Mandatory Electronic Reporting Policy for Exporters

1. This notice provides information on the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA’s) new Mandatory Electronic Export Reporting Policy for exporters and explains how to report export data electronically when exporting goods by any mode of transportation.

2. In order to fulfill its mandate, the CBSA requires exporters to declare their export shipments destined to non-US destinations according to 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;
postal – no less than two hours before the goods are delivered to the post office where they will be mailed;
any other mode – immediately prior to the exportation of the goods.
3. 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.