Single Window Initiative (SWI)

The Single Window Initiative (SWI) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)-led program that modernizes and aligns Canadian and U.S. import processing procedures under the Beyond the Border Action Plan. Through the SWI Initiative, traders are able to provide all required import information – including information required by Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) electronically to the CBSA. In turn, the CBSA transmits any applicable data elements directly to the participating PGA(s) for their review. The applicable PGA(s) review the transmitted information and provide release, or hold, instructions back to the CBSA. The CBSA then transmits this information back to the applicable filer.

This single integrated solution provides the trade community with the option to satisfy the regulatory import requirements of multiple government agencies via a single electronic transmission of shipment information through the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). This streamlines the importing process, eliminates redundancies, and ideally reduces clearance times for shipments requiring formal entries.

To fully benefit from the SWI, importers must ensure that all required licenses and/or permits are provided with their shipment documentation and keep apprised of the latest information and updates via the CBSA’s SWI website.

Participating Government Agencies

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Transport Canada

Additional Information

Detailed listing of the participating government agencies – Customs Notice 17-09

If you have questions, please contact the FedEx Express Customs and Regulatory Solutions Department via email at or call 1.866.814.7741.