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Integrated Import Declaration Option for Electronic Release of Goods Launched

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has issued Customs Notice 15-014 providing information concerning the recently launched Integrated Import Declaration (IID) release service option. The new integrated declaration is part of the CBSA’s “Single Window Imitative” that aims to increase the efficiency of the border process by enabling importers and customs brokers to submit and obtain electronic release for goods regulated by participating government departments and agencies (PGAs).

This option provides an alternative to the existing Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) release processes.

Submission of an IID is voluntary, only includes the data required for CBSA and PGAs to make a border-related decision, and can be used for PGA and non-PGA-regulated goods. In addition, the IID can be sent to CBSA for processing up to 90 days prior to the arrival of the goods at the first point of arrival in Canada or following the arrival of goods.

CBSA indicates that the following PGA programs are currently available for the IID option:

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
  • Import Controls of Agricultural, Steel, and Textiles and Clothing Products
Health Canada
  • Importation of Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Radiation Emitting Devices and Pest Control Products
  • Importation of Human Drugs, Natural Health Products, and Medical Devices Regulated by the Food and Drugs Act
  • Importation of Controlled Substances and Precursors
Natural Resources Canada
  • Importation of Energy-using Products
  • Kimberley Process – Import of Rough Diamonds
Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Importation of Human and Terrestrial Animal Pathogens and Biological Toxins
Transport Canada
  • Importation of Vehicles (except the Appendix F Process)

It should be noted that PGA licenses, permits, certificates and other (LPCO) information can be provided on an IID, and validated by PGAs, prior to arrival of the goods. LPCO information that cannot be dematerialized into IID fields may be submitted as digital images via a parallel transmission channel called the Document Image Functionality. Some PGA program legislation and/or regulations continue to require that a LPCO accompany the shipment into Canada.