The CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project is a multi-year initiative intended to modernize and streamline the process of importing commercial goods into Canada.
CARM will be implemented in a series of releases.
Current release: Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL)
The Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL) was the first phase of the CARM project. For details on ARL:
- Read our post discussing its important features.
- Review the Commercial Payments and Accounts section of the CBSA’s website.
Spring 2020: Migration of ARL to CARM portal
Next spring, the existing ARL system will be migrated to a new CARM portal, housed within a cloud based environment. There should be no changes to any current functionality.
Fall 2020: New CARM functionality
This will be the first release of new functionality for the CARM system. Access to the new CARM portal will provide trade partners with new tools for managing their accounts with CBSA, including an online client self-service portal, and online invoicing and payments.
Among other features, the system will allow importers to request an advanced ruling, receive/view notifications, submit accounting declarations, and file recourse requests.
Spring 2021: Require registration and additional functionality
In 2021, all importers will be required to apply for CARM web portal access. This release will introduce additional functionality such as registration, enrolment, and electronic declarations with versioning.
Read more about the CARM project, including timelines, features, and more information.
How will CARM impact importers?
- You’ll be able to use a mobile application or the CARM commercial client portal to declare and assess the value of your goods, review your Statement of Account (SOA) and make your payments electronically. There will be no need to fill paper forms.
- You’ll be able to access and analyze your historical import data, and view and make changes to any transactions.
- Customs brokers will still have ability to file your import transactions through the existing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) process.
- Your customs broker will be able to view and manage your importer account information, and perform certain importing activities on your behalf.
- The project team is engaging Other Government Departments (OGDs) to ensure the CARM solution integrates with their systems to avoid repetitive requests and redundancy.
The CARM system is intended to make things easier for importers, but new systems can be disorienting. We can help. We’re already well versed in the ARL system and will be ready to assist once the new CARM features are released. Talk with our Customs Consulting Department to learn more.
Implementing CARM. It's what we do.
Information provided by: Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International