Understanding SWI

Understanding SWI

CBSA SWI IID OGD PGA PARS LPCO

Computer coding run amok? No, just some of the latest acronyms brought to you by your federal government!

A quick refresher –

  • CBSA: Canada Border Services Agency
  • SWI: Single Window Initiative
  • IID: Integrated Import Declaration
  • OGD: Other Government Departments
  • PGA: Participating Government Agencies
  • PARS: Pre Arrival Review System
  • LPCO: Licences, Permits, Certificates, Other

A brief announcement in plain speak...

The CBSA has introduced and implemented the SWI/IID initiative as the latest and most technologically advanced way of conducting business with importers and customs brokers. The idea is to combine an importer’s normal import declaration with the requirements of many other federal government agencies and departments, thus the reference to “single window”. In terms of logistics, this is an excellent strategy. Practically however, it means yet another change, another learning curve for importers of regulated goods, as well as their supply chain partners. Nevertheless, J.B. Ellis embraces new initiatives, and by adopting the latest import and export programs available, we are able to continually provide our clients with unmatched levels of service – now, and in the future.

Some additional detail for those that are keen…

Typically, a standard import declaration encompasses the identification of goods, HS classification, origin, value, and duty and tax owing. However, certain regulated goods require more information. In the past, depending on the nature of these regulated goods, the OGD requirement would be fulfilled through some other means, but not tied directly to the Customs release and accounting. Under the new SWI/IID initiative, the various requirements are all satisfied at the same time, and in a single transaction. In other words, SWI accommodates the CBSA requirements, as well as those of various other PGAs.

PGAs are actually a subset of OGDs. There are many “other government departments”, but only some are “participating” in the SWI/IID initiative thus far. It is anticipated that others will join moving forward.

Current PGAs include:

So, what does this all mean?

For our clients, this means if you are importing one or more regulated commodities, you will likely have to provide additional data, or LPCO, sooner in the process than you would have previously. Depending on your supply chain circumstances, the gathering and providing of this supplementary information, prior to Customs' release of your goods, may prove to be challenging.

For J.B. Ellis, it means we will be responsible for collecting and providing the supplementary data elements and LCPO prior to the Customs release. In effect, not only will we be obtaining the CBSA release of your goods, but also the compliance and release from the various other PGAs.

You may wish to refer to the CBSA website for further SWI/IID information. For a searchable list of HS tariff classification by PGA, visit the Regulated Commodities Data Element Matching Criteria Tables page.

Should any additional information be required, please contact us.

CBSA SWI IID OGD PGA PARS LPCO

Computer coding run amok? No, just some of the latest acronyms brought to you by your federal government!

A quick refresher –

  • CBSA: Canada Border Services Agency
  • SWI: Single Window Initiative
  • IID: Integrated Import Declaration
  • OGD: Other Government Departments
  • PGA: Participating Government Agencies
  • PARS: Pre Arrival Review System
  • LPCO: Licences, Permits, Certificates, Other

A brief announcement in plain speak...

The CBSA has introduced and implemented the SWI/IID initiative as the latest and most technologically advanced way of conducting business with importers and customs brokers. The idea is to combine an importer’s normal import declaration with the requirements of many other federal government agencies and departments, thus the reference to “single window”. In terms of logistics, this is an excellent strategy. Practically however, it means yet another change, another learning curve for importers of regulated goods, as well as their supply chain partners. Nevertheless, J.B. Ellis embraces new initiatives, and by adopting the latest import and export programs available, we are able to continually provide our clients with unmatched levels of service – now, and in the future.

Some additional detail for those that are keen...

Typically, a standard import declaration encompasses the identification of goods, HS classification, origin, value, and duty and tax owing. However, certain regulated goods require more information. In the past, depending on the nature of these regulated goods, the OGD requirement would be fulfilled through some other means, but not tied directly to the Customs release and accounting. Under the new SWI/IID initiative, the various requirements are all satisfied at the same time, and in a single transaction. In other words, SWI accommodates the CBSA requirements, as well as those of various other PGAs.

PGAs are actually a subset of OGDs. There are many “other government departments”, but only some are “participating” in the SWI/IID initiative thus far. It is anticipated that others will join moving forward.

Current PGAs include:

So, what does this all mean?

For our clients, this means if you are importing one or more regulated commodities, you will likely have to provide additional data, or LPCO, sooner in the process than you would have previously. Depending on your supply chain circumstances, the gathering and providing of this supplementary information, prior to Customs' release of your goods, may prove to be challenging.

For J.B. Ellis, it means we will be responsible for collecting and providing the supplementary data elements and LCPO prior to the Customs release. In effect, not only will we be obtaining the CBSA release of your goods, but also the compliance and release from the various other PGAs.

You may wish to refer to the CBSA website for further SWI/IID information. For a searchable list of HS tariff classification by PGA, visit the Regulated Commodities Data Element Matching Criteria Tables page.

Should any additional information be required, please contact us.

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