CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Canadian Export Reporting process update

CERS to replace CAED: December 2019

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is replacing the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) with the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS).  The original go-live date (July 2019) has been delayed and a new tentative start date has been set (December 2019).

The goal is to ensure CBSA, in partnership with Statistics Canada, can provide a solution that meets the needs of the export community.

All existing users of CAED/DLM/SRP will be required to activate their business account during the revised onboarding window.  The pilot phase, commencing January 2020, will include a select number of trade chain partners (TCPs), including CAED, Data Loading Module (DLM) and Summary Reporting Program (SRP). 

Elimination of paper export reporting: No more B13A

Mandated electronic export reporting, including elimination of the B13A Export Declaration form, is coming soon as part of the CERS implementation.  Exporters will learn more about these changes in the near future through multiple channels:  Customs Notice, the CBSA and Statistics Canada websites and anywhere paper B13As are stamped.

You also need to know that the Definition of Exporter has now been identified as the primary cause of ambiguity in the Reporting of Exported Goods Regulations – and all resulting issues.

Summary Reporting Program (SRP): Addressed in Future Regulations

  • Since goods of unknown risk are being reported after export, thereby evading CBSA pre-export risk assessment, the CBSA will amend the eligibility criteria to refocus the SRP to its original purpose, a “facilitative reporting method for bulk goods (e.g. wheat, lumber, coal).”
  • Non-Bulk goods will no longer be eligible for the program and will have to be reported on a transactional basis. 
  • This regulatory change will not be included in this round of regulatory amendments and will be addressed in a future regulatory package.

For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

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