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March 11, 2019

Single Window: What Importers Should Know Before April 1st

Canada and the United states have partnered to support trade and commerce while enhancing border and supply chain security to create a “Single Window initiative”.

As of April 1st Canada Border Services Agency will soon provide a “single window” through which importers can electronically submit information required for both import regulations and participating government agencies. Single Window eliminates importers submitting information to multiple government agencies and saves time by allowing importer to provide all the required information on imported goods in a single submission. CBSA will share information with the appropriate participating government agencies that will support in providing any border related decisions.

With Integrated Import Declarations that Single Window provides, you will now need to include information on your customs documents to complete the Integrated Import Declaration that may have previously been reported after importation or in paper format. As of April 1st this will become mandatory for certain participating Government Agencies (PGA). CBSA has provided a guideline indicating the additional data required for each participating Government Agencies.

Link + Corporation is here to provide guidance with any Customs related question and assist with any SWI-IID PGA regulations that impact Canadian Importations. Click the on the below nine Participating Government Agencies to learn more about how Single Window and the Integrated Import Declaration impacts your next import shipment.

Participating Government Agencies (PGAs)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

Fisheries and Ocean Canada (DFO)

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)


Global Affairs

Health Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

Transport Canada

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