What you can bring

Wedding gifts

If you get married within three months of coming to Canada or if you plan to marry no later than three months after you arrive here, you may bring your wedding gifts without paying duty. However, you must have owned them before you arrived in Canada. In these items the “use” requirement for the goods does not apply. These same conditions apply 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.

Learn more about rules regarding these products.


Vehicles brought into Canada for personal use are duty free. Some restrictions may apply. Cars must meet Canadian safety and pollution control standards.

Learn more about importing vehicles into Canada.

Restricted items

Learn about the restrictions on bringing firearms into Canada:

Also learn about restrictions on bringing endangered species, animals and plants into Canada.

Jewelry or precious ornaments

Officers may ask you questions about these items during your customs interview. Make sure you describe these items on your list of goods. To avoid delays at customs when you enter Canada:

  • On your list of goods, use the wording from your insurance policy or jeweler’s appraisal.
  • Have photographs of the items.
  • Know how much you paid for the items or have a receipt showing how much you paid. You do not 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, but you must declare them. For gifts worth more than CDN $60, you may have to pay duties and taxes on the excess amount. You cannot import tobacco and alcohol as gifts.


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