Navigating the Changes in Canadian Importing

Navigating the Changes in Canadian Importing

Customodal Has You Covered with CBSA’s CARM Project

The implementation of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)’s Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project signifies a fundamental shift in how duties and taxes are managed for commercial shipments into Canada. Importers must be proactive in understanding and preparing for these changes to avoid disruptions in their supply chains. Partnering with a shipping provider well-versed in CARM requirements can be invaluable in navigating the complexities of Canadian import regulations. By staying informed and proactive, businesses can ensure a smooth transition into the new era of importing into Canada.

At Customodal, we pride ourselves on keeping our clients informed and prepared for the latest developments in global trade. One such significant update that businesses importing goods into Canada need to be aware of is the CBSA CARM project. As a trusted third-party logistics provider (3PL), we’re here to guide you through these changes and ensure your importing process remains seamless and efficient.

Understanding CARM: The CBSA CARM project is poised to revolutionize the way duties and taxes are managed for commercial shipments entering Canada. Launched in 2023 and being fully implemented in 2024, CARM aims to modernize and streamline the importing process by providing importers with a user-friendly interface, self-service access to information, and improved compliance with trade rules.

Key Changes with CARM:

  1. Importer Responsibility: All commercial shipments to Canada will require the shipper to pay duties and taxes through the CARM client portal. This means importers will now be responsible for paying customs fees directly.
  2. CARM Portal: The CARM portal will be the sole route for processing these transactions, replacing the current system. This shift requires importers to register and manage their duties and taxes through the portal.
  3. Surety Bond Requirement: Customs brokers will no longer be able to release shipments on their own surety bond. Importers must secure a surety bond or cash deposit to ensure payment of duties and taxes.

Preparing for CARM: To adapt to these changes effectively, merchants importing goods into Canada must take several steps:

  • Obtain a Canadian import-export program account business number (NRI account).
  • Register for the CARM portal and purchase a D120 Customs Bond or deposit cash.
  • Pay duties and taxes on a periodic basis, with monthly payments recommended.
  • Delegate authorization for customs brokers to access CARM data, although importers must handle payment through the portal.

Addressing Common Questions:

  • Documentation Changes: Customs entries will now be filed through the CARM portal, replacing the traditional B3 form.
  • Types of Shippers Affected: CARM will impact US brands shipping to Canada, Canadian retailers, fulfillment centers, and marketplaces facilitating B2B sales.
  • Working with Canadian Brokers: Importers can delegate authority to manage entries to their customs broker, but registration with CARM is necessary.
  • Need for a Canada Tax ID: Importers must obtain a Business Number (BN) and, if applicable, an NRI BN for managing imports.

How Customodal Can Help with CARM:

As your dedicated logistics partner, Customodal is committed to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to regulatory changes like CARM. Here’s how we’re equipped to assist you in navigating through these updates:

  1. Expert Guidance: Our team of logistics experts is well-versed in the intricacies of CARM and will provide you with personalized guidance tailored to your specific importing needs.
  2. Proactive Preparation: We understand the importance of being proactive in preparing for regulatory changes. That’s why we’ll work closely with you to ensure you’re ready for the transition to CARM well in advance of the deadline.
  3. Streamlined Processes: With our state-of-the-art technology and streamlined processes, we’ll help you seamlessly integrate with the CARM portal, ensuring a smooth transition and minimal disruption to your importing operations.
  4. Comprehensive Support: From obtaining the necessary business numbers and registering for the CARM portal to securing surety bonds and managing duties and taxes, Customodal will provide comprehensive support every step of the way.
  5. Responsive Communication: At Customodal, communication is key. We’ll keep you informed of any updates or changes related to CARM and remain readily available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Why Choose Customodal: With Customodal by your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that your importing process is in capable hands. We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Whether you’re a seasoned importer or new to the process, you can trust Customodal to navigate you through the complexities of Canadian importing with ease.

As the implementation of CBSA’s CARM project draws nearer, it’s essential to partner with a logistics provider who understands the ins and outs of these regulatory changes. At Customodal, we’re dedicated to providing you with the support, expertise, and resources you need to navigate through this transition seamlessly. Trust Customodal to keep your importing process running smoothly and efficiently, so you can focus on growing your business with confidence.

Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you prepare for the changes ahead: