Bringing Foreign Goods To Canada

Bringing Foreign Goods To Canada is allowed. You may bring your personal and household goods with you without paying duty when you move to Canada. Any item you bring with you that hasn’t been used, you’ll have to pay duty on that item. A duty is a fee that the government charges on some goods when they enter Canada. You don’t have to pay duty on the following:

  • books
  • linens
  • clothes
  • jewellery
  • antiques
  • furniture
  • silverware
  • musical instruments
  • gifts worth CDN $60 or less each
  • hobby tools and other hobby items
  • private collections of coins, stamps or art
  • appliances, such as a stove or refrigerator

You do have to pay duty on:

  • farm equipment
  • equipment you plan to use in:
    • contracting
    • construction
    • manufacturing
  • vehicles you plan to use for business
  • items you have bought on your way to Canada
  • items you have leased or rented
    • we don’t consider leased or rented items things that you own

If you’re not sure if you have to pay duty on some items, bring sales receipts and registration documents with you.

You may bring your wedding gifts without paying duty if you:

  • Get married within three months of coming to Canada
  • Plan to marry no later than three months after you arrive here

However, you must have owned the gifts before you arrived in Canada. These also applies to household goods you bring in as wedding gifts.

Alcohol and tobacco

If you bring alcohol or tobacco, you may have to pay duty on it.


Vehicles you bring into Canada for personal use are duty-free. There may be some limits. Cars must meet Canadian safety and pollution control standards.

Jewellery or precious ornaments

Officers may ask you questions about your jewellery or precious ornaments during your customs interview. Ensure you describe these items on your list of goods to avoid any misunderstanding. To avoid delays at the customs office when you enter Canada, you must:

  • Use the wording from your insurance policy or jeweler’s appraisal on your list of goods
  • Include photographs of the items
  • Make sure you keep the receipt which shows how much you paid for the items

You don’t need to pay duty or tax on family heirlooms


You must declare all gifts to the Canada Border Services Agency. You:

  • Can bring in gifts worth CDN $60 or less each duty-free and tax-free
  • May have to pay duties and taxes on any amount over CDN $60
  • Can’t import tobacco and alcohol as gifts

You can also see the latest important Canada immigration rule changes for 2019.