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Single Window Initiative (SWI)

On April 1, 2018, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will decommission the existing Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) for Other Government Departments (OGDs), now referenced as Participating Government Departments and Agencies (PGAs).  This change makes the use of the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) to submit PGA shipment information mandatory for importers and/or their brokers to obtain electronic release for PGA regulated goods, effective April 1, 2018.

UPS® has worked closely with CBSA to develop a process to help ensure a smooth and compliant SWI clearance process when IID becomes mandatory. PGA goods’ importers will be phased out of the current OGD release processes and transitioned to the IID before the deadline. UPS will notify impacted customers when the transition to IID release begins.

Currently, all nine PGA programs (shown in the table below) are live with CBSA on IID. While the data currently required under IID remain unchanged for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada, the amount of data elements required to clear goods regulated by the other PGAs have increased.

PGA programs on IID

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

  • Animals, feed, seeds, fertilizers, food and plants

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

  • Import Program (Nuclear substances and equipment)

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

  • Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material
  • Vehicle & engine emissions, ozone depleting substances and halocarbon alternatives, wildlife enforcement

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (FOC)

  • Commercial importation of aquatic species under the Aquatic Biotechnology
  • Aquatic Invasive Species and Trade Tracking (Fisheries Resource Management) Program

Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

  • Import Controls of Agricultural, Steel, and Textiles and Clothing Products

Health Canada (HC)

  • Importation of Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Radiation Emitting Devices and Pest Control Products
  • Importation of Human Drugs, Natural Health Products and Medical Devices Regulated by the Food and Drugs Act
  • Importation of Controlled Substances and Precursors

Natural Resources Canada (NRC)

  • Importation of Energy-Using Products
  • Kimberley Process (Import of Rough Diamonds)
  • Explosives

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

  • Importation of Human and Terrestrial Animal Pathogens and Biological Toxins

Transport Canada (TC)

  • Importation of Vehicles & Tires


All shipments that require other government department clearance listed above will be assessed the Other Government Departments (O.G.D.) Processing Fee

For more information view the 2017 UPS Canada Rate and Service Guide.