A B-13 export declaration is a requirement all exporters from Canada should be aware along with the new CERS online portal reporting system. All exporters must transition to the new CERS processing for export declarations from Canada.
In this post we review:
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What is a B-13 CERS Export Declaration
A B-13/ CERS is an export declaration required by the Canadian Customs and Statistic Canada for goods valued over CA$2,000 (or otherwise restricted).
You will need to fill out the B-13 form if your shipment:
Canadian customs require that B-13 export declarations are submitted electronically and the information required is generally straightforward. Canadian customs support exporters and generally very helpful to assist as needed.CBSA presentation on new CERS export declaration processes. However, exporters who do not file - or file incorrectly - will likely receive fines for mis-declarations.
See CBSA additional resources at the end of this blog.
CERS Versus CAED:
The Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) is web-based and largely self-explanatory. The B-13 declaration is the responsibility of the exporter. Even if this a B-13 is done via a customs broker, the ultimate remains with the exporter.
The CERS portal is CBSA's system for submitting electronic declarations and Summary Reporting Program of monthly reports. CERS replaced the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) system.
TRANSITION FROM CAED TO CERS
The transition form CAD to CERS has been in effect since 2020.
With the expiration of CAED:
Steps to Filing a Canadian Export Declaration:
1: Get a valid business number with an export designation (RM number)
If you already have a business number, you also need to obtain an export or import/export designated account. This is required before you can submit an export declaration.
To confirm you have a valid business number, or to get one assigned to your business, call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-959-5525 or consult Canadian Government page on How to register for a business number(CRA).
2: Be aware of the time frames necessary for submitting your declaration.
Export declarations for shipments exported from Canada via air need to filed at least 2 hours prior to being loaded on the aircraft. Filing times are different based on the method of shipping (see notation above).
CERS landing page with B13 necessary information
Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities.
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