On April 1, 2018, the Single Window Initiative (SWI), a new Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) program, goes into effect. This program will modernize and align Canadian and U.S. import processing procedures under the Beyond the Border Action Plan, a joint initiative of the U.S. and Canada. Through the SWI, traders are able to provide all required import information – including information required by a Participating Government Agency (PGA) electronically to the CBSA. In turn, the CBSA transmits any applicable data elements directly to the participating PGA(s) for their review. The applicable PGA(s) review the transmitted information and provide release, or hold, instructions back to the CBSA. The CBSA then transmits this information back to the filer.
This integrated solution provides the trade community with a single electronic transmission of shipment information to satisfy the regulatory import requirements of multiple government agencies. This streamlines the importing process, eliminates redundancies and ideally reduces clearance times for shipments requiring formal entries.
To fully benefit from the SWI, importers must ensure that all required licenses and/or permits are provided with their shipment documentation and keep themselves apprised of the latest information and updates via the CBSA’s SWI website.
Participating Government Agencies
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
- Health Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Transport Canada
To see a detailed listing of the participating government agencies go to Customs Notice 17-09.
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