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Travellers: what you can bring into Canada

Information for travellers

Travellers are required, by law, to declare all plant, animal, and food items they bring into Canada. This includes items related to plants, animals and food, or their by-products.

If you bring these products into Canada, you may go through further inspections at the point of entry (that is, border crossings, airports). Be prepared for delays if further inspection is required.

Review the Step-by-step guide if you are importing for commercial purposes.

If you are importing for personal purposes, remember that the product(s) you are importing into Canada must be accompanied by you. If the items are allowed into Canada, you still must declare them on your declaration form. Review the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) What food, plant or animal products can I bring into Canada for more information.

If you are importing alcohol, firearms, tobacco or vehicles, visit the CBSA's I Declare: A guide for residents of Canada returning to Canada or Visitors to Canada and other temporary residents for additional information.

Before you travel, verify the requirements for what you can bring into Canada

Restrictions on what food items you are allowed to bring into Canada vary, depending on the product. Some restrictions also vary based on the province of destination.

Note

Because pest and disease situations are constantly changing, these requirements may be adjusted at any time.

For detailed information, please review the import requirements for specific products using the CFIA's Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). By following the appropriate prompts, you will be able to determine current requirements based on the type of product you want to bring with you.

For assistance in finding or interpreting the requirements listed in AIRS contact the National Import Service Centre (NISC).

The CBSA is responsible for determining duties and taxes for items coming into Canada.

Products allowed into Canada from the United States

Note

Some items do need documents to accompany them.

Animal fat or suet

Baked goods, candies, etc.

Coniferous wreaths and Christmas trees

Dairy products (for example: cheese, milk, yogurt, butter)

Fish and seafood

When importing a susceptible species of aquatic animal, an import permit will not be required when importing individual maximums of each of the following commodities of aquatic animals:

Import permits are required for all live susceptible species of finfish and for amounts of crustaceans and molluscs greater than the limits listed above.

Flowers: cut

Fruits and vegetables

Dried (including herbs)

Fresh

Frozen or canned (including herbs)

Game animal carcasses

Provincial restrictions may apply. For example, on deer, there may be restrictions due to chronic wasting disease.

Infant formula

Leather goods and skins

Meat and poultry products (for example, jerky, sausages, deli meats and patties, foie gras)

Meat and poultry: fresh, frozen and chilled

Note

Within this limit on meat, the CBSA may have specific requirements.

Plants and plant parts for planting

Sea shells and sand

Spices, tea, coffee, condiments

Wooden souvenirs

Must be free of bark, insects or evidence of insect activity

Products allowed into Canada from countries other than the United States

Baked goods, candies, etc.

Dairy products

These items are not allowed:

Fish and seafood

When importing a susceptible species of aquatic animal, an import permit will not be required when importing individual maximums of each of the following commodities of aquatic animals:

Flowers: cut

Fruits and vegetables

Dried

Fresh

When products are permitted, there is a maximum limit of:

Frozen or canned

Herbs, spices, tea, coffee, condiments

Infant formula

Leather goods and skins

Meat

Sea shells and sand

Wooden souvenirs

Required documents

Some items, if allowed into Canada (from the United States or other countries), may require documents such as:

These include:

To request permits contact the Centre of Administration for Permissions. If you do not have the required documents, the items will not be allowed to enter Canada.

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