ANNOUNCEMENT 30 Apr 2015In April 2015, the government of Canada announced a change in import formalities.
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On April 30, 2015 the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 15-014 concerning the implementation of the Single Window Initiative (SWI). This initiative may facilitate imports that are conducted on behalf of certain government agencies.
The notice concerns new procedures that entered into effect on March 29, 2015, when the CBSA launched a new electronic interim accounting release service option, providing clients with an alternative to CBSA's existing Pre-Arrival Review System and Release on Minimum Documentation release processes.
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.
The following programs are available for 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