Last updated on August 12th, 2022 -
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is implementing a multi-phase initiative called the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project. Learn how and when CARM affects importers!
CARM is a Canadian initiative that is focused on streamlining the import process for companies importing into Canada. CARM is split into two phases, with phase one having gone into effect on May 25, 2021, and phase two set to go into effect in May 2022. CARM introduces an online portal called the CARM Clients Portal (CCP) that allows importers to have access to Canada border services 24/7.
CARM streamlines the import process into Canada by allowing importers to use the portal to classify the goods in their shipments, estimate and pay duties and taxes online, and submit e-declarations online, resulting in paperless clearance and decreasing the chance of orders being held up at customs.
CBSA’s CARM project affects everyone importing into Canada, including the following:
Phase one is essentially a trial run to ensure everything is running smoothly in preparation for phase two in May 2022.
Phase one (May 2021) is the implementation of the CCP. This phase is available to importers, trade consultants, and customs brokers, though optional. This phase of Canada’s CARM project allows users to do the following with the online portal:
Phase two is the final implementation of CARM, making CARM registration mandatory for anyone importing into Canada.
Phase two is the implementation of additional features into the CCP. This phase opens the portal to all trade chain partners, requiring anyone importing into Canada to register for CARM.
This phase of Canada’s CARM project allows users to do the following with the online portal (in addition to the features and functionality in phase one):
The plan is to have CARM completely rolled out by May of 2022.
Everyone importing into Canada as of phase two of CARM (May 2022) will be required to register.
As more information on CARM becomes available, we will produce more blogs and updates on the topic!
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