Canada

CANADA – CUSTOMS INFORMATION

Imports
General Import Guidelines
Import Duties and Fees
Imports Required Documents
General Imports

Re-Export
Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return
Exports
Transiting Goods
Prohibited / Restricted Goods
Aramex Clearance Service
References

View Canada Customs HS Codes

Imports

General Import Guidelines
The importer must have a valid importer number from Canada Revenue Agency
Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, an Original Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, and a Packing List
HS Codes must be stated clearly on Commercial Invoice. If the HS Codes are not stated, Customs will determine proper HS Codes based on the goods based on the stated description

Import Duties and Fees
The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Canada
Customs tariff applicable on imported goods depend on HS Codes
Goods and Service Tax (GST) will be imposed on imported goods is 5%
International express or courier imports with declared value below CAD 20 are duty free
Goods with declared value of more than a CAD 20 will be treated as normal cargo goods, and will require a formal customs clearance

The following are trade agreements with Canada that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA)
Canada-European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA)
Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA)
General Preferential Tariff (GPT)
North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Canada. The below documents are required:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)

Re-Export

Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Canada for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)
Temporary Admission Permit

Temporary Import – Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Canada on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance, a deposit amount equivalent to customs duties has to be made for the benefit of Customs Authorities. The deposit is refunded upon exporting the goods. If the goods are not being exported the deposit is forfeited. The below documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)
Temporary Admission Permit

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More

Exports

When exporting goods from Canada some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:
Original Commercial Invoice
Customs Declaration(B13-A ) if goods’ value is above CAD 2,500. The Customs Declaration needs to contain the exporter’s business registration number. Fee: CAD 35 (equivalent to USD 33) per Customs Declaration presented to customs authorities
For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, chemicals, technological, electronic goods, textiles, and agricultural goods. For more information go to Trade Controls & Technical Barriers Bureau (TCTBB) , or click here to check if your goods require an export license
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this )

Important Notes
All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Canada. For more information click here
For more information on exporting from the Canada click here

Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Canada can only remain for 30 days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the following documents are needed:
Original Waybill
Original Commercial Invoice
Certificate of Origin approved by Chamber of Commerce
Packing List (detailed)

Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Canada

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:
Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
Fireworks*
Ivory and ivory products*
Furs*
Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
Bullion*
Chemical waste and nuclear waste
Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
Ammunitions*
Human remains, including ashes*
Animals, plants, food items and perishable*
Used automobiles of all kinds (except from the United States)
Used mattresses
Articles manufactured or produced by prisoners

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Canada. Some examples are shown below:

Food products require approval from Canadian Food inspection Agency
Pharmaceutical products, and cosmetics require approval from Health Canada
Live animals and plants require approval from CITES and Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Electronics and communications products require approval from Natural Resources Canada

Aramex Clearance Service

Aramex offers clearance service covering the following Customs Ports:

Calgary International Airport
Edmonton International Airport
Port of Halifax
Port of Montreal
Port of Toronto
Regina International Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

Aramex offers a wide range of customs clearance services (starting with Delivery Order collection up to delivery of goods). In addition, Aramex offers storage in Aramex warehouses when needed.

In key locations, Aramex employees are certified and supported by a customer service team to keep customers updated, and address all inquiries. Please contact our Aramex Customer Service team for an offer

References

Canada Customs
Canada Customs HS Codes
Customs Terminologies

Useful Customs Forms
Temporary Admission Permit

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