Importing into Canada

How do I apply for duty drawback to get a refund on my duties?

Overview of Duty Drawback: The object of duty drawback is to allow the U.S. exporter to better compete in the world market. It lowers the exporters material cost by removing the Customs duty from the transacti...

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My vendor is sending me no charge sample items. Do these items require a value?

Yes, all goods entering Canada require a value for Customs. Even if the product is being given to the importer at no charge, the sale price of the goods must still be indicated on the invoice followed by the st...

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As a Canadian importer, how long do I have to maintain my records of imports?

The Customs Act states that records must be kept for seven years. The records need to be kept for six years including the current year.

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Importing art from United States to be sold on consignment.

1) If you are unsure whether or not the original art work will be sold or returned to the USA the art work will not be qualified for Temporary Import; therefore, taxes are applicable. 2) If your company is GST ...

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How do I import products from Europe to Canada?

The steps that are required for importing products from Europe to Canada are: 1) Open an account with a licensed Customs Broker to act as your agent. 2) Determine the country of origin for the goods you are im...

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Do I have to show French on my labeling?

Yes, all mandatory labeling requirements are to be shown in English and French. There are a few exceptions like the dealer's name and address which can appear in either. Additional labeling information such as ...

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Where can I get information on the regulations for importing various food products?

The best source of current information is on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) website called AIRS which is located at: http://airs-sari.inspection.gc.ca/AIRS_External/english/decisions-eng.aspx. It ...

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What if I have meat samples I want shipped into Canada. Can I import them or do I need any specific documentation?

Yes, you are able to import the meat samples as long as the samples are not Beef and the samples weight less than 100 kgms. All you need to fill out is a "Declaration for Importation of Meat products from the U...

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What does it mean when the shipment is waiting on CFIA for approval?

When a shipment is waiting on Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for approval this means that the products that were shipped are requiring CFIA's review. When we send an entry for clearance that has Other G...

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How do I know if the plant or animal product I want to import may be an endangered species?

There is an organization called CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that in...

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