Local Topics of Interest
CARM - Replacing Canada’s Non-Resident Importer Program
Trade with Canada has never been simpler for American businesses, particularly under the new CARM system. CARM is a multi-year initiative of the Canada Border Services Agency that replaces the Non-Resident Importer Program, transforming the collection of duties and taxes for goods imported into Canada. Once fully implemented, CARM will simplify the overall importing process, provide a modern interface for importing into Canada, give importers self-service access to their information, reduce the cost of importing into Canada, and improve consistency of compliance with trade rules. CARM Release 1 took effect on May 25, 2021 and launched the Client Portal, a self-service tool that facilitates accounting and revenue management processes with the CBSA. Release 2 will take place in Spring 2022 and expand the functionalities of the Client Portal by adding electronic commercial accounting declarations with the ability for corrections and adjustments, changes to release-prior-to-payment requirements for bonds, harmonized billing cycles, new offsetting options, and electronic management of appeals and compliance actions. Importing companies should register well in advance of the CARM Release 2 date. For more information on CARM including access to the Client Portal and video tutorials, visit the CBSA’s website at CARM: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management project (cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).
Africa: Helping U.S. Companies Find and Develop Unique Opportunities
With offices across North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Commercial Service helps American companies succeed in African markets totaling 1.3 billion people and $2.6 trillion in GDP. We can provide market intelligence, due diligence on prospective partners, business matchmaking, counseling on export mechanics, and U.S. government advocacy. Check out our physical presence in Africa and our major initiatives in the pdf below.