The Assessment and Revenue Management Project, also known as CARM, is a multi-year initiative that is being carried out by the CBSA with the goal of modernising and streamlining the process of collecting taxes and duties on imported goods.
Trade chain partners will be able to access a cloud-based portal through CARM, where they will be able to gain access to business data, make payments on duties, and view CBSA statements of accounts. The CARM Accounts Receivable Ledger was made live in the month of April. Customers of CARM now have access to their statements through the use of an Accounts Receivable Ledger provided by CARM (ARL).
What is CARM? Importers in Canada are required to first create a business account before using the CARM Canada portal. Following the creation of the account, the BAM will be responsible for managing all user access to the system. At first, only the BAM will be able to log into the CARM Client Portal on behalf of their organisation.
On the other hand, as the programme continues to advance, an increasing number of users will require access to the portal. In order to link their account, the BAM will also be required to provide legally required information such as their GST Registration and Articles of Incorporation.
A BAM is required to designate a second person who will be in charge of managing the company’s account. In this way, the account can be managed by the other person in the event that the first person leaves the company.
The CARM Canada project is an initiative that will span multiple years and will modernise the process of collecting taxes on goods that are imported. Importing will become more streamlined and up to date as a result, which will make it simpler for business owners and freight forwarders to do their jobs in a way that is more effective.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is making use of its first “all-cloud” environment, which is CARM. Customers will receive assistance from A&A in registering for CARM and operating within the framework of the programme. It is anticipated that all businesses that import consumer goods will be impacted.
Importers will be required to register for CARM in order to begin using it once the CCP has been implemented. Because of this, they will have access to new features, such as the ability to make electronic payments for duty and tax.
In addition, the CCP will make it possible for importers to receive RPP privileges, which will enable them to release shipments even before they have paid for them. In addition, the B3 and B2 forms will be discontinued and replaced with the Commercial Accounting Declaration. The modifications are going to be made in a single document.
The process will become even more streamlined thanks to CARM Release 2, which will lay out the requirements for CARM and present the CPP in its entirety in terms of its functionalities. For instance, the old paper Customs Coding form and the Request for Adjustment form will be replaced by the brand new electronic Commercial Accounting Declaration. Other recently added features will fundamentally alter the way corrections are processed.
The CARM programme should be joined by importers, and they should establish their own financial security procedures, including post-payment audits. Farrow has put together a guide that is 12 pages long to assist businesses in getting ready for CARM.