Form E655 "Customs Self-assessment Program Importer Part II Application" - Canada

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This information is being collected according to the
provisions of the Access to Information Act. It is being
stored in the Accelerated Commercial Release
Operations Support System (ACROSS) under
Program Record Number RC CTA 125.
CUSTOMS SELF ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
IMPORTER PART II APPLICATION
The Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program is a progressive trade option that offers approved importers the benefits of:
a streamlined accounting and payment process for all of their imported goods; and
a streamlined clearance option for CSA eligible goods when an approved carrier and registered driver are involved.
Do you qualify for the CSA program?
You may qualify for the CSA program if you:
are a resident in Canada or the United States;
have imported commercial goods into Canada at least once prior to the 90 days before the day on which the application was received;
are without contraband or major commercial infractions;
are prepared to invest in your business systems; and
are willing to provide senior management representation that your business processes and systems will support CSA program requirements.
How do you apply to the CSA program?
Approval to use the CSA program requires you to successfully complete a two-part application process:
Part I involves a risk assessment of your company against established criteria;
Part II requires you to document the business processes and audit trails that will support CSA program requirements.
You will be asked to sign a Summary of Program Requirements which outlines specific requirements, once the application is approved.
You will be required to provide documentation that your company can generate accurate trade data and that the appropriate audit trails,
internal controls, and linkages are in place to support the CSA accounting and payment process.
Instructions
An authorized officer of your company must sign this application form. If you do not complete all sections, the application may be returned
to you.
This part of the application includes:
Section A
Applicant identification
Section B
Books and Records
Section C
Certification
A Part II application is required for each division that will be using the CSA accounting, payment, adjustment, and clearance process. However,
if you intend to have one division provide CSA accounting, payment, adjustment, and clearance for other divisions, please complete one Part II
application, identifying all divisions by the RM account identifier. One RM account identifier will be pledged for the CSA process and the
remaining RM account identifier(s) will require cancellation.
If you need more space to answer a question, attach a separate sheet of paper cross-referenced to the corresponding question.
More Information
If you need more information about the CSA program, or would like help completing the application, contact the CBSA office nearest your head
office. Please refer to the attached list of regional CBSA offices. You can also visit our Website at: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/menu-eng.
html. The CBSA reserves the right to request additional information for the purposes of this application process.
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This information is being collected according to the
provisions of the Access to Information Act. It is being
stored in the Accelerated Commercial Release
Operations Support System (ACROSS) under
Program Record Number RC CTA 125.
CUSTOMS SELF ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
IMPORTER PART II APPLICATION
The Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program is a progressive trade option that offers approved importers the benefits of:
a streamlined accounting and payment process for all of their imported goods; and
a streamlined clearance option for CSA eligible goods when an approved carrier and registered driver are involved.
Do you qualify for the CSA program?
You may qualify for the CSA program if you:
are a resident in Canada or the United States;
have imported commercial goods into Canada at least once prior to the 90 days before the day on which the application was received;
are without contraband or major commercial infractions;
are prepared to invest in your business systems; and
are willing to provide senior management representation that your business processes and systems will support CSA program requirements.
How do you apply to the CSA program?
Approval to use the CSA program requires you to successfully complete a two-part application process:
Part I involves a risk assessment of your company against established criteria;
Part II requires you to document the business processes and audit trails that will support CSA program requirements.
You will be asked to sign a Summary of Program Requirements which outlines specific requirements, once the application is approved.
You will be required to provide documentation that your company can generate accurate trade data and that the appropriate audit trails,
internal controls, and linkages are in place to support the CSA accounting and payment process.
Instructions
An authorized officer of your company must sign this application form. If you do not complete all sections, the application may be returned
to you.
This part of the application includes:
Section A
Applicant identification
Section B
Books and Records
Section C
Certification
A Part II application is required for each division that will be using the CSA accounting, payment, adjustment, and clearance process. However,
if you intend to have one division provide CSA accounting, payment, adjustment, and clearance for other divisions, please complete one Part II
application, identifying all divisions by the RM account identifier. One RM account identifier will be pledged for the CSA process and the
remaining RM account identifier(s) will require cancellation.
If you need more space to answer a question, attach a separate sheet of paper cross-referenced to the corresponding question.
