Single Window Initiative (SWI)
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On April 1, 2020 the current Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) electronic release options for PGA-regulated goods will be decommissioned.
What is the Single Window Initiative?
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.
What do importers need to do?
To fully benefit from the SWI and guarantee that an IID can be submitted for the release of PGA-regulated goods, importers must ensure that all required licenses and/or permits are provided with the shipment documentation. To get the most up-to-date information, please visit the CBSA’s SWI website.
To avoid any potential clearance delays/issues, we strongly recommend that importers provide us with all the required data elements and/or additional paperwork (licenses and/or permits) for their PGA-regulated goods as soon as possible. This information can be emailed directly to the FedEx Clearance Help Line at email@example.com.
Participating Government Agencies
Frequently Asked Questions