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If you intend to bring animals (including pets) or plants into Canada, you should be aware that fees apply to some inspection and quarantine services provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and/or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Travellers and commercial importers who use inspection and quarantine services to bring animals or plants into Canada must pay a portion of the cost for the CBSA or the CFIA to provide these services.
Why is inspection necessary?
Animals and plants coming into Canada are monitored and inspected to prevent the introduction of diseases and pests that could pose a risk to the country's health, wildlife, pets, livestock, crops, forests, lakes, rivers and oceans. Sometimes, imported animals and plants must be quarantined in order to verify that they are free of harmful diseases and pests. Inspections are also necessary to ensure compliance with Canada's wildlife trade laws.
The goods and services tax and other applicable taxes may be charged on inspection services. The fees and taxes cannot be claimed under a traveller's personal exemption.
Note that these fees are subject to change.
For more information, consult the complete list of inspection types and associated fees.
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