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CARM Updates: February 2021

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Feb 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

The CARM (CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management) system represents a major shift for Canadian importers. To review what CARM is and how it will impact you, please read our blog posts and dedicated web pages.

We’ve received some updated information we’d like to share with you.

We’ve confirmed that Release 0 has been completed. This release represented no change in importer workflows, but was the backend transfer of the ARL (Accounts Receivable Ledger) to CBSA’s new cloud-based CARM platform. Read more about Release 0 here.

This transfer is complete and now the focus shifts to Release 1.

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Release 1—the launch of the online CARM Client Portal (CCP)—is on schedule for activation in late May or early June 2021.

Once the portal is live, CBSA clients will have the ability to create a user account and set up their business on the CCP.

  • You will be able to view and manage your duties and tax accounts with CBSA, post and monitor security to participate in the Release Prior to Payment (RPP) program as an importer and make electronic payments to CBSA.
  • Additional features will allow you to classify goods, estimate duties and/or taxes, and file or monitor advanced ruling requests.

Setup of your account will require you to delegate access to your customs broker and other service providers based on how you wish them to conduct business on your behalf.

Release 2 (Spring 2022)

Release 2 is more than a year away, but will bring changes including:

  • A new electronic form called the Commercial Accounting Declaration (CAD), which  will replace the current B3 (customs coding form) and B2 (adjustment request), and related processes.
  • Importers will be required to post financial security directly on their accounts to take advantage of Release Prior to Payment (RPP) privileges, as brokers will no longer be able to secure client accounts with their security. To facilitate this, various options will be available including posting a cash or electronic bond.
  • In May/June 2022, new billing cycles will be introduced to harmonize payment due dates for all
  • The ability to create and submit blanket adjustment requests, provide access to a variety of reporting and will incorporate a management dashboard that will display your import statistics and trend information.

There are also EDI changes coming. If you are an electronic data interchange client, changes to your systems will be required. The updated Electronic Commercial Client Requirement Document is available here.

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While you wait for the CCP to go live this spring, here are some next steps you can take to ensure that you’re ready for CARM:

  • Confirm internally who will control and manage your CCP access
  • Determine who you’ll delegate authority to, internally to your staff and externally to service providers
  • Verify online banking requirements and processes for paying your accounts directly when CARM goes live
  • Determine when to get your customs bond and speak with your broker about bond amounts required.

We’re committed to ensuring the transition to CARM is as smooth as possible—and that CARM works well for importers. Companies like Cole are still actively pushing the government for improvements on some of the CARM processes before its final implementation (approx. June 2022).

Please stand by for further details and reach out to your Customs Broker to make sure you are prepared for the transition. 

Contact our CARM Support Team today!

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