CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Natural Resources Canada regulations under the Single Window Initiative

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products in order to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

For Single Window, three government programs fall under NRCan:

The Office of Energy Efficiency regulates energy using products imported into Canada for which the following information is required:

  • A company that imports a regulated, energy-using product into Canada must ensure specific information for NRCAN appears on the commercial import documentation. This information is required to be transmitted electronically to CBSA in order to obtain Customs release.
  • What information must be transmitted to obtain NRCAN release?
    • NRCAN requires the following information for the importation of regulated, energy-using products into Canada. Importers must ensure this information is included on their commercial documentation.
    • Name of product (e.g. dishwasher, television, etc.)
    • Model number
    • Brand name, if any
    • Address of the dealer who is importing the product
    • Purpose for which the product is being imported:
    • for sale or lease in Canada without modification
    • for sale or lease in Canada after being modified to comply with the prescribed energy efficiency standard, or
    • for use as a component in a product being exported from Canada

The Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD) controls the type and quantity of explosives that may be imported into Canada, exported from Canada, and transported in transit through Canada.

You need an Import, Export, or In Transit permit to import explosives into or export them from Canada, except for those under the direct control of the Department of National Defence or subject to personal exemptions.

The data elements the broker (on behalf of the importer) must provide in the IID for the Kimberley Process Rough Diamonds Program are:

  • KPC number: The certificate number of the KPC being used.
  • Canadian importer data and exporter data.
  • KPC issue date: The date the KPC was issued.
  • KPC expiry date: The expiry date on the KPC.
  • Scanned KPC: A fully qualified URL from which an image of the KPC can be accessed by qualified CBSA and NRCan employees (the scanned KPC is not mandatory).
  • Issuing authority: The two-character code for the country issuance of the KPC.
  • Country of origin (mining): The two-character code for the country in which this commodity was mined, according to the KPC. In cases where the mining origin is more than one country, then this needs to be indicated as “mixed.”
  • Carat weight: The weight of the rough diamonds in carats.
  • Value: The value of the rough diamonds in U.S. dollars (US$).
  • HS code: The Harmonized System code of the rough diamonds.
  • Number of packages/parcels: The total number of individual packages/parcels in the shipment.

For information about the data element rationales for NRCan, visit:

For Data Element Matching Criteria Tables complete with HS Tariff Classification cross-reference please refer to
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

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