Prepare for CARM today if your business imports into Canada Feb 15, 2024

What is CARM?

The new way to assess and pay duties and taxes on imported commercial goods.
The Government of Canada is modernizing and streamlining the collection of duties and taxes for goods imported into Canada. On May 13, 2024, CARM become the official system of record that importers and other trade chain partners must use to pay duties and taxes.

If you are an importer, you need to register and prepare to account for imported commercial goods through CARM in advance of May 2024.

Will CARM affect you?

CARM is applicable to any business owner or organization that:
– imports commercial goods as seldom as once a year;
– uses a customs broker to import commercial goods;
– imports commercial goods through a courier;
– import goods that will later be sold; and/or
– imports goods for any commercial, industrial, occupational, institutional or other like use.

Determine if CARM applies to your business

*Goods include anything that your business uses to make other goods for sale, operating your business (laptops for employees, samples, etc.) or re-selling for profit.

How can your business prepare?

To prevent potential delays in your commercial shipment in the future, your organization must register on the CARM Client Portal (CCP) in advance of May 2024. This applies even if you use a customs broker.

Registering is easy. Simply visit the CARM Client Portal and select ‘Log into the CARM Client Portal’. Once registered, you will be able to use the current portal functionality and enjoy additional functionality come May 2024.

If you use a broker or a third-party service provider, delegate authority to them in the portal and contact them to discuss how to prepare your organization for the upcoming changes together.

Learn how registering now will allow you to benefit from the Release Prior to Payment transition period.

Learning resources

Need more information?

Stay up-to-date by emailing the CARM Engagement Team and ask to be added to the CARM distribution list.

If you need assistance, contact the CARM Client Support Help desk support via their online contact form or by calling 1-800-461-9999, select option 2.

Source: Canada Border Services Agency

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