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CFIA Outages: Don't Get Mad, Get Proactive
Jan Brock

Most importers know that it can be a nightmare navigating the requirements of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) when importing goods into Canada. However the red tape gauntlet becomes even more dreadful with systems outages. When most government agencies now require importers to submit release requests electronically, outages can add costs for importers. Although these agencies understand that for every minute the movements of goods are delayed, the importer expends another dollar. What will always ring true is that importing is a privilege, not a right, and outages are part and parcel.

November 3, 2021
What Is Reason To Believe?
Gloria Terhaar

Reason to Believe is one of those customs terms that makes importers' eyes glaze over and think about anything else other than the doom and gloom they are being advised on. With the current state of the world, the last thing anyone wants to talk about is anything that will trigger that familiar shot of anxiety that rockets up your spine. But since Halloween is right around the corner, this scary topic seems entirely fitting.

October 8, 2021
Courier Low Value Shipments And CBSA
Jan Brock

Global cross border electronic commerce has been growing exponentially over the past few years. The pandemic has accelerated this already growing economy with more people shopping online, resulting in a 40% increase (source). This growth has presented challenges and opportunities for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in that low value imports shipped by couriers (CLVS) are not held to the same standards as other commercial shipments.

September 20, 2021
Electronic Longroom | CBSA Automates And Streamlines Paper Processes
Jan Brock

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced in their 2021-22 Departmental Plan that “To further streamline commercial processing, the Agency will continue to implement the Electronic Longroom, an email and digital stamping service offered at some CBSA offices that provides an alternative way to submit certain documentation to the CBSA. This initiative automates and expedites the process for commercial clients to declare goods and pay applicable duties and taxes.”

September 13, 2021
Canada’s Trade Incentive Programs
Jan Brock

Canada has a number of Trade Incentive Programs to allow Canadian companies to remain competitive in the ever increasing global competitive market and to entice foreign investors to invest in Canada. Trade incentives permit companies to waive, postpone or refund some or all of the duties and taxes that would otherwise be payable. Before reviewing the many programs, let's take a look at Canada’s Foreign Trade Zone Program.

September 10, 2021
CARM | B3 And B2 Will Be Replaced By CAD
Jan Brock

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) will introduce a new Commercial Accounting Declaration (CAD) in Release 2 which is scheduled for Spring 2022. The CAD will enhance and replace the current B3 (Customs Coding) and B2 (Request for Adjustment) processes. 

August 5, 2021
CARM | Financial Statement Changes in Release 2
Jan Brock

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is a large multi-year project which started in 2016 with the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL).With release 2 of CARM, changes will be made to ARL. Keep reading to learn more.

July 5, 2021
Online Purchased Parcels Stuck at the Border? Read This Post.
Trish D'Haese

With the US/Canada land border closure over the past year, many online shoppers have been struggling to find ways to ship their US-delivered goods to Canada easily. In this blog post, we are discussing this issue with one of our Operations Release Agents to determine what, if anything, can be done.

June 21, 2021
CARM: Everything You Need To Know In One Place
Lisa Stevenson

With Release 1 of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) right around the corner, many importers are wondering how it will affect them and what they need to do to prepare. In Release 1, Importers will be able to create a CARM Client Portal (CCP). But what does this portal do and what MUST an importer use it for? To answer those questions, we interviewed our Canadian Regulatory Analyst, Gloria Terhaar, and Operations Manager, Taryn Hannah to help guide you on your CARM quest.

May 20, 2021
CARM | Billing Cycle Changes
Jan Brock

CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) multi-year project to simplify and modernize the accounting and data management systems to provide the commercial trade community with a streamlined method of interaction with CBSA.

May 14, 2021