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Canada Customs Allowances For Personal Importations &
Canada Customs Rules On The Importation Of Consumer Products


Canada Customs Personal Exemptions For Residents

Residents are entitled to personal exemptions when returning to Canada. Canada Customs allowances vary depending on the length of stay outside of Canada.

Who is eligible for these Canada Customs exemptions?
Tips
Young children and infants are also entitled to the same personal exemption amounts as long as the imported goods are for their use. Parents are responsible for declaring the imported goods on behalf of the children.




Amount Of Canada Customs Personal Exemptions Based On Length Of Stay Outside Of Canada


After each absence of 24 hours or more

Residents can claim up to CAN$200 worth of goods without paying any duties. This is a personal exemption.

You must have the goods with you when you arrive in Canada and you cannot include tobacco products or alcoholic beverages in this exemption. If the goods you bring in are worth more than CAN$200 in total, you cannot claim this exemption. Instead, you have to pay full duties on all goods you bring in.


After each absence of 48 hours or more

Residents can claim up to CAN$800 worth of goods without paying any duties.

You must have the goods with you when you arrive in Canada. Although you can include some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, a partial exemption may apply to cigarettes, tobacco products and manufactured tobacco. See the sections called "Alcoholic beverages" and "Tobacco products" for more details.


After each absence of 7 days or more

Residents can claim up to CAN$800 worth of goods without paying any duties. Although you can include some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, a partial exemption may apply to cigarettes, tobacco products and manufactured tobacco. See the sections called "Alcoholic beverages" and "Tobacco products" for more details. With the exception of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, you do not need to have the goods with you when you arrive.

To calculate the number of days you have been absent, do not include the date you left Canada but include the date you returned. Dates matter but not times. For example, we consider you to have been absent seven days if you left Friday the 7th and returned Friday the 14th.





Canada Customs Rules On The Importation Of Consumer Products For Personal Use

Every day, many consumer products enter Canada through Canada Customs. Some products are brought home by residents travelling outside of the country. Other consumer products have been imported into Canada by Canadian consumers over the Internet.

Consumer products are subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) which protects consumers from unsafe products.

Under the CCPSA, some products are banned and subject to be detained at Canada Customs. Other consumer products may need to meet Canadian regulatory requirements to be allowed into Canada. Many of these regulatory requirements are stricter in Canada than in other countries.

Tips
be aware of consumer products that may be prohibited or that are subject to safety requirements. consult the health canada brochure entitled “bringing consumer products into canada” before purchasing a consumer product outside canada.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/consumer_prod-consommation-eng.php




Canada Customs And The GST/HST

Taxable goods or in other words, goods that would normally be subject to the GST/HST in the province of residence of an individual, are also taxable when arriving at Canada Customs. For example, if you purchase a $400 product in the US during a day trip, and the product was produced in the United States, customs duties would not apply since they are entitled to the duty free rate under NAFTA. However, the product would be subject to the GST/HST, if the product is normally taxable when purchased in Canada. Therefore, the CBSA would collect the GST/HST when you report your goods at Canada Customs.





Canada Customs Allowances For The Importation Of Certain Agricultural Products From The United States Or Mexico Under The Nafta Provisions

Not all products originating from a NAFTA country are duty free. Some NAFTA agricultural products are in fact dutiable at a rate of up to 313.5%, such is the case for fats derived from milk.

The allowances listed below are per household. They are duty free when imported from a NAFTA country, they are however dutiable when imported from a country that has no free trade agreement with Canada. The GST and HST are not applicable on these products.

Any resident of Canada may, under the authority of specific agricultural sector General Import Permits (GIPs), import into Canada limited quantities of goods listed below for the personal use of the importer and the importer’s household:

General Import Permit No. 1 – Dairy Products for Personal Use - The allowance is for $20 of dairy products such as ice cream, cheese, cream containing more than 6% fat, etc. per household. Milk and cream of less than 6% fat are not subject to the $20 limit.

General Import Permit No. 2 – Chickens and Chicken Products for Personal Use - The allowance is for 10 kg of chicken products per household.

General Import Permit No. 3 – Wheat and Wheat Products and Barley and Barley Products for Personal Use - The allowance is for any quantity of these products per household.

General Import Permit No. 7 – Turkeys and Turkey Products for Personal Use - The allowance is for one turkey or 10 kg of turkey products per household.

General Import Permit No. 8 – Eggs for Personal Use - The allowance is for two (2) dozen eggs any size per household.

General Import Permit No. 13 – Beef and Veal for Personal Use - The allowance is for 10 kg of beef or veal per household.

General Import Permit No. 14 – Margarine for Personal Use - The allowance is for 3 kg of margarine per household. The allowance is increased to 12 kg if the importer has a medical prescription for the margarine.

Tips
IF TWO PEOPLE ARE TRAVELLING IN THE SAME VEHICLE WHEN ARRIVING AT CANADA CUSTOMS, THEY ARE BOTH ENTITLED TO HOUSEHOLD QUANTITY ALLOWANCES IF THEY LIVE AT DIFFERENT ADDRESSES. IF THEY LIVE AT THE SAME ADDRESS, THEY ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO CLAIM A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD ALLOWANCE. PROOF OF ADDRESS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE CBSA.

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