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Harmonized System (HS) Classification for Exports


Exporters need to correctly report the Harmonized System (HS) classification for all shipments requiring submission of an Export Declaration.

Export HS Classifications must be reported as follows:

  • If you are reporting electronically, using the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) system or the G7 Electronic Data Interchange Export Reporting system, you must use the 8-digit Canadian Export Classification code.
  • If you are reporting on paper (Form B13a), you may use either the 8-digit Canadian Export Classification code, or the 10-digit Canadian Import HS Code; both are considered valid until further notice.

Regardless of the method of reporting, you must ensure that the classification code you provide accurately describes your goods.  The CBSA is monitoring the use of classification codes, and Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPS) could be issued to exporters in cases where the classification code is inaccurate.

To avoid potential AMPS penalties, we can provide an Export Classification service complete with electronic CAED export reporting for clients utilizing our Export Freight Services.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.

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