CBSA will modernize and streamline the process of importing commercial goods with a customer-centric focus.

Lisa Anawati, Vice President, CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management stated, in part:

Over the last couple of weeks, Trade chain partners have asked the CBSA whether the Covid 19 pandemic will impact the CARM project timelines and future deployment dates. The CBSA understands that precise timelines are critical for business planning of system and process changes. At this time, we can confirm that the CARM solution will not deploy in Summer 2021, as previously estimated. Project plans are being reviewed, however, given the current environment, it will require some time for the CARM project team to provide future deployment dates.

CARM is a multi-year initiative designed to transform the collection of duties and taxes for goods imported into Canada, providing importers with an online portal to view all their transactions.

The implementation of CARM is structured in a series of releases (deployment dates pending):

CARM Release 1 will provide businesses with new tools to allow them to see their amounts owing and manage their accounts with the CBSA.  It will include an online CARM Client Portal with self-service tools for invoicing and payments.  If you are an importer or broker that currently interacts with the CBSA, plan to create your secure account in the CARM Client Portal, so you can take advantage of these tools and be ready for future releases.

CARM Release 2 will introduce a new electronic commercial accounting declaration that will replace the current customs coding form (B3) and request for adjustment form (B2).  As well, new features to the payment and billing processes will make it easier to make corrections and adjustments.  CBSA will continue to offer the Release Prior to Payment Program (RPP).  However, changes are being made so that importers will have to secure their commercial imports directly.

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

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