The CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project will modernize and transform the collection of tax and duty for goods imported into Canada.
Through CARM, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will introduce a new suite of online tools to help streamline the process of importing commercial goods into Canada. Once fully implemented, CARM will automate business processes and offer online self-service tools to help the trade community do business in Canada.
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The full program has not yet been completed; features may be subject to some modification before the full program launches. Visit the CBSA site regularly for ongoing updates.
CARM Release 1 - May 25, 2021: will introduce the new CARM Client Portal (CCP). The Portal will allow users (importers, customs brokers and trade consultants) to create, view, and manage their accounts, make payments, delegate access to customs brokers online and become familiar with CARM self-serve options.
All importers are encouraged to register for the portal early on as ALL importers and brokers will be required to have a portal connection in order to transact business with CBSA. Importers must delegate their customs broker(s) as part of the registration process in order for CBSA to allow the broker to release and account for the importer’s goods.
CARM Release 2 - Spring 2022 - will mandate that all importers be enrolled on the Portal as of the start of this phase or risk having their shipments held at the border. Changes to the Release Prior to Payment Program will be introduced whereby importers interested in participating in the program will be asked to post financial security directly, with various online options. Importers will be required to make payment for duties and taxes directly to the CBSA. CBSA will also introduce a new electronic commercial accounting declaration (CAD) that will replace the current customs coding form (B3) and request for adjustment form (B2). As well, new features for payment and billing processes will make it easier to make corrections and adjustments.
FEATURES OF THE CARM CLIENT PORTAL
All importers will need to register for Portal access once it is released on May 25, 2021. Please note that registration is mandatory and must be completed by Release 2. Failure to register will prevent customs release of your goods at the border in 2022.
Functions of the CCP include:
Release prior to payment (RPP) bond
Customs Accounting Declaration (CAD)
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