Customs Documentation

Why is the 'CLVS' team emailing me for documents when I have already received my package?

This shipment is considered a low value couriered shipment. When companies like UPS/DHL/ FedEx bring goods across the border that are under $2600 in value they are only required to do a declaration on the items...

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What is a B13A form and is it mandatory for all exports?

The B13A is an Export Declaration and is mandatory for all export shipments valued at CAD 2000.00 and over. Shipments going to U.S. Destinations (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are not requi...

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Does the bond application that is being sent back to A & A for processing need to be signed by an owner or a signing officer?

Yes, for a bond the Owner or a signing officer must sign the application for Canadian and US Bonds.

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What is the difference between the B13A and the CAED?

Both are Export declarations. The B13A is the actual form that can be filled in manually. The CAED stands for - Canadian Automated Export Declaration. This is the electronic version that can be filled in on lin...

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Can I submit my own Export Declaration electronically without approaching a Freight Forwarder?

Yes you can. There is a form on the statcan.gc.ca website to apply for an authorization ID. Once you obtain the Authorization ID number, you will be able to submit your own CAED [Canadian Automated Export Decla...

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Can you call the Steamship Line and ask them for me?

Only the consignee on the Bill of Lading can call. They will not give anyone else any information.

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I have a purchaser who is buying the goods but sending them to someone else. How do I indicate that on the commercial invoice?

On the commercial invoice, list the name and address of where you are shipping the goods to as the consignee and list the party who bought the goods as the Purchaser.

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I have a small company but no BN number. How do I get one if I don't have a GST number?

If you are a small company, you can still get a BN by simply calling Revenue Canada. They can use your Social Insurance Number and activate the Business number. A GST number can come later when you are ready to...

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What are acceptable statements for the marking on wood packaging material?

Acceptable statements are: the mark must at minimum include the IPPC symbol for treated wood packaging materials. The colors red or orange should be avoided. Reconditioned wood packaging materials must be treat...

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How can I can complain to Canada Customs about the Exam taking too long?

Here is the direct CBSA contact link: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/com-eng.html

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