Importing into Canada

How do I determine what the exchange rate will be when converting to Canadian?

The change rate is from the Bank of Canada exchange rates, based on the day the goods are shipped to Canada.

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It is just a sample - free goods. Why do I have to declare it with Customs?

Canada Customs does not accept free goods. All goods that are imported, even free samples, must be properly declared with Customs and a value equal to that of the same good, or similar to that of the free sampl...

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Can I import endangered wild animals and plants/foods?

Environment Canada administers the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora commonly known as CITES. All CITES regulated wild animals and plants whether dead or alive are ...

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How do I import powdered milk into Canada?

Powdered milk is under the tariff rate quota (TRQ) so importer must obtain quota allocation from FAITC prior to importation of this item. That is, importers who have received a prior allocation of the available...

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Can I import Farm equipment to Canada for harvesting crops?

Yes you can - there are a number of questions to be answered - how long will the equipment be in Canada for? Is it used or brand new? Must be imported by a non resident for their use in Harvesting and not avail...

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Can I import Elephant Ivory from Africa into Canada?

You may only import worked African elephant ivory for personal use as part of a household move or inheritance or as a musical instrument provided that the ivory was legally acquired before February 26, 1976; th...

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I am importing into Canada and customs wants to do an examination of my goods, what does that mean?

Customs randomly examines selected shipments to verify compliance. Insufficient or incomplete documentation may delay the clearance of the goods or result in examination. The frequency of examination depends on...

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How do I import a puppy into Canada?

If the puppy is under 3 months old, we will just require the health certificate and bill of sale for the customs clearance. If you are importing the puppy for personal purposes, a broker does not need to be inv...

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I am importing into Canada and my goods are being held up at the border. I have been advised they need to go into a bonded warehouse, what is a bonded warehouse?

A bonded warehouse is a customs approved building or area used for storage of goods that have not been released or are being held for export. They will stay in such warehouse until customs has approved the docu...

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Can imported goods be confiscated by the government?

Yes, that is called seizure. The action where goods which have entered the country illegally are confiscated. Even the conveyances used to transport such goods can also be seized.

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