If you are a service provider or carrier connected with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), prepare for some upgrades! The CBSA announced on 16 January 2014, that they will be making system enhancements in order to bring it up to more modern standards. If you’re connected with any of these systems, you’ll need to modernize as well.

The new functionalities of the upgrade won’t be available until July 2014. Carriers and providers will have one year from the determined date to transition their systems from the old to the new. The American Shipper states that the newer, more modern system will assess risks as a single unit when determining admission into Canada for goods and people.

According to CBSA, “one major change is that RNS messages will be replaced by new messages known as ‘completeness notices,’ which are pre-arrival notices; ‘disposition notices’ will also be introduced, which are post-arrival notices.”

More functionalities will be included in the upgrades which also aim to comply with the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) standards.

On January 26, the World Customs Organization (WCO) recognized International Customs Day (ICD). On ICD, Customs administrations of 179 Member States of the WCO commemorate the first session of the Customs Co-Operation Council, later renamed the WCO, which took place on January 26, 1953. The day also recognizes the importance of the roles that customs officials and agencies play in maintaining border security.

Each year, a different theme is chosen to highlight the significance of the business partnership approach. The chosen theme for 2014 is “Communication.” 2014, heralded as the “Year of Communication,” focuses on the WCO’s efforts to increase and improve communication strategies and worldwide outreach programs.

The WCO states, “Under the slogan ‘Communication: sharing information for better cooperation,’ we are signaling our aspiration to do more at the national, regional and international level to raise awareness of the vital role Customs plays in international trade, economic prosperity and social development.”

The WCO commends its efforts to better communicate, which it says includes, “national Customs websites, specialized magazines, media outreach and social networks.”

Special focus is also placed on expanding communication with WCO stakeholders and partners and effectively listening and responding to feedback.

Click here to view the official ICD Message from the WCO.

There have been quite a few changes to Export Regulations for 2014. With changes ranging from Export Administration Regulations (EAR) updates to recent Wassenaar updates, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Integration Point will sort it all out with a free public webcast on January 29 at 2 pm EST – register today!

Integration Point Vice President of Global Trade Content, Angela Chamberlain, will be joined by Senior Vice President of Products and Strategy, Melissa Irmen, and Senior Software Analyst, Maritza Mills to present this educational webcast.

During the one-hour webcast, they will discuss the recent US Export Administration Regulations (EAR) updates, which included the second edition of the merge from the USML to the CCL, and the creation of the new 600 series. They will also cover recent Wassenaar updates that took place in late December 2013, and how these changes will affect export controls for several countries. Finally, they will wrap up the hour with a discussion on the upcoming changes to the US Automated Export System (AES) - changes which will go into effect early this spring.

To register, click here.