Export Documentation

When exporting goods from Canada to international destinations (other than the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires the exporter to declare all shipments prior to export. This is a Canadian governmental regulation to ensure the collection of accurate export trade statistics and to protect the destination country from any prohibited commodities.

Effective June 30, 2020

CBSA does no longer accept paper export declaration forms (B13As). Exporters, or their customs service providers, are required to report their exports electronically and submit summary reports using either the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) or the G7 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) reporting option.

For exceptional cases, where the client could not meet the original June 30, 2020 timeline, the onboarding window to register with CERS will be September 30, 2020.

View Customs Notice 19-14 for complete details. Export reporting obligations, guidelines and procedures can be found in Customs memorandum D20-1-1.

Quick Reference Table

Exporting Goods from Canada

Documents Required from Exporters Prior to Export

Type of Goods

U.S. Destinations
(Includes Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)

All Other Destinations
(Includes goods moving through the U.S. to foreign destinations)

Controlled Goods
(Regardless of Value)

  • Permit, Certificate, or License
  • Documents required by other Government Departments (if applicable)
  • Permit, Certificate, or License
  • Documents required by other Government Departments (if applicable)
  • Export declaration through CERS

Non-Controlled Goods

  • Export Declaration is not required
  • Export declarations through CERS within timeframes