The implementation of the CARM system will be implemented phase by phase. Release 2 of CARM is currently scheduled for spring 2022, but will not be implemented until January 2023. This delay is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the changes needed to implement the CARM program. In the meantime, importers will be able to continue to process goods through the normal channels. But before Phase 2 is implemented, importers should get a CARM account number and register their business in the system.
CARM aims to modernize and streamline the entire process of commercial goods entering Canada. CARM is the first ‘all cloud’ environment used by the CBSA. A & A will help customers register and work within CARM. The new system includes three security questions that business account managers must answer.
When fully implemented, CARM will simplify the importation process in Canada. By eliminating paperwork, the CARM portal will allow importers to classify and pay taxes online. As a result, the import process will be paperless, and the risk of an order being held at customs will be significantly reduced. The system is currently being implemented in phases, with phase one being a trial run. Phase two will make CARM registration mandatory. Before implementing CARM, importers should get their business accounts and business numbers set up.
The CARM Client Portal is the heart of the CARM project. It will be the central communication hub between CBSA and trade chain partners. Users will be able to access their import records online, submit duty and tax payments, and view information about their shipments. This will require a direct security bond, GCKey, and sign-in partner. Those who have signed up for CARM should prepare for this change. The CARM project will be implemented gradually, and a delay is anticipated until January 2023.
Once CARM is fully implemented, CBSA will begin to update its client portal with updated functionalities. Release 2 will also introduce the new electronic commercial accounting declaration form. This new mandate will force importers to secure commercial imports directly rather than relying on customs brokers and other service providers. While there are some technical changes associated with CARM, the changes are significant. So make sure you prepare for the new system. Once you get started, you’ll be on your way to a CARM-enabled import business.
After the implementation of CARM R2, the delegation of CARM will become an important topic for importers to consider. CARM will monitor the shipment from the time it is exported until it is paid for, in contrast to the process that is currently in place. Because of this, CARM is an indispensable tool for customs brokers and importers alike.
When the new system has been completely put into place, CARM will make interacting with the CBSA much simpler and more efficient. In addition to this, CARM will be able to supply newly developed tools for the management of CBSA accounts. This includes a client self-service portal that can be accessed online, electronic declarations, and payments made online.