The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced the new Mandatory Electronic Export Reporting Policy for exporters. Effective April 1, 2012, the CBSA will take steps to eliminate the manual reporting process form (B13A) for exporters and implement mandatory electronic reporting. The CBSA is now updating the applicable regulatory requirements to mandate electronic export reporting.
This policy direction does not impact exporters who have been approved to report their exports using the Summary Reporting Program option. In addition, when electronic permit reporting options are not available, the requirement to present a paper copy of the electronic export declaration and OGD permit at the CBSA office closest to the point of exit remains unchanged.
The receipt of electronic declarations from exporters will provide the CBSA and its partners with increased data quality and more accurate, consistent information. Electronic reporting aligns Canada”s Export Program with the reporting processes in other countries and is consistent with the overall direction of the CBSA”s commercial program
The CBSA requires exporters to declare their export shipments destined to non-US destinations according to below timeframes by mode.
- marine – no less than 48 hours before the goods are loaded onto the vessel;
- air – no less than two hours before the goods are loaded onto the aircraft;
- rail – no less than two hours before the railcar containing the goods is assembled to form part of the train for export;