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Customs in Canada


Before moving to Canada, it is best to know which products you are allowed to bring in your suitcase. Find out in this article.

If you are 18 years old or more, you can import free of duty and taxes a certain amount of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Below is a list of these products:

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars or cigarillos
  • 200 tobacco sticks and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco
  • 1.14 liters (40 imperial ounces) of wine or spirits or 24 cans or bottles of 350 ml (12 ounces) of beer (or the equivalent of 8.5 liters) without any custom duty.

You can also bring gifts provided the value of each does not exceed CA$ 60 (excluding tobacco products).

If you want to import a larger amount of alcoholic beverages, higher fees apply. You have to pay a customs duty as well as provincial taxes.

Bringing food into Canada

Food products such as meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables are subject to a set of requirements, restrictions and import limits. To avoid problems, it is recommended to avoid importing them.

Bringing animals and plants into Canada

If you want bring your pet, it will be jointly examined at the Canadian airport where you arrive by customs officers and those of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and  the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). This is due to the fact that pets can carry parasites or diseases that can be harmful to humans, livestock, and nature. For more information, have a look at the article Moving to Quebec with your pet.

Note that these regulations apply to plants as well.

 Useful link:

Canada Border Services Agency www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

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