The CBSA has announced that the commercial trade will soon be able to submit and view their import and export declarations electronically through the CARM Client Portal. This new tool will allow trade partners to view their full import records and submit duty and tax payments electronically.
In addition, all of the trade community will have access to the CARM Client Portal, including direct security bonds and electronic declarations with versioning. This is an exciting step forward for trade and business alike, but it will not be a smooth transition.
The CARM Canada website explains the new system in a short animation. Before you can sign into the CARM Client Portal, you must register with the agency. After you register, you will have two choices: GCKey or fifteen partnered financial institutions. The CBSA also provides a link to the CARM Client Portal. This means that all businesses that import or export goods into Canada must sign up for the system. It’s important to note that the CARM Client Portal is mandatory.
Once you have registered with CBSA, you will be able to use the CARM Portal to pay your duties and taxes electronically. You’ll be able to set up new billing cycles and payment options and register your CBSA business number through CCP. You will need to sign up for CARM when you first import or export products. But what should you do now? If you don’t have an account with the portal, now is the time to start planning. Once you’re registered, you can access the portal and begin your import/export process.
CARM is an initiative that has been undergoing implementation in the Canadian government. Its primary goal is to streamline the import process for companies. The project will implement two phases – phase one went into effect on May 25, 2021, and phase two will begin on May 20, 2022. The first phase of CARM will include the launch of a new online portal called the CARM Client Portal, which will give importers access to Canada border services 24 hours a day.
The CARM Client Portal allows importers, brokers, and trade consultants to access their accounts online. Users can review transactions and statements of account, request rulings, and even pay their invoices electronically. The new CARM Client Portal also provides a link to secure information such as your business’s GCKey. In addition to a secure online account, CARM clients will also benefit from a CARM client portal that includes customizable login options.
The CPP will be implemented in the final CARM release, and the CARM Client Portal will have additional functionalities added to it. Additionally, the new electronic commercial accounting declaration form will be presented in Release 2 of the software (ECAD). When this regulation enters into force, the Direct Security Bond mandate will become operational.
This indicates that importers will need to be directly responsible for securing commercial imports rather than relying on customs brokers and other service providers to perform this task on their behalf. Before the CARM regulation can go into effect, there are, however, a few significant changes that need to be considered.