Canada Duty Free Exemptions

Duty Free Rules for Canada

Canada Duty Free Allowances The Canadian Border Agency rules on duty free allowances and exemptions on entering Canada fall into two main categories • visitors/tourists and residents.The duty free rules for visitors and tourists in Canada are relatively simple and the following items can be brought into Canada without paying duty.

These allowances apply to both International visitors arriving through airports (Toronto and Vancouver being the most popular) as well as cross-border land crossings from the United States.

  • Alcohol – remember these are either/or options
  • 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine or
  • 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of liquor.
  • Or a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of wine and liquor or
  • 24 x 355 millilitre (12 ounce) cans or bottles (maximum up to 8.5 litres) of beer.

Remember, there are minimum ages for the importation of alcohol which are:

  • 18 years of age for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.
  • 19 years of age for British Columbia, Labrador, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
  • Tobacco – all of the following
  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars or cigarillos
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco and
  • 200 tobacco sticks

For other items, either for personal use or as gifts, there are few restrictions. You may enter Canada with cameras, you are allowed a reasonable amount of film and perfume. Gifts (these exclude tobacco, alcohol and advertising material) have a maximum value limit of $60.00 (Canadian Dollars) each.Medicines, Drugs and Syringes: Prescription medicines (including Syringes) should be in their original packaging and labelled, with all details clearly showing.

Rules governing Canadian residents wishing to bring in effects free of duty and taxes differ. The amounts that can be brought in will be dependant on the amount of time you have been outside/away/absent from Canada.Less than 24 hours: No allowances and exemptions can be claimed.
24 hours > 48 hours You may bring in up to C$200 of goods free of duty and taxes. However, there is no exemption for Alcohol and Tobacco.
48 Hours > 7 Days You may bring in up to C$800 worth of goods which may include a proportion of alcohol and tobacco. All items must be with you when you arrive at point of entry.
7 Days +  You may bring in C$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax which, again, may include tobacco and alcohol.
Duty free and tax free allowances/exemptions cannot be shared.

IMPORTANT: When planning your trip and calculating your dates to take advantage of the different rules, do NOT include the date you left Canada but you CAN include the return date.

C$ means Canadian Dollar
Customs rules, terms and conditions change frequently – please do check before you buy

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