More Information
If you need more information about the CSA program, or would like help completing the application, contact the CBSA office nearest your head
office. Please refer to the attached list of regional CBSA offices. You can also visit our Website at: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/menu-eng.
html. The CBSA reserves the right to request additional information for the purposes of this application process.
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Section A - Applicant Identification
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Applicant
Business name (legal)
Business number (BN)
Carrier code
Language preference
English
French
N/A
Complete below ONLY if changes have been made since Part I
Business address (Street no., P.O. box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fax number
Mailing address (if different from above) (Street no., P.O. Box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fax number
Web site
N/A
Contact name (last name)
First name
Title
Email address
Contact mailing address (if different from above) (Street no., P.O. Box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fax number
Please provide the following information for each Part II application that you are submitting
Business name (legal)
Trading name
Business number (BN)
RM account
Business address (Street no., P.O. box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fax number
Mailing address (if different from above) (Street no., P.O. Box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fax number
Contact name (last name)
First name
Title
Email address
Contact mailing address (if different from above) (Street no., P.O. Box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fax number
Computer record keeping system in use (i.e., purchasing inventory, accounting)
Location of records (if different from above) (Street no., P.O. Box no. and/or RR no.)
City
Province or state
Country
Postal or zip code
Telephone number
Fiscal year-end (Y-M-D)
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Please provide Business Numbers, including RM level, for all divisions that will be using above BN/RM for CSA accounting, payment, adjustment and clearance. These RM account
identifiers will require cancellation.
Please identify the account security number (s) (and the holder’s name) pledged for customs accounting (attach a copy of the letter from the authorizing cusoms broker where
applicable).
The date the goods are physically received onsite, at the importer’s or consignee’s premises, will be considered the receipt date, regardless of when the goods are actually received
into inventory. This date must be the release date transmitted to customs. If the release date is other than the receipt date please indicate the method you will use to calculate it.
Please identify the Customs Self Assessment accounting option you will use.
Option 1
Option 2
Please identify your monthly cut off date (Y-M-D).
Please identify your estimated start date (Y-M-D).
Please identify the business system trigger(s) for customs accounting.
Section B - Books and Records
As part of the CSA application process, the CBSA must ensure that your business systems (e.g., purchasing, receiving, and accounts payable)
will provide accurate trade data for imported goods. You must keep your books and records in accordance with generally accepted accounting
principles. You must also maintain appropriate internal controls and audit trails to and from the receipt, adjustment, and payment for the goods,
and customs accounting (B3), adjustments (X Type), revenue reporting (RSF) and payment (duty and taxes).
To satisfy these requirements, please provide the following information:
Business Systems Flow
This section requires the CSA applicant to provide a description of the business system in both a narrative and flow chart illustrating how the
company will account for imported goods to CBSA.
The descriptions should include the identification of the internal controls, documenting the flow of information through your systems and
explaining how the company will meet the CSA requirements for each of the following import scenarios. Please enclose a package of
sample documents (e.g., supporting documents and screen prints).
1.
a purchase where you enter the goods into your receiving system;
2.
a purchase where you direct ship the goods to a third party;
3.
an importation where you make no payment for the goods;
4.
an adjustment to the price paid or payable (e.g., royalties, commissions, or assists);
5.
other adjustments such as, overages, shortages and damaged goods;
Other items where the receipt recording and payment for the goods maybe different from the above identified flow of information;
6.
an importation of goods on consignment;
7.
an importation where you previously exported the goods and then re-imported them (e.g., Canadian goods returned in the same
condition, repairs, alterations, warranties, Canadian goods further processed, Canadian goods abroad and testing);
8.
an importation where you do not enter the goods into the receiving area as soon as they arrive at your premises. (e.g., a trailer arrives
but is not unloaded for a number of days);
9.
a temporary importation;
10. a low-value shipment;
11. a courier low-value shipment;
12. in-transit shipments; and,
13. other scenarios, that may be unique in your company (e.g., credit card purchases, unsolicited goods, goods placed in bonded
warehouse, etc.).
