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CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)

CARM is a multi-year initiative that will transform the collection of duties and taxes for goods imported into Canada. The below provides an overview of CARM's basic features, what it means to importers, and what next steps importers will need to take. For further information please click the CARM FAQ button below or email us at: carm@bzeebrokerage.com

Basic Features of CARM

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

All importers will be required to manage access to their profile in the secure CARM Client Portal (CCP) site by delegating authority to their employees & their customs broker, to allow them to manage specific tasks within the portal.

CUSTOMS PAYMENTS

  • Once CARM is fully implemented, importers will be responsible for making payments of duties and taxes directly to CBSA.

  • Payments will be facilitated via electronic funds transfer (EFT), electronic data interchange (EDI) payment, credit card, online debit, or pre-authorized debit (PAD). CBSA will be phasing out payment by cash or cheque.

RELEASE PRIOR TO PAYMENT

  • The new program will require all importers to attain a surety bond to guarantee the payment of all duties and taxes before goods will be released from Customs control. Rest assured, B. Zee Brokerage will assist each of our importer clients in attaining their required surety bonds.

  • Importers, along with their broker, will need to monitor their financial security requirements for their bond through the CARM Client Portal (CCP) and proactively increase bond levels as required to meet their ongoing import needs.

  • CBSA has advised that the system will also prompt importers as their levels approach the maximum limit of the current bond.

CORRECTIONS

  • The CARM Client Portal (CCP) will allow customs brokers and importers to file corrections to almost any field within their customs entry, without penalty or interest, up until the payment due date.

MASS CLAIMS

  • The new CARM Client Portal (CPP) will give customs brokers the ability to prepare and electronically submit mass adjustments.

CUSTOMS RULINGS

  • Customs Brokers and importers are able to file requests for customs rulings directly with CBSA via the CARM Client Portal.

DUTY AND TAX CALCULATOR

  • The CARM Client Portal (CCP) incorporates a self-help tool to assist importers with identifying the associated duties and taxes payable based on a 10-digit Harmonized System Tariff (HS) code for their product.

  • It is important to note that the HS tariff provided by the CBSA CCP portal will not be considered binding on CBSA, unless the importer files for a Customs ruling on the product.

What CARM Means To Importers

The CARM initiative presents significant changes for businesses importing commercial goods into Canada. Most notably, it will transform the collection of duties and taxes.

Your customs broker will continue to arrange customs releases on your behalf - that process will not change. However, importers will now be required to post their own financial security in the form of a surety bond or cash bond with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and be responsible for paying duties and taxes directly to the CBSA.

Rest assured, B. Zee Brokerage will assist each of our importer clients in attaining their customs surety bonds. We will walk you through the process and make what may seem like a challenge, a very simple process for you.

Importers will be able to make payment for their applicable duties and taxes through the CARM Client Portal.

I'm An Importer, What Are My Next Steps?

STEP 1

Register on the CARM Client Portal.

CLICK HERE for our step-by-step instructions on how to register.

CLICK HERE for a checklist of information you will need to have handy while registering your business on the CARM Client Portal.

STEP 2

Delegate Authority to B. Zee Brokerage, your customs broker, for visibility and future Commercial and Accounting Declaration submission.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you grant B. Zee Brokerage 'Business Account Manager' (BAM) level of access, in order for us to continue to work with CBSA on your behalf, as we do today.

CLICK HERE for additional Delegation of Authority information.

STEP 3

Obtain a Customs Surety Bond.

Importers will require their own surety bond as part of the Release 2 phase of CARM (tentatively scheduled for late 2022 or early 2023 - CBSA has yet to release an exact date). The surety bond is needed to cover the duties, taxes, and fees owing on goods imported into Canada. Currently, most importers are covered under their customs broker's bond, however, the model will be changing in Release 2 to importers requiring their own bonds.  

B. Zee Brokerage will make this an easy process for our importer clients. We will assist in attaining the surety bond. To start the process, please contact us at CARM@bzeebrokerage.com.

CARM FAQ

What is the purpose of the CARM Client Portal? 

The CARM Client Portal provides trade chain partners the ability to view information about their accounts, make payments, and view the history of declarations. It is intended to replace paper and manual processes and to provide more transparency to trade chain partners. 

Will it be mandatory to create an account in the CARM Client Portal? 

All clients that conduct commercial business with the CBSA (including importers) will be required to create an account in the CARM Client Portal.

 

When will l be able to create an account and register my business in the CARM Client Portal?

The CARM Client Portal is now open and we strongly encourage all clients to register on the portal now.

Who should be assigned as the Business Account Manager (BAM) for my business? 

Business Account Managers should be an active operational user, and not necessarily limited to the owner of the company. Furthermore, it is strongly encouraged to assign multiple Business Account Managers.

 

Can I have more than one Business Account Manager (BAM) for my business?

Yes, you can have as many BAMs as you would like. In fact we suggest having at least 2 so that if one were to be away on vacation or leave your company etc, the other (or multiple others) will be able to continue to monitor your account with full access and visibility privileges. 

 

Can I control the type of access and/or visibility that a user has to my CARM Client Portal business account? 

You will be able to manage access to your portal account by assigning specific roles to specific users, with the additional ability to set visibility rules.

Will I need to Delegate Authority within the CARM Client Portal to my Customs Broker?

In order for your customs broker to properly and fully service your import needs, you will need to delegate authority to your customs broker. We strongly suggest you grant your customs broker Business Account Manager (BAM) level of access in order for your broker to have visibility to your import history and have the ability to fully service your needs as an importer.

By what date will I need to attain my financial security (customs surety bond)?

The 'Release 2' phase of the CARM initiative is when importers will need to have their own financial security bond (customs surety bond) in place. Although CBSA has yet to confirm an exact date, they are currently advising that it will be sometime in late 2022 or into early 2023. B. Zee Brokerage will continue to stay up to date on all new developments related to CARM and will assist in attaining a customs bond for all of our importer clients.

Will B. Zee Brokerage attain a financial security bond (customs surety bond) for me?

Yes, we will assist in attaining the bond for you. Please contact us by emailing us at CARM@bzeebrokerage.com when you are ready and we will begin that process for you.

How will CBSA's billing cycles work under Release 2?

CLICK HERE for documentation that demonstrates the applicable billing cycles as of Release 2.

 

 

Will there be a minimum Financial Security Bond amount?

Yes, it is $25,000. Please CLICK HERE for more information regarding Financial Security in Release 2.

Under CARM, is it an option to provide no financial security if an importer has no history of non-compliance? 

All Importers will be required to provide security as a requirement for participation in the Release Prior to Payment program as of CARM’s Release 2.

 

Can a security bond cover multiple divisions within the same company? 

Each legal entity will require a bond. If a company has multiple program (RM) accounts, the company can obtain a bond at the entity level (BN9) to cover all RM accounts. If a company has subsidiaries (each with a unique BN), multiple bonds will be required.

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Basic Features of CARM

CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is a multi-year initiative that will transform the collection of duties and taxes for goods imported into Canada. Through CARM, the CBSA will modernize the process of importing commercial goods.

What CARM Means To Importers

Under CARM, importers will be responsible for paying CBSA directly for duties and taxes.

I'm An Importer, What Are My Next Steps?

Click Learn More below and follows the steps provided by B. Zee Brokerage.

CARM FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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