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Link: Mandatory Paperless Export Reporting is Coming Soon
As of June 30, 2020, Canadian exporters will no longer be able to file paper copies of the B13A Export Declaration Form or use the CAED system to report exports of commercial goods. Canada’s export reporting will be paperless.
Exporters and customs service providers must be prepared and ready as of June 30, 2020 to report exports of commercial goods using one of two electronic methods:
1) Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) – which is a new, free, web-based self-service portal; or
2) G7 Export Reporting Electronic Data Interchange.
CERS replaces the CAED reporting system.
Canadian companies will not be given a choice of filing paper copies. The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is offering training sessions – please go to the CBSA website for more information about how to sign up for a training session and when they will be offered.
Canadian companies must complete an export declaration for any export of goods and/or technology to any country (except the United States and Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) valued at $CDN 2000 or more (subject to regulated exceptions). Even small-sized packages can be valued over $2000 (most shipping containers exceed the threshold).
The filing of information about exports allows the CBSA to review the information and conduct a risk assessment and enables Statistics Canada to compile export trade data. The reporting requirement is found in section 95 of the Customs Act and the Reporting of Exported Goods Regulations. The CBSA conducts a risk assessment as to whether the goods should have an export permit, or are destined for a sanctioned country or person. If the package/shipment does not include an export declaration, the CBSA may detain the goods and, thereby, delay the transportation of the goods to its destination.
The general rule is that all goods valued at or over $CDN 2000 must be reported. That being said, certain goods are not required to be reported on an export declaration. The exempt goods are listed in sections 6 and 7 of the Reporting of Exported Goods Regulations and are further explained in CBSA D-Memorandum D20-1-1, Export Reporting. Provided that the following goods are not prohibited goods or restricted goods (that require an export permit), the following limited classes of goods may be exported without being reported by the exporter:
The reporting MUST take place before the goods are shipped (the attempt to export). The minimum time frames for reporting exports to the CBSA are as follows:
If the CBSA randomly detains your goods (or is informed about the export by a competitor, or disgruntled employee, or another person, and selects the goods for inspection), you will be asked to provide information about the goods. This could delay the export for weeks, months, or years. It is possible that the detained goods will be seized as forfeit and destroyed.
For more information, contact Cyndee Todgham Cherniak at 416-307-4168 or at Cyndee@LexSage.com.