For low-volume importers, it may be more sensible to wait until "eBonds" become available. The current bonding process is lengthy, paper-based and conditional on CBSA acceptance. There is hope that Canadian bond providers will have an easier solution by the time bonding becomes mandatory (Spring 2022).
Yes, our service relationship will not change, although you will be required to activate your CARM portal and grant us access. If you are an existing Border Bee client, you delegation request should be pre-loaded in your CARM portal.
When initially accessing the portal, you will need to add Border Bee as a 'BAM' level user. A delegation request from Border Bee should be waiting your approval. If you do not see a pending request from us, please contact us.
What this new mode of transport entails for international trade remains unclear, but the impact of thousands of new air consignments could be massive. Countries with a close proximity to each other like Canada and the US could see their trade relation change in unpredictable ways. A drone fleet’s ability to fulfill orders endlessly resembles the pipeline mode more than any other, which is currently only used by the energy sector.
We sent a request to the CBSA media relations team but have yet to hear back from them on how they plan to regulate unmanned vehicles and their commercial consignments. Assuming that the regulations are similar to those of other commercial vehicles, drone operators should prepare for the following when extending their routes internationally:
Drone operators will require a carrier code (or 'SCAC' code)
Pre-manifest information must be sent before each voyage
For each consignment, a Customs release
Random inspections or check-ins at sites designated by Customs
Given the complexity and pace of Customs transactions it may be a while before autonomous vehicles accelerate international trade. Some fast-moving individuals are already shaking up the cross-border scene with drones: CBP in the US recently busted a meth trafficker who attempted to fly his contraband over the US – Mexican border. Could Amazon be next?
Ecommerce, Customs and You provides answers to your questions on importing goods, written by the Border Bee staff.