About CAED

The 2017 version of CAED will expire on January 31, 2018 after which time only the 2018 version will be valid. The 2018 version will be the last update to CAED and will be valid until it is retired in January 2020.

The CAED program will be replaced by a new export reporting system, the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS), by January 2020. The CBSA and Statistics Canada have mutually agreed to retire CAED due to its aging technology. CERS is being designed by the CBSA to meet current export program requirements while providing flexibility to allow for future enhancements. The CBSA will engage industry stakeholders to seek feedback on the system design and roll-out strategy.

CERS will be a web-based solution that will enable exporters to report their export goods. It includes the same data requirements as CAED and will be designed to accept summary reporting of eligible goods. The CBSA will be implementing the new system in mid-2019, in order to allow a six month transition period for the onboarding of all current CAED users. There will be more information on both the CBSA and Statistics Canada websites available to exporters about the transition of export reporting from CAED to the new reporting system prior to its implementation.

The CAED Windows software

This user-friendly software package, available free of charge, automates the preparation of CBSA's B13A, Export Declaration. It provides exporters or their agents the ability to transmit completed Export Declarations directly to the Federal Government of Canada via the Internet.

The CAED software features Harmonized system commodity classification search, built-in encryption software, memorizable screens, extensive on-line help and Internet transmission capabilities. The user has a choice to use CAED as a stand-alone application or in a multi-user environment (LAN).

Canadian Export Classification

For a detailed listing of the export Harmonized System codes, please consult the Canadian Export Classification

The data loading module

This facility allows exporters or their agents the ability to transfer the data elements required for CBSA's B13A Export Declaration directly into the CAED Windows Software from their current processing system. Users can then transmit their completed Export Declarations via the Internet through the embedded CAED transmission protocol.


As CAED participants, exporters will no longer be required to submit paper B13A, Export Declarations to CBSA at the time of exportation, with the following exception: In addition to the automated report, any shipments of controlled, prohibited or regulated goods will require a CAED generated paper Export Declaration to be presented to CBSA along with the appropriate permit, certificate, or license, prior to exportation, regardless of the goods' value, if the goods are destined for consumption outside the U.S. market.

How do I find out more?

Step 1: View the software demo

Click on "Software demonstration" and follow the instructions in order to see a demonstration of the CAED Windows software.

Step 2: Business number

If you are an exporter and want to participate in the program, you must have a valid Business Number that has been activated for exporting. Click on "Business Number" to find out why it is needed, and how to obtain one.

Step 3: Registration

3.1 CAED users/participants must register with the CAED Helpdesk. To register, print the application form found in the Registration Information section. Complete and sign the form, and either fax or mail it to:

Fax: 1-888-269-5305 or 613-951-6823

International Trade Unit
Operation and Integration Division
Statistics Canada
Jean Talon Building, 2nd Floor
170 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, ON

3.2 Upon receipt of the application, an Officer will verify that the BN is active for exporting and will then contact the applicant.

Step 4: Software acquisition

4.1 Once the Registration process has been completed, the CAED software can be downloaded from the Internet.

Prior to installing the downloaded CAED software, participants must first download and install the following 2 Microsoft components: Microsoft .NET framework 3.5 and the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010. These 2 components are free and can be found at Microsoft.

To download the software click on CAED software tab, then go to "CAED Software 2018 version 18.00" link.

4.2 Once the CAED software has been successfully installed, the CAED helpdesk will provide the applicant with a unique license # and authorization ID that will identify the applicant as an authorized CAED user. An appointment will be arranged with the applicant by a CAED helpdesk officer to introduce the applicant to the software and to create and transmit a sample test file. The CAED helpdesk will verify the successful receipt of the transmitted file the next business day. Once a test transmission has been properly received, the applicant will be notified by the CAED helpdesk that they can begin to report their exports electronically using the CAED software.

Step 5: Bulletin board

For up to date information and recent initiatives and policies affecting the exporting community, consult the Bulletin Board.

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