Implementation of the Single Window Initiative
Customs Notice 15-014

Ottawa, April 30, 2015

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1. This notice provides information for commercial importers, custom brokers and software/service providers about the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Single Window Initiative (SWI).

2. On March 29, 2015, the CBSA launched a new electronic interim accounting release service option, providing clients with an alternative to CBSA’s existing Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) release processes.

3. The new Integrated Import Declaration (IID) release service option further expands the ability for importers/brokers to submit and obtain electronic release for goods regulated by Participating Government Departments and Agencies (PGAs):

4. The following PGA programs are available for the IID. For changes to a specific PGA program, refer to the PGA’s website:

5. PGA Licenses, Permits, Certificates and Other (LPCO) information can be provided on an IID, and validated by PGAs, prior to arrival of the goods.

6. The SWI IID Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD) provides technical and system requirements information. Appendix B of the ECCRD includes a list of required data elements and related images for PGA programs.

7. To transmit the IID, importers, customs brokers and service providers must register with the CBSA; including those currently providing release information electronically via PARS, Other Government Department (OGD PARS) and RMD.

8. Applicable D-memoranda in the D19 series, Acts and Regulations of OGDs, are being revised to reflect process changes for the respective PGA program.

9. Applicable D-memoranda in the D17 series, Account and Release Procedures, are being revised to include the IID as an alternative to the PARS or RMD processes for the release of goods.

10. For information about the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) registration/certification process and to request a copy of SWI IID ECCRD and the DIF PRD, contact the CBSA’s Technical Commercial Client Unit by e-mail

11. For information about the SWI, contact the CBSA by e-mail

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