CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Being in the global logistics business means our senior executives and managers need to get out of the office regularly to attend important industry and partner meetings.  Most recently, we attended two key events:

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) National Annual Conference.  This year’s event, held in Whistler, British Columbia from October 27-29, was attended by Michael Glionna, President, David Glionna, Vice President – Finance and Mark Glionna, Vice President – Client Relations & Business Development.  The conference focused on one major topic – CARM (CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management) – a new initiative that will impact all importers.  The vision of CARM is to deliver a globally-leading customs experience that is customer-centric, facilitates legitimate trade, improves compliance and revenue collection and contributes to securing the borders of Canada.

What all importers need to know:

  • CARM will be delivered in a phased in approach.
  • Release 1 (Fall 2020) allows for basic Portal functionality and payment processing for trade chain partners.
  • Importers will set up a Business account on the Portal (based on Business Number RM account).
  • Importers will delegate authority to their customs broker to manage the clearance and accounting of imported goods.

“Attending the annual CSCB conference and hearing first-hand the latest CBSA initiatives and the accompanying challenges and benefits of full implementation, helps us navigate our clients through the changes” said Mark Glionna.

  AAPEX-SEEMA Trade Show

Michelle Erickson-Taylor, Connie Erickson, Brent Erickson,
John Leis & Nicole Daly at the AAPEX-SEMA trade show.

AAPEX-SEMA Trade Show.  John Leis, Director – Client Relations represented Universal Logistics at the 2019 AAPEX-SEMA trade show, held November 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  AAPEX brings together every aspect of the more than $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry like no other event. 

More than 2,500 exhibiting companies created a dynamic trade show floor with more than 5,500 booths displaying the latest products, services and technologies for more than 51,000 targeted buyers.  Nearly 162,000 aftermarket professionals from 126 countries converged in Las Vegas for AAPEX and the SEMA Show, creating the perfect environment for networking.  John enjoyed spending some time with the team of our long standing client, B. Erickson Manufacturing Ltd..

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When Incoterms are incomplete

The shipping term FOB (Free on Board) is incomplete when the port of shipment and country are omitted. Moreover, you could end up paying extra if an incorrect assumption (guess) is made about your port of shipment (many countries have multiple ports of shipment).

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