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SWI: Better Identify Goods Regulated by PGAs

Posted February 17, 2020

What's New with CBSA's SWI?

Trade Chain Partners (i.e., importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, trucking companies, airlines, shipping vessels, warehouse facilities, etc.,) can now use CBSA's Single-Window Initiative’s Integrated Import Declaration (SW IID) and its Regulated Commodities Data Element Matching Criteria to identify goods regulated by a given Participating Government Department or Agency (PGA) program.

  • The data matching tables are to be used in conjunction with SWI IID Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document in order to ensure that all of the mandatory commodity importation data and image requirements are captured.

Why the Change to SWI?

The CBSA’s SWI is a direct response to calls from the business community to simplify how goods are cleared at the border and integrate government requirements into one process. Ongoing improvements to the system — such as greater transparency in the validation of data against the mandatory, conditional or optional information called for by regulating PGAs — aim to streamline operations while improving compliance.


The CBSA notes that not all PGA Programs make use of HS codes as a means to identify whether a commodity that is regulated by that program. Therefore, the Data Element Matching Criteria may also contain other commodity codes such as Intended Use codes, Canadian Product Codes, provision of a Licence Permit Certificate or Other, etc.

Need More Information?

An excel document containing the Regulated Commodities Data Element Matching Criteria Tables can be found here.

Additional information concerning the SWI program or about this update in particular may be obtained from CSCB Client Services or by contacting the trade experts at GHY.

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