What is the Single Window Initiative (SWI)?
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is working with Participating Government Agencies (PGAs), including Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), to deliver an integrated electronic solution for the collection, consolidation and dissemination of commercial trade data. The initiative will provide trade with a single entry point for the advanced electronic reporting of import information required to satisfy CBSA and PGAs regulatory requirements.
Why is the government implementing the Single Window Initiative?
The SWI will significantly reduce the paper burden on the import community by providing importers with a means through which they can provide all of the required import information once, electronically, to the CBSA. The CBSA will then transmit this information to the appropriate PGA responsible for regulating the goods. This kind of common sense approach will make the import process easier for business and ensure a consistent delivery of border programs across the government.
What are the timelines?
As of December 2013, the CBSA began receiving and storing the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) from, and sharing relevant data with, the following participating government departments and agencies in a test environment: Health Canada (HC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Transport Canada (TC), and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). In March 2015, the CBSA will be prepared to use the IID as an electronic importation reporting tool between all nine participating government departments and agencies and the trade community for regulated commercial imports.
Which NRCan programs are impacted?
What if I don’t use a broker?
For small and medium businesses that do not use brokers and therefore will not be submitting an IID, the use of paper-based processes at the border will be supported. In the future (target date 2016) the CBSA ePortal will be available for importers without brokers to submit the IID.
What are the next steps?
From December 2014 to March 2015, the CBSA and PGAs will continue to support the trade community in its transition to the full implementation of the IID. Leading up to the SWI implementation date of March 15 2015, key activities such as outreach and promotion of SWI, as well as testing/certification of importers/brokers for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) processing (beginning in July 2014), will be executed to support implementation for trade:
For additional information, please visit the Single Window Initiative page.