Timeline of Release

CARM will be implemented in two stages

Release 1: May 25, 2021

  • Register for the CARM Client Portal (CCP) and create your business account (limited to commercial importers, customs brokers, and trade consultants)
  • Delegate access to your customs brokers (i.e., Delegation of Authority)
  • Start managing commercial import transactions through the CCP, including CBSA monthly Statement of Accounts (SOAs)
  • Gain access to CBSA Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification and duty/tax estimator tools, ability to request and track customs rulings
  • Get new direct electronic payment options with the CBSA

Release 2: October, 2023
The following functionality will be available via the CCP:

  • CCP registration for all Trade Chain Partners (TCPs)
  • Registration for Canadian Business Number (BN) and CBSA programs
  • Surety bond application for Release Prior to Payment (RPP) Privilege
  • Commercial Accounting Declaration (CAD) – a new digital document for accounting imported goods with the CBSA
  • New billing cycles and additional payment options with the CBSA
Port of Vancouver for CARM page


As a commercial importer do I have to register for CARM in order to import?

Yes, it is mandatory to register for CARM in order to import into Canada.

Do I need a Surety Bond in order to import into Canada?

Yes, it is mandatory and highly suggested, however there are two other ways to secure payment with CBSA, one being putting up a cash advance or paying per transaction (prior to import, which will cause delays in clearance)

When does CARM 2 take affect?

October 2nd 2023

How long does it take to get a Surety Bond?

Yes, we have a partner we are working with.

How can I pay my duties/taxes owing to CBSA?

This can be done from the CARM portal directly.


Yes, we have a partner we are working with. This should say approx 30 days and we have a partner we are working with.

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