The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced it will eliminate paper reporting for Exports. The Declaration form (B13A) will no longer be accepted as of June 30th, 2020. Exporters or their service providers will have to report their exports electronically.

CBSA announced that there will be two electronic reporting methods for exporters to report their goods; the Canadian Export reporting System (CERS) and the G7 Export Reporting Electronic Data Interchange (G7-EDI). CERS will be in place by March 16th, 2020 and Exporters can apply at that time. The G7-EDI is currently available and can be used now.

CERS is a new system that will replace the Canadian Automated Export Declaration system (CAED).  CERS is a web based self-service portal enabling exporters to submit declarations to include summary reporting and bulk loads to the CBSA. G7-EDI provides a direct link to the CBSA Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System (ACROSS). 

Exporters who are currently using CAED and Summary Reporters will receive a letter from CBSA sometime between February and June of 2020 providing information on how to activate their CERS account. CAED will be decommissioned by the end of June 2020.

Exporters exporting goods, which require a permit, must provide a paper copy of the permit issued at the place specified in the permit and if not specified at the port where the export occurs. This regulatory requirement will not be automated at this point.

Export declarations and related permits must be submitted in the following time frames:

  • Mail- 2 hours before the goods are delivered to the post office
  • Highway- Immediately before leaving the country
  • Air- 2 hours before the goods are loaded on the aircraft
  • Marine – 48 hours before the goods are loaded onto the vessel
  • Rail – 2 hours before the goods are loaded onto the rail car.

Further information on CERS.

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Increasing your company's knowledge base will also be necessary.  Foreign cultures, market studies, intellectual property rights, financing, terms of sale, international shipping, and export and import processes are just a few that come to mind.  When it comes to deciding who should be involved, you will be surprised to find that export sales touch almost every department - sales and marketing, accounting, legal, purchasing, production, etc.  Success means bringing everyone on board to buy into the plan. New or aspiring exporters may want to attend a trade compliance session to increase their education in these areas.

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Jan Brock

Jan Brock joined Pacific Customs Brokers in 2015 as a Senior Trade Advisor. She retired from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in 2015 after serving more than 37 years. Jan started her career with CBSA as a summer student in 1976 and worked part-time until she graduated from U.B.C. with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1980 . Shortly after graduating from U.B.C. Jan worked full time as an inspector with CBSA and within three years was promoted to Superintendent. She served some time in the Regional Operations office as an Operations Review Officer before she was promoted to Chief of Operations first at the Customs Mail Centre, then in the Metro District as the Commercial Chief and ending her career as a Chief at Pacific Highway Commercial Operations where she served as Chief from 1992 to 2015. During her career she was a member of the Customs Drug Team and a trainer in the National Enforcement Program. Jan also served as the Regional Coordinator Officer Powers and Use of Force for the Pacific Region. Jan served on many Commercial Program Reviews and committees both national and regional during her career and possesses an expansive knowledge of importing and exporting into and from Canada.

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While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.