The Canada Border Services Agency has revised the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) eligibility criteria and no longer requires applicants to have at least a two-year history of actively importing commercial goods into Canada.

The revised importer eligibility requirements are as follows.

• Must be a resident of Canada *

• Must have a history of actively importing for at least 90 days prior to application

• Must not have a history of contraband or major commercial infractions

• Must be prepared to make an investment in business systems

• Must be willing to provide senior management authorization that their books and records contain or will contain commercial business processes, customs interfaces and internal control procedures

* CSA is available to non-resident importers that operate a Canadian branch office.

CSA is a streamlined release procedure for certain shipments from the U.S., and a streamlined accounting and payment procedure for all shipments from anywhere.

Benefits of CSA are that the payment of duty and GST can be net of any corrections, refunds and drawbacks (payments must include interest owing). Shipments from the U.S. that do not require import permits or any other government department involvement can enter the country without stopping for a customs entry, and usually without copies of the customs invoices, as long as the carrier is also approved under CSA, and the driver is registered.

Additional information concerning this and other recent developments is available from our technical consulting group.