Update to the Implementation of the Single Window Initiative

Customs Notice 15-034


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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. As of November 2, 2015, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is available for the Integrated Import Declaration (IID).

3. The CFIA joins the following Participating Government Departments and Agencies (PGAs) and PGA programs that are already live with the IID:

  • (a) Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
    • – Import Controls of Agricultural, Steel, and Textiles and Clothing Products
  • (b) Health Canada
    • – Importation of Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Radiation Emitting Devices and Pest Control Products
    • – Importation of Human Drugs, Natural Health Products, and Medical Devices Regulated by the Food and Drugs Act
    • – Importation of Controlled Substances and Precursors
  • (c) Natural Resources Canada
    • – Importation of Energy-using Products
    • – Kimberley Process – Import of Rough Diamonds
  • (d) Public Health Agency of Canada
    • – Importation of Human and Terrestrial Animal Pathogens and Biological Toxins
  • (e) Transport Canada
    • – Importation of Vehicles except the Appendix F Process
  • (f) Environment Canada
    • – Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials.

4. The SWI provides clients with an alternative to CBSA's existing Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) release processes.

5. The new IID release service option further expands the ability for importers/brokers to submit and obtain electronic release for goods regulated by PGAs.

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

7. LPCO information that cannot be dematerialized into IID fields may be submitted as digital images via a parallel transmission channel called the Document Image Functionality (DIF).

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

9. 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.

10. To request a copy of SWI IID ECCRD and the DIF PRD, contact the CBSA's Technical Commercial Client Unit by e-mail tccu-ustcc@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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

12. For information about the SWI, contact the CBSA by e-mail swi-igu@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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