Aimed at modernizing customs processes for importers, the Single Window Initiative, or SWI, simplifies and streamlines the Canadian government’s process for collecting information on imports.
For many types of goods entering Canada, importers were once required to submit information about their shipments to multiple government agencies. SWI eliminates duplication and saves time by allowing importers to provide all required information on imported goods in a single submission to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).
CBSA shares this information with the appropriate Participating Government Agencies (PGAs), which in turn assess the information and provide any border-related decisions.
Although SWI will, in some cases, require more information than before, the trade community will benefit from the alignment of Canadian and U.S. customs processes, removal of non-compliant commodities from the marketplace and a simplified submission for imports.
Along with the CBSA, the participating PGAs include:
- Global Affairs Canada
- Health Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Transport Canada
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
SWI implementation dateCBSA and the trade community have been preparing for SWI over the past three years with the goal of full functionality on April 1, 2018. However, CBSA recently revised the implementation date to January 1, 2019.
Three months later – on April 1, 2019 – the existing “other government department” (OGD) service options (PARS and RMD) will be retired.
WE can helpAs an importer adjusting to SWI’s requirements and the new flow of information, you may have questions about how it works and what’s required for your business. Our customs professionals are available to help you understand SWI and take full advantage of the efficiencies it offers.
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