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).
The CBSA has extended the deadline to onboard to Single Window to January 1, 2019 – customs brokers are expected to have completed testing and be certified to transmit via the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) by this date. The existing Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) service options for PGAs will be decommissioned by April 1, 2019.
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:
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Transport Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
Key SWI roll-out dates
Livingston is SWI-ready
Livingston’s people, processes and technology are ready for SWI:
- 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.