Guide to exporting commercial goods from Canada:
After your goods are exported

5. After your goods are exported

Have you registered for the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS)?

Amend or cancel an export declaration

There are different procedures to follow depending on whether the goods were reported electronically or on paper.

Voluntary disclosures

The voluntary disclosure process encourages clients to inform the CBSA of any past errors or omissions and make corrections in order to comply with their legal obligations. This opportunity to self-correct, may result in penalties being waived.

For further information on Voluntary Disclosure, refer to Memorandum D11-6-4, Relief of Interest and/or Penalties Including Voluntary Disclosure

Keep all export records for 6 years

You must keep all records pertaining to your exportations for 6 years following the exportation of your commercial goods, in either electronic or paper format.

For more information on the keeping of books and records pertaining to exports please consult Memorandum D20-1-5, Maintenance of Records and Books in Canada by Exporters and Producers.

Provide a Certificate of Origin, if requested

An importer in the foreign country to which you are exporting goods may be entitled to claim a preferential tariff treatment and pay a lower duty rate if they have a valid certificate of origin (e.g. NAFTA Certificate of Origin).

The certificate of origin is a signed declaration from the manufacturer of the goods that the goods are of Canadian origin and meet the requirements of a free trade agreement. You, as the exporter, must forward a copy of the certificate of origin to the importer and retain a copy for your records.

For more information on certificates of origin, refer to Memorandum D11-4-14, Certificate of Origin.

Comply with all legislative and regulatory requirements

As an exporter, it is in your best interest to be as accurate and as thorough as possible in your export reporting. Proactively seeking guidance from federal departments that control and regulate exports will help you to understand the requirements. This could also help to avoid costly delays at the time of export.

The CBSA may take enforcement action, including monetary penalties, seize goods as forfeit, and lay criminal charges, when Canada’s export laws have been contravened.

The CBSA is committed to working with all its clients to ensure compliance with export legislation and to facilitate exports. For guidance, please refer to Commodities that may require export permits.

Date modified: