What You Can Bring
There are strict laws about what you can bring into Canada. If you are planning to bring your motor vehicle, check with Transport Canada (www.tc.gc.ca) to ensure it meets Canadian safety and pollution control standards.
You cannot bring these items into Canada:
- firearms, explosives, fireworks and ammunition;
- narcotics (other than prescription drugs);
- meat, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables;
- endangered species of animals;
- products made from animal parts, such as skin, feathers, fur, bones, and ivory; and
- cultural property, including antique and cultural objects considered to have historical significance in their country of origin (family heirlooms are permitted).
If you are immigrating to Canada permanently, you can bring in your personal and household effects free of duties if you owned, possessed, and used these goods before you arrived in Canada. Adults may bring small amounts of alcohol or cigarettes into Canada.
Before you arrive, you should prepare two copies of a list (preferably typewritten) of all the goods you intend to bring into Canada, showing the value, make, model, and serial number (when applicable). Divide the list into two sections: the goods you are bringing with you, and the goods to follow. You have to present this list to the customs officer when you arrive in Canada.
The National Animal Health Program of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for import requirements for animals and animal products coming into Canada, including pets. The CFIA has prepared basic guidelines for frequently imported pets. Before importing any animal, check the CFIA regulations here.
For more detailed information, visit the Canada Border Services Agency at www.cbsa.gc.ca.