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COVID-19 Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders April 14, 2020

CAED decommissioning date delay

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) decommissioning date has been extended from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.  However, the CBSA strongly encourages exporters and customs service providers to activate their Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) accounts as soon a possible.

CERS provides a web-based electronic method of reporting exports. As such, it supports the current need for physical distancing, as it can be easily used by remote workers without the need to install software and also provides an alternative to paper declarations.

Paper-based reporting (B13A, Export Declaration Form) will no longer be permitted as of June 30, 2020. Anyone using paper B13A will have to start using CERS on June 30.  However anyone who uses CAED will have until September 30 to switch to CERS.

More information on CERS and steps to register, can be found on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website.

Official updates on COVID-19 are available on the Government of Canada website.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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