CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Key questions and answers

What are the key goals of SWI? 

  • Give the trade community the ability to electronically submit all information required to eliminate duplicate and redundant data requirements and processes.
  • Reduce the paper burden on the business community and government.
  • Align to the greatest extent possible with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) data model.

When does SWI become effective?

January 1, 2019:  Deadline to obtain system certification for all PGAs and Account Security holders.

April 1, 2019:  Deadline for importers/brokers to file release requests to CBSA using Single Window for applicable PGA shipments – current OGD PARS and OGD RMD options will be sunset.

How does the submission of import data change under SWI? 

Through Single Window, importers will provide all required documentation to the CBSA electronically, including information required by PGAs with a request for release.  The CBSA then transmits all applicable data elements directly to the respective PGA(s).  Upon receipt, the PGA reviews the transmitted information and provides the release decision back to CBSA, which in turn transmits this information back to the applicable customs broker.

Will I have to supply more information?

Yes, you will need to report more product information to satisfy the data needs of the applicable PGA(s).  Clients of Universal Logistics may provide this information to us to be kept on file.

Is there any change in the timing of reporting?

Yes, information previously provided to PGAs after (in some cases) the goods are imported into Canada will now be required before the carrier’s arrival at the border.

What OGDs are participating in the SWI?

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Transport Canada

Clients of Universal Logistics will receive a direct communication, outlining additional information required, in advance of the SWI implementation date.

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

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