What You Can Bring Into Canada

Residents of the United States who visit Canada are allowed to bring in a "reasonable" amount of personal goods duty free. The amount you bring in should be in line with how long you plan to visit. Below are the limits you are allowed for regulated items.

Alcohol: If you meet the age requirements of the province or territory where you enter Canada (19 years old in Ontario), you are allowed to bring in, free of duty and taxes, either 1.5 litres of wine, or 1.14 litres (40 oz) of liquor, or 24 x 355 millilitres (12 oz) cans or bottles (8.5) litres of beer or ale.

Tobacco: If you meet the age requirements of the province or territory where you enter Canada, you are allowed to bring the following amounts of tobacco without paying duty: up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 grams (7 oz) of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks. You may bring in additional quantities, but you must pay duties and taxes on the excess amount.

Beef: Americans are allowed to bring in beef products into Canada for personal consumption only - Up to 5 kg (approximately 11 lbs.) per person.

Gifts: You are allowed to bring in one gift for family or friends with a value up to $60 CAD.

Potatoes: Processed or canned are admissible only.

Eggs: Each person is only allowed.

The regulations regarding allowable food products can change. If you have any concerns about what you plan to bring, please call the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to see if any products have been added to or taken off the list above. Call 1-800-835-4486 or visit www.inspection.gc.ca.




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