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Export declaration requirements

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As a reminder, you will need an export declaration if you are exporting non-restricted commercial goods valued at CAD $2,000 or more, from Canada.  The only exception to this is if you are exporting non-restricted goods from Canada to the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) as a final destination.  Proof of export declaration must be provided to the exporting carrier, prior to departure, in order for your cargo to exit Canada.  Failure to provide proof of export to the carrier will result in your cargo not being able to ship as intended, which could result in extra costs to the exporter.

Export declarations are submitted to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), via the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS).  This web-based portal allows the exporting community to electronically submit export declarations, bulk data uploads and monthly summary reports to the CBSA.

Universal can complete the export declaration via CERS on your behalf.  We simply need to have the exporter complete the CERS Application Form BSF831 (which we will provide) and return to us.  We will then apply for an Authorization ID number, which will allow us to complete a CERS export declaration and ensure your export shipments move seamlessly.

Ensure your export shipments are not delayed by contacting us in advance to set up your profile and obtain authorization to file the export declaration on your behalf.

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

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