If you are thinking about importing products from other countries, you should know about CARM Canada. This program was designed to streamline the importation process for businesses. In order to participate in CARM, a business must register a Business Number with CBSA. The Business Number must be entered on a CARM account, and the importer must pay applicable duties, taxes, and fees to CBSA. There is also a CARM portal.
Before implementing CARM, CBSA moved its accounts receivable ledger system to SAP S4/HANA. The new system will support future IT requirements, including the new revenue management and cash management systems. The changes are minimal for external users. The Client Portal also allows clients to delegate access to customs brokers who are registered on CARM.
A major benefit of CARM is its ability to streamline the entire import process. By streamlining the process and providing a more modern interface, it increases the consistency of trade rulings and strengthens compliance verification and fraud detection. CARM also includes an online portal for Importers, which allows them to access information about their imports at any time. It is a game changer for the entire importing process and will improve efficiency, security, and transparency.
The CARM Client Portal is the core of the CARM project, and will be the main communication interface between the CBSA and trade chain partners. It will provide full visibility of import records and facilitate the submission of duty and tax payments. Importers must register on the CARM Client Portal or create a profile on the CCP. External designates can help importers with the CARM process, as well. When implemented properly, CARM will be a great benefit for the trade industry and Canadians alike.
The final CARM release will include the new electronic commercial accounting declaration form, which has been widely adopted by the Canadian Customs Service. Release 2 will also introduce the Direct Security Bond mandate, which requires importers to secure commercial imports directly and no longer rely on customs brokers and other third-party service providers.
The new CARM client portal will provide a more efficient way for businesses to manage their import and export processes. If you are interested in enhancing your CARM experience, contact the BDO Canada Customs and International Trade Services team. You can benefit from our comprehensive CARM expertise.
One of the most significant advantages of CARM is its simplicity in application. New payment options for duties and taxes, as well as new billing cycles, are included in its newly added features and functionality. In addition to this, it makes it possible for businesses to register their company numbers with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). When it is finally made available, CARM will be required of anyone and everyone who brings goods into Canada from outside the country.
This presents a significant advantage for businesses that are on the smaller side, as it allows them additional time to get ready for the transition to CARM. It is anticipated that CARM, once it is finally put into effect, will become a useful tool not only for businesses but also for regular Canadians in their everyday lives.