The first thing that exporters must know is what the CBSA
considers to be "commercial goods" – this word is
not defined in the Checklist or Step-by-Step Guide. The term
"commercial goods" is defined in the Accounting for
Imported Goods and Payment of Duties Regulations as "goods
imported into Canada for sale or for any commercial, industrial,
occupational, institutional or other like use." There is
no definition in the context of exports. However, one can
expect the CBSA to consider "goods exported from Canada for
sale or for any commercial, industrial, occupational, institutional
or other like use" to be commercial goods for export
These CBSA's new published documents should be helpful to
SMEs who do not know the basics. The CBSA's
"Checklist for Exporting Commercial Goods" sets out the
Identify what type of goods you want to export. You may also
want to check that the goods you are exporting are admissible in
the country of final destination.
Verify whether the goods are controlled, regulated or
prohibited to be exported by the Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) or any other government department or agency. Obtain an
export permit if required.
Select the method of shipping (by air, highway, marine, post or
rail) and identify the export reporting time frame for that method if
Complete an export declaration. If the goods are not subject to
an export declaration, advise your carrier and indicate "no declaration required (NDR)" with the
proper explanation or corresponding numerical code on the transport
documentation (cargo control document, manifest, bill of lading,
If a proof of export is required and electronic permits
reporting is not available, present a paper copy of the electronic
export declaration and the other government department(s) permit at
the CBSA office closest to the point of exit.
Keep records of your exports for a period of six years
following the date of export.
While that agreement mandated export measures on Canadian softwood lumber exports destined for the United States, it also protected those lumber exports from the potential imposition of onerous import measures by the U.S.
On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its first tariff classification decision since Canada signed the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in 1998.
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