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Single Window Initiative

New Electronic Licence Management System!

The Explosives, Regulatory and Business Services Branch of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to announce a new online electronic Licence Management System (eLMS) for managing your explosives licensing needs.

New for Import Permits!

Through the Single Window Initiative (SWI), traders are able to provide all required import information electronically to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). In turn, the CBSA transmits the information to the appropriate department or agency responsible for regulating the goods. These departments and agencies assess the information and provide any border-related decisions required. This process streamlines and simplifies the import process and significantly reduces the paper burden on the business community.

The SWI reflects a commitment made by Canada and the United States (U.S.) under the Beyond the Border Action Plan to reduce the administrative burden on industry. The data requirements for the SWI in Canada is aligned to the greatest extent possible with those of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the World Customs Organization Data Model. The U.S. CBP single window is referred to as the International Trade Data System. For details on the data elements refer to the program specific appendix in the CBSA published SWI Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD).

NEW! Single Window and the Explosives Program

The Single Window Initiative (SWI) replaces the tools and processes used today to transfer data from border crossing activity to NRCan for the Explosives Program.   Data and business rules are sent to CBSA with validated post-arrival data sent back for the program to process in our electronic Licence Management System (eLMS). The development of this new business model and associated automation was undertaken to enhance and improve the quality of import permit licensing services delivered to our stakeholders. 

Importers or persons acting on their behalf (brokers) are able to submit, to the CBSA, the information identified by NRCan to support compliance with explosives regulatory requirements. The information is to be submitted pre-arrival via the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). The IID submission can be done up to 90 days in advance and the Trade Chain Partner is able to receive recommended border decisions up to 90 days in advance.

Brokers can see latest information about the SWI on CBSA’s webpage.

Changes Affecting Explosives Importation

Currently, 50% of Explosives importers use Brokers and they constitute up to 90% of the Explosives quantity imports. For the IID submission as per the Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document (ECCRD), Trade Chain Partners (TCPs) can now get pre-arrival border recommendations up to 90 days in advance. For those importers not using brokers, the paper process at the border will continue to be supported. The paper process is expected to take longer at the border than pre-arrival IID submission with a Recommended Release decision. For import transactions using the IID, the importer will not have to submit the Import Report as NRCan receives the information directly from CBSA. For paper permit import transactions, the import report must be submitted as per the Explosives Regulations, 2013.

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