Canada Customs

When returning to Canada from another country, it is important to remember that not all goods from other countries are allowed to pass through Canada customs.  Many goods are prohibited from being imported into Canada.  Other goods may be allowed, but are subject to a tax or duty fee.  If an attempt is made to falsely declare or import restricted goods into Canada, the goods may be seized and the importer could face prosecution.  Officials at Canada customs will carefully check for any violations, so it is best to be aware of importation restrictions before crossing the border.

To protect the Canadian economy, there are import controls placed on goods such as textiles, clothing, handbags, and other accessories.  If they exceed a certain value or quantity, you can be subject to fees, even if the goods you are bringing over are for yourself.  In this case, an import permit may be required.  A small quantity of an item may be permitted without any duty charges.  When larger quantities of goods are purchased, however, a duty fee may be involved.  To avoid confusion and trouble, be sure to declare all goods purchased abroad while going through Canada customs.  Failure to do so could result in fines and prosecution.

Certain items, like specific foods, plants, and animals, are prohibited outright to avoid the spread of diseases, parasites, and unwanted non-native animals.  The regulations regarding food, plant, and animal imports are complicated.  If you have any doubts or questions, be sure to declare that item to the Canada customs official.  Other items that are prohibited from import include obscene materials such as child pornography and hate propaganda.  Some other goods, like ammunition and explosives, require a permit.  If you cooperate with Canada customs officials, have proper permits, and fully disclose the items you are bringing over the border, you will avoid legal punishment.