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CSA Requirements
In order to satisfy CSA requirements, please provide the following information:
1. New Release Date - a rationale and supporting documentation to justify how the company’s receipt date(s), replacing the current border
release date, will be established;
2. Trigger to CBSA - an explanation of how the reconciliation of your commercial records for imported goods will trigger an accounting
to CBSA;
3. Monthly Sweep - a description of the process you will use to identify and account for open invoices and receipts not captured by the trigger;
4. Foreign versus Domestic Vendors - an explanation of the mechanism you will use to differentiate between imported goods and domestic
shipments;
5. Adjustments - an explanation of how you will make sure that any trade data previously accounted for will be corrected when additional or
subsequent information is received;
6. Trade Chain Partners (TCP) - an explanation of how you will make sure that CBSA is notified when you update your United States or
Mexico vendor or direct shipped domestic consignee list;
7. Electronic requirements - an explaination of how you will transmit the following electronically:
a) "X" type adjustments
b) Trade Chain Partners (TCP) updates
c) CSA Revenue Summary Form (RSF)
(For technical data specifications please refer to the CSA Participant’s Requirement Document)
Minimum Audit Trails
The CSA importer is required to maintain minimum audit trails within their business systems to support CSA. The existing B3 trade data
elements and legislated requirements for customs programs are not changed under CSA.
The CSA importer must be able to generate the following details upon request:
1. B3 transactions - The CSA client must be able to provide the link to and from the source documents that triggered the original B3 trade
data. B3s must be electronic (EDI). The audit trail must be maintained linking each of the following data elements declared on the B3 to the
source documents:
Release date;
Date of direct shipment;
Value for currency conversion;
Quantity; and,
Classification number.
2. "X" type entry - The CSA client must be able to provide the link to and from the source document that triggered the accounting to CBSA
and to the source document that initiated the adjustment. "X" type entries must be electronic (EDI).
Note: when claiming a NAFTA and/or CCFTA adjustment, the CSA client must also be able to identify the original B3 transaction number
and line number on the EDI "X" type entry.
3. Revenue Summary Form (RSF) - the CSA client must maintain an audit trail linking the values in each of the fields on the RSF, to the
summary information produced by the business system including a link to the source document that supports the summary information.
(e.g. B3 numbers and values, "X" type entry numbers and values, and interest report and values).
4. Bank payments - the CSA client must maintain the proof of payments made to the CBSA, through the financial institution in respect of the
monthly RSF submission.
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Section C - Certification of Part II
It is a contravention of section 8 of the Customs Act to knowingly omit information or give false information in this application. You must inform
the CBSA of any changes to the information you have provided in this application.
As an authorized officer of the applicant company, I certify that the information given on this form and in any attached document is, to the best of my knowledge,
true and complete.
Signature
Title or office
Date
Authorized person’s name
There are a total of
pages in this application.
The completion of this application does not constitute authority to act as a CSA importer. You will officially become a CSA importer only after you have
successfully completed the two steps of the application process as outlined on page 1.
It is recommended that you do not make any CSA specific changes to your business systems until you have received confirmation of your part II submission
from the CBSA.
Please forward the completed application to:
Canada Border Services Agency
Manager, CSA Application
P.O. Box 7000, Station “A”
Mississauga ON L5A 3A4
Canada
CBSA Office
CSA Application
CSA Application
Regional Director
Regional Director
Canada Border Services Agency
Canada Border Services Agency
503-333 Dunsmuir Street
1 Front Street, West
P O Box 10, Station A
Vancouver BC V6B 5R4
Telephone: (604) 666-6753
Toronto ON M5W 1A3
Telephone: (416) 954-0770
CSA Application
CSA Application
Regional Director
Regional Director
Canada Border Services Agency
Canada Border Services Agency
4th floor, 400 Place d’Youville
269 Main Street
Montreal QC H2Y 2C2
Winnipeg MB R3C 1B3
Telephone: (514) 496-8085
Telephone: (204) 984-6986
CSA Application
CSA Application
Regional Director
Regional Director
Canada Border Services Agency
Canada Border Services Agency
9th floor, Ralston Building P.O. Box 3080 Station Parklane Centre
11th Floor, 333 Laurier Avenue, West
Halifax NS B3J 3G6
Ottawa ON K1A0L9
Telephone: (902) 426-7982
Telephone: (613) 991-0537
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