Hamilton Travel: Canada Customs Rules
Allowed into Canada All items must be clean and free of pests, soil and roots.
From Most Countries
Cheese Except if packed in whey.
20 kg/person to a maximum of $20.
Baby formula Commercially packaged
Seeds Small seed:500 g/person,
Large seed (such as beans): 5 kg
Cut flowers Except coniferousfoliage/green cones.
Must not be for propagation.
Fresh fruits: tropical
Fruits and vegetables:
frozen, canned or dried 20 kg/person Some fresh vegetables Root crops are regulated. Contact CFIA
Herbs, spices, tea, coffee, condiments
Bakery goods,candies, etc.
Except those containing meat
Fish and seafood
All species except puffer fish and Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir)
Leather goods and skins
Fully tanned hides and skins
Must be free of bark, insects
Allowed from the United States.
Proof of origin may be required. Update to Import Restrictions - United States
Temperate fruits (e.g. those grown in Canada)
Restricted, contact CFIA
Most mainland U.S. States
Coniferous wreaths, Christmas trees
Some mainland U.S. States
Conifers and garden plants
Restricted, contact CFIA
fresh/frozen/chilled 20 kg/person
jerky, sausages, deli meats, patties, etc. 20 kg/person
Game animal carcasses
With hunter's permit
Animal fat or suet
When are documents required?
Meat and dairy products, nuts, plants, fruits and live animals, if allowed into Canada, may require permits issued in Canada in advance, and/or certificates from the country of origin. Contact CFIA.
Without required documents, entry is not permitted. Some products, plants or animals may be seized and disposed of, or ordered removed from Canada. Others may require treatment before they can stay. Travellers are responsible for all costs related to disposal, quarantine or treatment.
Does my pet need a permit?
Many live animals require permits. Often animals require a health inspection in the country of origin. Contact CFIA well in advance. A domestic dog or cat travelling with the owner need only meet the rabies certification requirements. Check the CFIA Web site under "Pet Imports" for more information.
Can CFIA supply all the information I need about plants and animals?No. Some provinces have special requirements, as do other federal departments and agencies such as Environment Canada and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. For instance, Canada has import and export requirements for some 30,000 wild animals, including fish, and plant species and their products listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
For information regarding CITES, phone the Canadian Wildlife Service at 1- 800-668-6767. Web site: http://www.cites.ec.gc.ca/
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