Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) manages the movement of people and goods into Canada.

What can I bring back in to Canada?

When you return to Canada, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemptionPersonal exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value into the country without paying the regular duties. If you have been outside Canada for: 
  • 24 hours or more, you can bring in CAN$200 worth of goods free of duty and tax. If the goods you bring in are worth more than CAN$200 in total, you cannot claim this exemption. Instead you have to pay full applicable duties and taxes on all goods you bring in.
  • 48 hours or more, you can bring in CAN$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax;
  • 7 days or more, you can bring in CAN$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax. Goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (via courier, mail or delivery agency).

What is prohibited from being brought back in to Canada?

There are some products that are prohibited in Canada and subject to being detained at the Canadian border. Others may need to meet Canadian safety requirements to be allowed into Canada. Please see a list of a few products that may be subject to being detained at the Canadian Border below:
  • Baby walkers;
  • Yoyo balls - pose a risk of strangulation;
  • Balloon blowing kits - that contain a poisonous organic solvent.

For a full list of prohibited items please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

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