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Commercial importations of food, plant and animal products are subject to the same reporting, accounting and release procedures as importations of any other commodities. However, they are often subject to specific import requirements, such as permits, licences and supporting documents, because of the risks of bringing diseases, pests and invasive species into Canada and the threats to global biodiversity from the trade of endangered species.
As an importer, it is your responsibility to know the specific import requirements for the product you are bringing into Canada, which includes any materials used for transporting or packaging the product (e.g. dunnage or wood packaging materials such as wooden pallets and wooden crates). In many cases, this includes requirements under more than one Canadian act and/or regulation.
You must ensure that your shipment meets all applicable import requirements when it arrives at the Canadian border.
All commercial Importers are recommended to visit the CBSA's for Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into Canada.
All goods subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and Environment and Climate Change Canada's wildlife export requirements must be presented with the proper permits/certificates to the CBSA before the goods can be lawfully exported from Canada. When reviewing documents related to shipments for export, border services officers will inspect the goods and documents for compliance with CITES.
Refer to D19-7-1: Interpretation of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for information on the requirements for exporting CITES and wildlife goods from Canada.
Commercial contact information
For more information, consult the following resources:
- CFIA Import Service Centre
In Canada and the United States call toll-free:
Local calls and all other countries:
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
Endangered species/ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requirements
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