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Canada Border Services Agency Delays CARM Implementation

Tax Development Apr 30, 2024

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that full implementation of the second phase of its long-awaited CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project will be delayed until October 2024. 

CARM is a digital initiative to modernize and streamline the accounting process for commercial imports into Canada, promoting improved compliance with customs regulations and providing importers with self-service access to various services through an online electronic platform.

CARM will launch internally at the CBSA as planned on May 13. However, in anticipation of a possible job action by the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its potential impact on CBSA operations, implementation of the second phase of CARM will be further delayed for trade chain partners. The launch of CARM Release 2 was previously deferred from last October until this May, ostensibly to allow importers sufficient time to set up online access and update and test their import reporting systems.  The first phase of the project was launched almost three years ago. 

The latest delay should provide importers and other trade partners more time to prepare for the upcoming change and ensure that the CBSA can fully support users once the second phase is fully implemented. 

Additional information about the CBSA’s plans can be found on the Government of Canada website here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the CARM project and how these changes might impact your business, please contact Ryan’s Customs Duty team.

Maureen Gilfoy
Director, Customs Duty

Sebastian Drozdziewicz, CCS
Senior Manager, Customs Duty

Please reach out to our team via the Ryan Contact Us page (Topic = Customs Duty)