Bringing goods to Canada

What you can bring

When you move to Canada from another country, you may bring your personal and household goods with you without paying duty. But you will have to pay duty on any item you bring that has not been used. A duty is a fee that the government charges on some goods when they enter Canada.

You do not have to pay duty on:

  • Antiques
  • Appliances, such as a stove or refrigerator
  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Hobby tools and other hobby items
  • Jewelry
  • Linens
  • Musical instruments
  • Private collections of coins, stamps or art
  • Silverware
  • Gifts (worth CDN $60 or less each)

You do have to pay duty on:

  • Items you have leased or rented. The Canada Border Service Agency does not consider that you own leased or rented items.
  • Items you have bought on your way to Canada
  • Vehicles you plan to use for business
  • Farm equipment
  • Equipment you plan to use in construction, contracting or manufacturing

If you are unsure about whether or not you have to pay duty on certain items, bring sales receipts and registration documents with you.

 
 
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