Part one of my blog explained some international trade terms. This blog explains a few more terms used in export and import.
HS code: It stands for Harmonized System code. HS code is maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO), an independent intergovernmental organization with over 160 member countries, based in Brussels, Belgium.
It is a 10 digit number where the first 6 digits are universal and the remaining 4 are from the country you are importing into. The HS code are used for tariff classification, transport documentation, import or export declaration, for trade statistics.
B3 import declaration: If you plan to import into Canada, you will need to use the B3 form to declare these goods to Canada Border Services Agency. You can either submit this form yourself along with a cargo control, invoice Import permits, health certificates, or any other required form to the Canada Border Services office or you can use a custom broker / freight forwarder.
For more information: Importing Commercial Goods Into Canada
B13A export declaration: when you export commercial goods for a value of $2,000 or greater to any country other than the U.S, Puerto Rico, or the U.S Virgin Islands, you have to declare the exported goods to Canada Border Services Agency.
1. You can fill up the B13A online, by contacting Statistics Canada to receive a free of charge software called CAED (the Canadian Automated Export Declaration). You can contact the following: 1-800-257-2434 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Or you can use a customs broker/freight forwarder who will do the declaration on your behalf
For more information: Exporting Goods From Canada: A Handy Guide for Exporters
If you have any questions about how Women’s Enterprise Centre can help you with exporting and/or importing, send us an email or call us at 1.800.643.7014 ext. 112.