Canadian Export Regulations (B13A)

The Canadian Export Regulations have changed; most notably, exporters are now required to declare shipments, which require an Export Declaration to Canada Customs prior to leaving Canada.  For more information, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Web site. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Export Declaration (B13A) and when is it required?

A B13A is a customs declaration required by the CBSA to report exports from Canada that are valued at CAD $2,000 or greater destined to any country other than the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Please note that there are some exceptions to these requirements.  For more information, please visit the CBSA Web site.


How can I submit and/or declare my Export Declaration (B13A) form or goods to Canada Customs?


An exporter can submit the Export Declaration (B13A) in the following ways:

  1. Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) or G7 EDI
  2. Summary Reporting
  3. Manual or Paper B13A
  4. No B13A Required (Exemptions)

(1) Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED)

The CAED program is an electronic method that will allow exporters to complete and transmit Export Declaration (B13A) information directly to the Government of Canada.  Here are the benefits:

  • It is a fast and easy way to report goods.
  • It is available at no extra charge
  • It provides a complete and accurate audit trail. 

For more information and to obtain a copy of the CAED application form, please visit the Statistics Canada Web site

(2) Summary Report Program

The Summary Report program is reserved for exporters who ship low-risk goods on a regular basis and have met specific requirements set by the CBSA.  This enables exporters to summarize required export data, which can be submitted on a monthly basis in writing, after the goods have left Canada.  To report in this manner, prior written authorization is required from Canada Customs.  Please note that goods that are controlled, prohibited or regulated, are not eligible for this program.

(3) Manual or Paper B13A


FedEx Ship Manager does not provide an option to create a paper or manual B13A along with your shipping label.  Go to fedex.ca ‘Customs Tools’ tab for a blank copy of the B13A or complete it online.  If you choose to submit a manual B13A, obtain the B13A transaction number at the nearest Canada Customs office before you ship. To avoid delays or penalties by Canada Customs, please arrange to have your B13A stamped with a B13A transaction number prior to tendering your shipment to FedEx or submit your B13A electronically via CAED.

(4) No B13A Required (Exemptions)

The goods listed in the B13A Exception list and goods destined to the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands do not require a B13A.


How does FedEx recommend that I submit my Export Declaration (B13A)?

FedEx strongly encourages customers to complete and transmit Export Declaration information using the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) program.


How do I document the B13A transaction number or summary reporting number on my FedEx International Air Waybill?


The new FedEx International Air Waybill has a designated field for B13A information.  Simply check the boxes that apply and fill in your transaction number or summary reporting number.  If no declaration is required, please indicate that on your FedEx International Air Waybill as well.


Who is responsible for ensuring that the paperwork is complete and attached to the package?


The exporter is fully responsible for filing the Export Declaration (B13A).  FedEx is not responsible for any B13A documents that may be lost, stolen, or damaged during transportation to the CBSA and other government agencies.


How do I document B13A transaction number or summary reporting number, if I am using a FedEx Ship Manager™ (a FedEx electronic shipping application) to send my package?


New fields have been added to allow you to declare whether a Export Declaration (B13A) is applicable to your shipment and to capture the manner in which you filed the B13A, as well as the associated B13A transaction number provided to you by the Canada Customs.  To avoid delays, submit the B13A to Canada Customs prior to creating your shipping documentation.

If a B13A is not required, select ‘No B13A required’ from the ‘B13A filing option’ choice list.  If you have indicated that a B13A is required for your shipment, you must indicate how your B13A was submitted (i.e., CAED, Summary Reporting or manually) and enter the applicable transaction number, authorization code, or a summary reporting number, depending on how the B13A was submitted.

For more information on how to set a default for the B13A option filed, please visit the ‘Help’ section of your FedEx Ship Manager™ application.

Manual/Paper B13A

FedEx Ship Manager does not provide an option to create a paper or manual B13A along with your shipping label.  Go to fedex.ca ‘Customs Tools’ tab for a blank copy of the B13A or complete it online.  If you choose to submit a manual B13A, obtain the B13A transaction number at the nearest Canada Customs office before you ship. To avoid delays or penalties by Canada Customs, please arrange to have your B13A stamped with a B13A transaction number prior to tendering your shipment to FedEx or submit your B13A electronically via CAED.

Electronic B13A (CAED software):

To help expedite your shipment, submitting your B13A electronically to Canada Customs prior to shipping is recommended.  The B13A should be submitted using the latest version of the Canada Automated Export Declaration (CAED) software provided by Statistics Canada.  The CAED software will allow you to submit your B13A electronically and receive the required B13A authorization code immediately.  This number must be indicated on the shipping document under the transaction number field. 

When submitting your export declaration using CAED the authorization code is provided electronically.  The 23-character authorization code is comprised of the following combined fields: license number, authorization ID and then form ID.  Both the license number and authorization ID are static and assigned at the Business registration number level. The form ID represents the number of export shipments submitted in that calendar year.

Creating your CAED Transmission document prior to creating your Shipping Label:

If submitting your B13A electronically through CAED before creating your shipping label, your transportation document number (air waybill number) will not be available at the time you create your CAED transmission document.  When submitting your CAED transmission, you may enter the word ‘pending’ in the transportation document number to complete the transaction.  Once you receive your CAED authorization code, complete your shipping and return to the CAED software to ‘amend’ (edit) the transportation document number with that provided to you by FedEx Ship Manager.

It is the exporter’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the export information and documentation prior to export.
 

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