CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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What the Single Window Initiative means for your business

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has created the Single Window Initiative (SWI) in order to electronically communicate with Participating Government Agencies (PGA) to better identify goods with import requirements, and exchange that information with the PGA at time of release.

This single integrated solution is shared with the applicable PGA via an Integrated Import Declaration (IID).  The IID will streamline the importing process while eliminating redundancies in an effort to reduce clearance times.

This means import data forwarded to the CBSA will be automatically shared with 9 Participating Government Agencies (see list below), representing 38 government programs.  This is expected to be a significant improvement on the old process, which required importers to make separate submissions of import data to the CBSA and PGAs based upon the commodity requirements.

Quick Tip #20
True or false? AMPS penalties only apply to import shipments

Answer: False. Canadian exports are subject to about 17 AMPS (Administrative Monetary Penalty System) infractions.

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