ARGO Customs Informs Canadian Exporters That Mandatory Electronic Reporting Is Coming

August 15, 2019 - Toronto, ON - The expert exporters at ARGO Customs want all Canadian exporters to know about coming changes to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) regulations which will affect all outgoing shipments. Beginning June 30, 2020, the CBSA will no longer accept the paper Export Declaration Form B13A. Instead, all exports will be required to be submitted electronically.

There will be two electronic methods in place for exporters to utilize:

1. The G7 Export Reporting Electronic Data Interchange (G7-EDI)

The G7-EDI system currently exists and can be used immediately. This exchange works across the G7 nations, and significantly reduces the paperwork required for imports and exports. However, it does require an investment from the exporting client.

2. The Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS)

CERS is under development and will be seen as the primary alternative to the previous paper processes, as well as a replacement for the CAED system. It is scheduled to go live on or about March 16, 2020. If an exporter is already using the CAED system, they will be notified directly about how to activate their CERS account and migrate over to the new system.

Exporters should also be aware that one aspect of exporting reporting regulations will not change: Any goods being exported which require a permit will still need paper filing. Both the paper copy of the electronic export declaration submission, as well as the permit from the other government department (OGD) will need to be presented at the place authorizing the export. If no single place is specified, the paperwork will need to be filed at whichever CBSA reporting office is closest to where the goods will be exiting Canada.

These new changes may create some disruption at first, but ARGO Customs believes they are for the best. Paperless electronic systems speed up approvals and streamline the cargo shipment process. Once transitioned, this should be a money-saving measure for everyone involved.

About ARGO Customs

ARGO Customs is dedicated to helping Canadian shippers handle the logistical and bureaucratic burdens associated with importing and exporting. They have a full staff of fully licensed international trade specialists, with a wide and deep range of experience in their history. ARGO's state-of-the-art software solutions simplify the paperwork and utilize electronic submission whenever possible to further speed up the process.

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