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G7 EDI: Canadian Export Reporting


Table of Contents:

What is EDI?

Ways to Report Shipments Before Exporting from Canada

Why Use G7 EDI for Canadian Export Reporting?

G7 Export Reporting via Electronic Data Interchange (G7-EDI) from GeTS

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires exporters to declare all shipments before exporting goods from Canada to international destinations. G7 EDI Canadian export reporting helps with risk assessment and compilation of trade data for goods being imported into Canada. The process is similar to submitting an eManifest.

Export reporting also helps:

  • *the CBSA determine whether the goods should have an export permit or if they are destined for a sanctioned country or person
  • * stop prohibited commodities from entering the destination country
  • * determine if the package/shipment does not include an export declaration


What is EDI?

G7 EDI: Canadian Export Reporting - What is EDI?

EDI or Electronic Data Interchange is a direct method of sending information to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). If you are working with a third party service provider, EDI integration can simplify the filing process by reducing manual keying and errors.



What are the ways to report shipments before exporting them from Canada?

 G7 EDI: Canadian Export Reporting - ways to report shipments before exporting them from Canada

Paper-based form – Paper-based B13A form are hard copies that are submitted to the local Customs Office in person at least two hours before departure. All form fields should be filled out accurately and completely and the form has to be completed in three copies.


Electronic form - The electronic B13A form is done through CAED which is a 'Windows' based software that allows companies to electronically submit export data to the CBSA and Statistics Canada.


G7 Electronic Data Interchange Export (G7 EDI) Reporting – G7 EDI is another way to file electronic export declarations for each shipment, using electronic data interchange (EDI). Participation in G7 Electronic Data Interchange Export Reporting is voluntary. Although this reporting system is a G7 initiative, Canadian exporters can also use it for export reporting of goods shipping to countries other than the G7.



Why Use G7 EDI for Canadian Export Reporting?

Why Use G7 EDI for Canadian Export Reporting

On July 2019, the CBSA announced major changes in the export reporting process:

1. The CBSA will no longer accept Export Declaration Forms (B13As) and will only accept electronic reporting for outbound shipments from exporters or their service provider (broker or forwarder).


2. The CAED program will be replaced by a new export reporting system, the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS). CERS is designed to meet current requirements while also providing flexibility for future enhancements.


This makes CERS and G7 EDI the two electronic reporting methods available to exporters. G7-EDI has been in existence earlier than CERS and can be used now.



G7 Export Reporting via Electronic Data Interchange (G7-EDI) from GeTS

G7 Export Reporting via Electronic Data Interchange (G7-EDI) from GeTS

The G7 Electronic Data Interchange Export Reporting solution from Global eTrade Services (GeTS) is a quick and efficient way for exporters to submit their export reports to the CBSA.


GeTS, a CBSA-approved provider of highway customs ACI software for carriers and freight forwarders and a leader in global trade facilitation, offers advanced comprehensive solutions for the public and private sectors. G7 EDI from GeTS provides:

  • Auto-validation

  • Real-time dashboard reports

  • Bulk data uploads

  • User friendly

  • 24/7 customer service


CALISTA – Compliance Service

Exporters can quickly and securely file using the CALISTA Compliance Service for electronic data interchange (EDI). CALISTA – Compliance Service is a centralized global trade platform that leverages multiple customs nodes to for easier and faster cross-border trade and end-to-end compliance connectivity.


Features and Benefits:

  • Simplifies the process: instead of managing multiple compliance requirements across countries, users can send their trade data and documents to one system, CALISTA

  • Automates the generation of trade declarations in local and respective cross-border regulatory formats. The generated data is then submitted to the recipient countries for compliance

  • Accurate declarations and consistent regulatory compliance thanks to CALISTA’s automatic data population and pre-validation capabilities

  • Option to integrate in-house systems with CALISTA to achieve seamless data transfer.

  • CALISTA can automatically transform data into the required regulatory formats for declarations, regardless of users’ data format


CALISTA also offers better collaboration and visibility among stakeholders through:

  • Real-time dashboard

  • Alerts

  • Status updates

  • Data reuse

  • Electronic integration


To learn more, visit our G7 EDI page or contact us today!




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