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Canada Adds Three PGAs to Integrated Import Declaration

Friday, March 24, 2017
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The Canada Border Services Agency has added three participating government department and agency programs to the integrated import declaration. The IID is part of Canada’s Single Window Initiative, which is similar to the International Trade Data System in the U.S. and is designed to streamline and simplify the import process and significantly reduce the paper burden on the business community.

The IID expands the ability of importers and customs brokers to submit and obtain electronic release for goods regulated by PGAs and provides an alternative to the Pre-Arrival Review System and Release on Minimum Documentation release processes. Submission of an IID is voluntary and only includes the data required for CBSA and PGAs to make border-related decisions. 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.

The CBSA has said 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.

As of March 21 the following PGA programs have been added to the IID.

- Natural Resources Canada – explosives

- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – import program (nuclear substances and equipment)

- Environment and Climate Change Canada – vehicle and engine emissions, ozone-depleting substances and halocarbon alternatives, and wildlife enforcement

The following PGAs and PGA programs were already live with the IID.

Global Affairs Canada (previously 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 and tires

Environment and Climate Change Canada

- hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

- commercial importation of aquatic species under the aquatic biotechnology, aquatic invasive species, and trade tracking (fisheries resource management) programs

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