You are entitled to claim a duty- and tax-free personal exemption of a maximum value of CAN$800 for goods you acquired abroad or while in transit. The Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection Department are very concerned about the safety of children crossing the border. A special duty rate applies to cigarettes, manufactured tobacco and tobacco sticks that are not stamped "duty paid Canada droit acquitté". Goods that arrive later will only qualify for duty- and tax-free importation under your entitlement if they are on your original list. Imported goods into a participating province. The following are some examples of restricted or prohibited goods: For more information consult the Restricted and Prohibited Goods page. You therefore have to declare the full value of the new item. If you have bills of sale and registration documents, they can help you prove that you meet these requirements. U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, consumer products that have safety requirements in Canada. Whether they are stamped or unstamped, if you bring in tobacco products that exceed your personal exemption, you will be required to pay the regular duty and taxes as well as any provincial or territorial levies that apply on the excess amount. Entering Canada After arriving at YYC, you will be need to process through Canada Customs before being granted entry into Canada. You won't interact with customs or immigration as a general rule. The limit is currently five units of tobacco products. Leased goods are subject to duty and taxes because the CBSA does not consider you to own them. You must declare all goods when you arrive at the first CBSA port of entry. The record of entry from the U.S. will serve as a record of exit from Canada. More about the CANPASS Air Program Opens in New Window. You do not have to own, possess or use these goods before you return to Canada to resume residence. In most cases, the HST applies at the border to taxable importations of non-commercial goods imported by a resident of a participating province, regardless of the point of entry into Canada or customs clearance.. used on behalf of a business based in Canada; given as a gift to a Canadian resident; or. Do not fold the card. These goods are subject to regular duty and taxes. Under the customs legislation, if you take any item outside of Canada and change it in any way to enhance its condition or value, the CBSA does not consider it to be the same item when you bring it back into the country. More about the CANPASS Air Program Opens in New Window. If one is flying into the United States with a first stop or change of planes in Canada, like on Air Canada, one goes through customs procedures in Canada, recovers baggage, and then boards the connecting flight to the United States by domestic flight. If this happens, you will be issued a Temporary Admission Permit. A house or a large trailer you use as a residence and any goods you use or will use commercially are not eligible as personal or household effects. Monetary instruments include items such as stocks, bonds, bank drafts, cheques, and travellers' cheques. The list should indicate the value, make, model and serial number (where applicable) of all the goods. Our BSOs check goods you are bringing in or taking out of Canada to verify what you have declared. Refer to the Alcoholic beverages section of I Declare, Refer to the Tobacco products section of I Declare. Certain goods are restricted or prohibited in Canada. On the return to Canada it's slightly less frenetic. Many have established websites that charge a fee to provide information and submit eTA applications. Leaving Canada When departing Canada by air with Can$10,000 or more in your possession, you must report to the CBSA office within the airport, before clearing security. Canada Border Services Agency Opens in New Window; Citizenship and Immigration Canada Opens in New Window; CANPASS Air Program. The governments of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, for example, all provide customs information for travelers on their websites. When arriving in Canada you must, by Canadian law, report to a BSO, answer all questions truthfully, and accurately report your goods. A passport may be required by your airline or other transportation authority, since it is the only universally-accepted identification document. U.S. citizens who are members of the NEXUS program can use their membership card as proof of identification and citizenship when entering Canada by land, air or water. Once the cards are complete you can detach and discard the instructions. This also includes your mode of transportation, including vehicles, private boats and aircraft. Check our COVID-19 safety and security advice for Canadians abroad.. If you’re departing from one of these destinations, you’ll clear customs before boarding your flight instead of upon arrival into the US. For more information, refer to Memorandum D2-2-2, Settlers' Effects Acquired With Blocked Currencies. Visit Current border measures and requirements for information about how COVID-19 is affecting travellers, border services, programs and business. For more information, visit the Private boaters page. Goods that arrive later will only qualify for duty- and tax-free importation under your entitlement if they are on your original list. Refer to the Customs Tariff, the Customs Act and the related regulations to ensure all legal requirements are fulfilled. For a