Reporting commercial exports

The Customs Act requires goods being exported from Canada to be reported. The three main objectives of export reporting are to:

Goods may require an export declaration

While you generally need to submit an export declaration in order to export commercial goods from Canada, there are situations where no export declaration is required. The most common exceptions are:

For a complete list of reasons why you may not need to submit an export declaration, please refer to the List of goods that do not need an export declaration.

Goods requiring additional documentation

Additional documentation may be required by other government departments for your goods to be exported. Please refer the to Commodities that may require export permits to determine if additional requirements may apply to your goods and where you can find more information.

If your goods require an export permit, you must present a paper copy of the export declaration and a paper copy of the permit at the export reporting office located closest to the place of exit. If you are exporting restricted goods to the United States, you will not need an export declaration but will still be required to present a paper permit at the export reporting office located closest to the place of exit.

How to submit an export declaration

You will require a business number with an import/export account before submitting an export declaration. To obtain a valid business number, call the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-5525 or consult How to register for a business number – CRA.

Export declarations can be submitted using one of the following reporting methods:

Please note that not all reporting methods are applicable in all situations. If you are unsure which method is right for you, the CBSA recommends you use CAED.

When to submit documents

Export declarations and related permits generally need to be submitted in the following timeframes:

Additional resources for exporters of commercial goods

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