The benefits of CARM are numerous. It streamlines the importing process, provides a more modern interface, and strengthens fraud detection and compliance verification. It gives importers self-service access to importer information, and shifts liability from the Customs Broker to the Importer.
The implementation of CARM represents a major shift in the way Canada handles importing and exporting. It is also a welcome step in the evolution of border services.
In order to comply with CARM, all importers must register their accounts on the CARM Client Portal. Once registered, importers can begin the process of import clearance. Universal Logistics is an example of a company that can streamline the import clearance process.
By registering in CARM, importers will be able to streamline the entire process from start to finish. Once registered, importers will receive notifications regarding the CARM registration process. This allows them to prepare for future changes, such as new security measures.
Changes to the system include the removal of outdated B3 and B2 forms. The CBSA will also implement a new electronic commercial accounting declaration form. Another change is the Direct Security Bond mandate. Importers will be required to secure commercial imports directly and will no longer be able to rely on customs brokers or other service providers to secure their shipments. Currently, the CBSA is implementing a comprehensive set of new measures to ensure compliance with CARM.
The CARM Client Portal will require individual user accounts and require GCKey or Sign-on Partner. The project is intended to streamline business processes between CBSA and importers, while improving customer service and customer experience.
This is a huge step forward for the trade community, as it will significantly enhance service delivery and reduce administrative burdens.
In addition, CARM Canada necessitates that importers acquire commercial account declarations (CARDs), which are meant to take the place of the B3 form. Additionally, businesses will be required to acquire a Business Number as well as an Import Program Account Extension.
These registrations are required to be obtained by importers, and failure to comply with the requirements of CARM could result in a ban on imports. Importers are required to obtain these registrations. Before beginning the process, businesses need to give careful consideration to all of the CARM requirements, which come in a variety of flavours. Importers who are residents of Canada as well as those who are not in Canada will be impacted by these changes.
In addition, importers have access to the CARM Client Portal, where they can examine the RPP standards to ensure compliance with the regulations. Features included in CARM Release 1 have restricted capabilities, but it is anticipated that they will be fully operational by Release 2. Importers will be able to make use of the RPP privilege once they have been registered, which will enable them to release shipments before payment has been made.
Importers can also use the CARM Chatbot to onboard users after they have successfully registered. Businesses are required to appoint a Business Account Manager, who will be in charge of managing the CARM Client Portal on a day-to-day basis.