step-by-step guide, consult Arriving by Air. When leaving and entering a country, some packages or shipments, such as crucial inventory, business to business (B2B) proposals or customer orders are flagged and can be withheld by that country's government for further inspection. To speed up your customs processing, download the CanBorder e-Declaration App and save time at the border. Bring a pen in your carry-on baggage to complete the card before you arrive. To claim free importation of goods, you must satisfy the CBSA at the time of importation that the country from which you emigrated does apply currency restrictions and that, due to such restrictions, your currency could not be exported at the time of emigration. Prior to leaving Canada by land, boat or rail, report to the CBSA office nearest your location. If there are more than four people living at your address use one additional card for each additional group of four or fewer people. For more information, including instructions on how to report your intent to import or export currency in person, by mail, or by courier, you can consult Travelling with CAN$10,000 or more. Note: You must be 18 years of age to bring tobacco products into Canada under your personal exemption. Because jewellery is often very valuable and can be difficult to identify, you should travel with as little as possible.Take the following steps before you leave Canada. This will help us get you on your way as quickly as possible. With respect to leaving Canada, several statutes lay out what duties travellers have. If you have any questions about the card or Canadian regulations, ask the BSO when you arrive. On March 21, 2020, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada temporarily restricted non-essential travel across the US-Canada land borders. Be sure to keep the card handy along with your identification and other travel documents. For more information, refer to Memorandum D2-2-1, Settlers' Effects - Tariff Item No. "You will clear customs in the country you arrive at not leave from. If a gift is wrapped, a BSO may need to un-wrap the gift to examine the goods you are bringing into Canada. Referrals to secondary inspection are a normal part of the cross-border travel process that any visitor to Canada may experience. Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, ensure you carry proof of your status such as a U.S. We will keep a copy and give you one for your records. Have all required identification and travel documents in hand. When you leave Canada, you are considered to have sold certain types of property (even if you have not sold them) at their fair market value, and to have immediately reacquired them for the same amount. If you declare goods when you arrive and take them back with you when you leave, you will not have to pay any duty or taxes. You may be asked to present these documents to the Border Services Officer (BSO) when you arrive at the border. If you wish to import cigarettes, manufactured tobacco and tobacco sticks duty free as part of your personal exemption, the packages must be stamped "duty paid Canada droit acquitté". entering Canada with the intention of establishing, for the first time, a residence for one year or more (in the Customs Tariff, such a person is referred to as a "settler"); a former resident, moving back to Canada to resume residence after a continuous absence of one year or more, or after being a resident of another country for a period of one year or more. The laws governing Canada customs and duties allow for goods declared upon entering Canada to be free of tariff (duty) and taxes; these items cannot be left behind when visitors leave the country. 9807.00.00, Memorandum D2-3-2, Former Residents of Canada – Tariff Item No. If they do, you may be able to take advantage of a special provision that will allow you to claim free importation of certain goods. Last update: 2017-10-25 If you are travelling with gifts, do not wrap them before crossing the border. You can include the following personal and household effects in your duty- and tax-free entitlement: Describe each item of jewellery you plan to bring into Canada on the list of goods you submit. Travellers who apply for an eTA are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer help in getting an eTA. "One year" means one calendar year from your date of departure. This makes it easier to identify the jewellery when you first enter Canada, and later when you return from abroad with the jewellery. Whether you are returning home or visiting, you will follow the same straightforward process to enter Canada. count your cash or travellers cheques, in your presence. The CBSA classifies "cooler" products according to the alcoholic beverage they contain. That is why the officer may not always answer specific questions about a Secondary Inspection. To avoid the possibility of penalties, including seizure or prosecution, make sure you have the information you need before attempting to bring items into Canada. There are no limits to the amount of money that travelers may bring into or take out of Canada. 9807.00.00 and Memorandum D2-3-2, Former Residents of Canada – Tariff Item No. In the case of former residents, you must have owned, possessed and used the goods abroad for at least six months before returning to resume residence. If you have been away for 7 days or more, then you may bring back $800 Canadian worth of things, duty-free. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.