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3rd Party Software We Use and Recommend…

This month’s featured software suggested by WaudWare president, F. Charles Waud.

Zoom logoZoom Video Communication –
Zoom offers communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. Based on our experience here at WaudWare, Zoom Video Communication is very easy to use, fast and reliable. There is a free version for sessions of up to 40 minutes, and for longer sessions, it is very affordable. It also has built-in chat capabilities, instant meetings, and many more features. We use it many times a day and love it.


Want to Get More Involved with CPMA? Join Volunteer Working Groups!

CPMA Working Groups offer members the opportunity to get more involved with CPMA, make connections, and work collaboratively in support of the fresh produce supply chain. CPMA’s standing working groups include:

  • North American Trade Working Group
  • Plant Health Working Group
  • Regulatory Modernization Working Group
  • Transportation Working Group

CPMA is also looking for members to participate in a new Customs Working Group. Reflecting the growing level of concern we’ve heard from our members, the Customs Working Group will aim to remove barriers to trade by focusing specifically on customs issues and the challenges faced by CPMA members at the Canadian border. The first phone meeting of the Customs Working Group will be held early in 2020. For more information on the Customs Working Group, or to indicate your interest in participating in one or more working groups, please contact Shannon Sommerauer at


Reminder: Update your CFIA notice subscriptions​

CPMA and other organizations have recently had problems receiving notices and Listserv communications from CFIA. CPMA representatives worked with CFIA’s technical team to resolve the issue. To ensure you don’t miss important communications from CFIA, you are encouraged to update/re-subscribe to any CFIA lists of interest. You can find the complete list of subscriptions on the CFIA’s Email Notification Subscription Self-Service page.


CFIA Encouraging Additional Establishment Information in My CFIA​

<Source: CPMA Produce Now November 2019>

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is encouraging all food businesses that have a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) license to fill out additional establishment information through My CFIA. The data collected will feed into an Establishment-based Risk Assessment (ERA) model which will be used to assign establishments with a risk level. This will allow the Agency to determine the appropriate level of oversight that is required for your establishment’s specific food related activities.

The questionnaire can be accessed by signing into My CFIA. Establishments should enter information about their operational activities including how risk is controlled at their establishment. To learn more about the ERA model and the importance of adding additional establishment information to your My CFIA profile, visit the Add additional establishment information into My CFIA webpage.


REMINDER: Introducing the CARM Quarterly

<Source: CPMA Produce Now November 2019>

The CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project is a multi-year initiative that will modernize how the CBSA assesses imported goods and manages revenue.

Once fully implemented, CARM will streamline and automate business processes and offer online self-service tools to help the trade community do business in Canada. Through CARM, the CBSA will improve visibility and transparency to client accounts and increase efficiency by eliminating many paper-based processes.

On August 1st, the CBSA distributed the first edition of the CARM Quarterly. This quarterly newsletter will provide key updates on the Canada Border Services Agency’s Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project, including expected timelines and upcoming changes, as well as an overview of benefits for the trade chain community. Learn more about the CARM Project here: