How to Complete a B13A Export Declaration Form*

There are many detailed requirements for completing the B13A Export Declaration and a variety B13A reporting methods. This section, as well as the information provided at, aims to help simplify your B13A completion process.

What is It?

A B13A Export Declaration form is a customs declaration required by the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) and Statistics Canada to report exports from Canada.

Why is It Needed?

  • To control the export of strategic, controlled and regulated goods
  • To collect accurate information on Canadian exports
  • To control the outbound movement of goods in transit through Canada

When is It Needed?

  • Goods over CAD $2,000, not controlled, prohibited or regulated, destined to countries other than U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Shipping controlled, prohibited or regulated goods regardless of value. Learn more at or visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website.
  • If goods are exempt, obtain the Exemption/No Declaration Required number (NDR number) Learn about the current exemptions at

Where Can I Find It?

Paper / Manual B13A - manually submitted to CBSA for stamping prior to export (Minimum one day departure delay):

Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED)

This free software provided by Statistics Canada allows for electronic submission of your export declaration. For more information and to obtain a copy of the CAED application form, please visit the Statistics Canada Web site. NOTE: FedEx strongly encourages our customers complete and transmit B13A information using the CAED program.

How to Complete a manual B13A Effectively

Review the information below to help you complete a manual B13A form. THREE COPIES of the form are required with your shipment when completing a manual/paper B13A. Learn more about the regulations surrounding of the B13A form, including frequently asked questions at

Please Note: The numbered items below represent areas of the form that shippers often have questions about or complete inaccurately or incorrectly. You must complete all required fields on your customs documents.


  • Failure to report B13A and/or Export Permit when required is subject to $1,000-$6,000 AMPS (Administrative Monetary Penalty System) per shipment. Learn more at the CBSA website.
  • Missing required data elements on the B13A are subject to $100-$300 AMPS per shipment.
  • Even though you may not be required to file a B13A Export Declaration for a shipment, you may still be responsible for filing other documents such as export permits, certificates, and licenses required by the Canadian government departments or agencies that regulate the export of goods.

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