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Official CBSA SWI page

What is Single Window Initiative?

The Single Window Initiative (SWI) is a new mandated electronic process of sharing commercial import data with Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). There are nine SWI Participating Government Agencies (PGAs), covering 38 programs. A gradual rollout of this initiative began on April 1, 2019. Full mandated Canadian import adoption of SWI was initially expected in Fall 2019, but has now been pushed to April 1, 2020. Click here for more info.

How it helps you

  • Better import process – reach multiple agencies with one filing
  • Less paper – faster processing and better tracking/record keeping
  • Product Specific data is captured for PGAs

Critical Importing Info

  • Brokers and importers who are currently not using SWI may already begin to experience shipment clearance delays
  • Brokers and Importers must be certified to begin taking advantage of SWI

The PGAs affected

    As of April 1, 2020
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency   (Ex. Food products)
  • Natural Resources Canada   (Ex. Energy-using products)
  • Transport Canada   (Ex. Vehicles and tires)
  • Dates TBD
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission   (Ex. Nuclear substances and equipment such as smoke detectors)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada   (Ex. Hazardous waste and products pertaining to vehicle emission)
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada   (Ex. Aquatic species)
  • Global Affairs Canada   (Ex. Import quotas on meat and poultry, as well as steel imports)
  • Health Canada   (Ex. Human drugs and medical devices)
  • Public Health Agency Canada   (Ex. Human and animal pathogens)