Customs Self-Assessment Program Now Open to Non-Resident Importers
Canada and the United States are delivering on key Beyond the Border Action Plan commitments related to their joint Trusted Trader programs, according to a statement released yesterday by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Trusted traders importing goods into Canada can now apply for additional benefits under the “platinum” version of the Customs Self-Assessment program. CSA-Platinum is available to CSA importers who voluntarily demonstrate that their business systems, internal controls and self-testing processes are effective and reliable at ensuring trade compliance.
The CSA program offers low-risk, pre-approved companies streamlined clearance of eligible goods when using a CSA authorized importer, a CSA authorized carrier and an approved commercial driver. Currently, there are 95 members in the CSA importer program that account for US $89.3 billion in annual trade.
The new CSA-Platinum benefit aims to assist CSA importers attain the highest rate of compliance with the CBSA’s trade programs since importers will be directly responsible for verification and testing of their trade program compliance. By doing so, Platinum members are subject to reduced trade compliance verifications by the CBSA, allowing the Agency to invest resources in areas of higher or unknown risk.
Non-resident importers in the U.S. will also now be eligible to apply to the CSA importer program. Previously, only importers residing in Canada or, in the case of corporations who had their head office in Canada or operated a branch office in Canada, were eligible to participate in the CSA program.
Additionally, the CBSA has launched a new online Trusted Trader Portal that enables companies to apply for membership in the Partners in Protection (PIP) program, and allows existing members to maintain their Trusted Trader membership.
The portal will serve as the foundation for future phases of Trusted Trader enhancements, including the streamlined exchange of program information between the Trusted Trader and the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) portals.