NOTICE: CBSA has delayed the mandatory go-live date of April 1st. The new date is yet to be announced, but is expected to be set for October 2019.
The Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Single Window Initiative (SWI) focuses on the standardization of data and process simplification.
This initiative will, in part, reduce risk and improve control at the border by allowing Customs to better identify goods with import requirements, validate permits and exchange information with Participating Government Agencies (PGAs).
Onboarding to Single Window took effect January 1, 2019 – by this date, customs brokers were expected to have completed testing and be certified to transmit via the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). The existing Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) service options for PGAs was expected to be decommissioned by April 1, 2019, however the CBSA has announced this deadline will be extended. The new deadline has not yet been announced.
The program modernizes and aligns Canadian and U.S. import processing procedures under the Beyond the Border Action Plan.
Through Single Window, importers can submit all required documentation to the CBSA electronically, including information required by PGAs. The CBSA then transmits all applicable data elements directly to the respective PGA. Upon receipt, the PGA reviews the transmitted information and provides the release decision back to Customs, which in turn transmits this information back to the applicable filer.
With this integrated solution, importers can satisfy the regulatory import requirements of multiple government agencies by transmitting their shipment information through the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). This not only streamlines the importing process, but also eliminates redundancies and reduces clearance times.
The upcoming transition date will affect the following PGAs:
For information about the PGAs and their respective programs, click on the PGA name.
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
- Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Health Canada (HC)
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)
- Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC)
- Transport Canada (TC)
Key SWI roll-out dates
January 1, 2019: Deadline to obtain system certification for all PGAs and Account Securities.
TBD: The deadline to sunset legacy service options for Other Government Agency PARS and RMD shipments has been extended in favor of a “phased decommissioning” approach. The new date is yet to be announced, but is expected to be set for October 2019.
Livingston is SWI-ready
Livingston’s people, processes and technology are ready for SWI:
- We’ve been fully certified since November 2018.
- We’ve been participating in Single Window since October 2016, ensuring our familiarity with SWI and its requirements.
- We’ve upgraded our brokerage systems to be fully SWI-compliant.
- We’re committed to keeping clients informed of changes, as we become aware of them.
While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in the Single Window Initiative (SWI) resource pages has been obtained from reliable sources, Livingston International is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.