GDLS Canada

Exporting USML from the U.S. to GDLS-C


The following points are important steps to ensuring a smooth, on-time, compliant shipment. If not followed, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (U.S. CBP) can and will enforce these requirements by seizing your shipment! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, we are pleased to assist you.

Exporting from the U.S. to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada in London, Ontario, Canada

a. Download Export License
Once your export license has been approved you can download your D-Trade license "for up to 10 business days".
(D-Trade Industry User's Manual, page 155 (page 173 of the .pdf))

Don't forget to provide a copy to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada Export Compliance:

b. Lodge Export License
Then, please ensure you lodge your export license with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP). Contact the expected port of exit or a port of your choosing to ascertain where and how U.S. CBP would like to receive your license (e.g. by courier, by e-mail, to whose attention).

c. File your AES Record
Once U.S. CBP has received and lodged your license, file your AES record. The ITAR states that, "U.S. exporters are required to report export information using AES for all hardware exports." 22 CFR 120.30

You can file your AES Record yourself using AESDirect:

FAQs about AES

AES helpful links

The ITAR states that the AES record must be sent 8 hours before export for air & truck and 24 hours before for sea & rail (please refer to 22 CFR 123.22), but in practice, U.S. CBP may prefer you lodge your license earlier - contact your port of exit!

d. Complete you Canada Customs Invoice (CCI)

e. Create your Bill of Lading (B/L)
On the B/L cite:
i. The license/exemption number
ii. The AES ITN,
iii. The mandatory ITAR language (Destination Control Statement):
"These commodities are authorized by the U.S. Government for export only to [country of ultimate destination] for use by [end-user]. They may not be transferred, transshipped on a non-continuous voyage or otherwise be disposed of in any other country, either in their original form or after being incorporated into other end-items, without the prior written approval of the U.S. Department of State." 22 CFR 123.9(b)

f. Schedule a pick-up from the appropriate carrier, according to the General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada Routing Instructions:
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