Regulatory Overview

About the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA)

CSA (Customs Self-Assessment) is Canada Customs' way of reducing costs for the private sector through the streamlining of accounting and clearance processes while increasing its focus on trade of higher or unknown risk.

Under this program, companies are responsible for self-assessment using their own business systems. The procedure to become CSA-eligible is demanding, but the benefits include eliminating the need for separate and costly customs processes and the transactional transmission of data. In addition, CSA-eligible goods can be cleared on the basis of the identification of the approved importer, approved carrier, and registered driver—saving time and energy for all parties involved.

EDI Customs Brokers has in-depth experience in implementing a CSA initiative for numerous companies. Additionally, EDI Customs Brokers was one of the first companies to have a Canada Customs-tested and approved CSA self-clearance software solution. Whether your company is looking for a full business system or just a CSA solution, we have the expertise and technology to help strengthen your compliance process. We have dealt with the ups and downs of applying for the CSA program, so we can help with procedural questions you may have, or any advice you may need.

EDI Customs Brokers' CSA solution expands on Visual Importer™ with additional functionality, including:

  • CSA shipment entry and/or capture
  • Additional CSA entry error checking and validation
  • Revenue Summary Form (RSF) generation
  • Extensive reporting (revenue liability, CSA shipments, adjustments)

It also allows for the tighter integration of customs processes with a company's other business systems and processes—a requirement underlined by the CSA program. Should your company need a complete import management system, Visual Importer™ can address your needs, from multiple user profiles and levels of security to maintaining NAFTA, license, quota, and banned item information. The suite's Product Master table keeps data from previous transactions ready to be called up when a new shipment is made, and proper audit trails are maintained throughout the process.