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Rules for International Shipping to Canada

Posted on Thu, May 01, 2014

Our friendly neighbor to the north is a vast land, stretching from coast to coast, beginning at our border and ending in frozen tundra up North. Its provinces offer everything from nature's bounty to urban excitement. Canadians speak English, although French is the primary language in Quebec.

No wonder that with its proximity and size, Canada is our largest trading partner.
Whether you have friends and relatives to our north, or business trade connections that benefit from the NAFTA agreement, we offer the following rules for international shipping to Canada.

Prohibited items
Tobacco products are prohibited unless they are imported in limited quantities for personal consumption and meet the requirements of the Canada Border Services Agency’s enforcement of the Tobacco Act, and one of the following criteria is met:
•    the shipment is between manufacturers and retailers or between retailers, or
•    the product is a replacement product (free of charge) mailed by a manufacturer to a consumer, or
•    the person is otherwise exempted by the regulations.
Firearms (including imitation and replica firearms) are prohibited.
Intoxicating beverages can only be imported into Canada by mail when:
•    they are imported by or mailed to a licensed distiller or body authorized by the board, commission, officer or other governmental agency in the province of destination, and
•    the alcohol content is no greater than 24% alcohol by volume (e.g. 48 proof).

Live animals cannot be mailed unless the mailer has entered a related Agreement with Canada Post prior to mailing. (See also restricted items, below.)
Dangerous goods such as explosives, flammables, poisons, and the like are prohibited.
Gold bullion, gold dust and non-manufactured precious metals are prohibited unless mailed under an Agreement between Canada Post and the mailer.
Restricted items
•    Drugs and other controlled substances
•    Medical/biological material
•    Perishable items such as fish, meat, game, fruits, and vegetables
•    Liquids, liquefiable substances, and powders
•    Bees, day-old chicks, parasites, leeches and some other small cold blooded animals
•    Plants

If you ship items that qualify under the NAFTA Rules of Origin, you may need to complete a NAFTA Certificate of Origin to benefit from duty-free status. If the item’s value is less than CAD$2,500, you may write a statement on the Commercial Invoice instead, however.

The good news

Take heart in the fact that over $680 billion in goods and services does cross the U.S./Canada border annually.

Planning to ship internationally? We recommend using a shipping service with experience in the detailed requirements of each country. At Pack n Send, we take pride in our international shipping service. Questions? Please contact us for assistance.

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