Importing commercial goods

Make importing easier by taking advantage of the programs and services offered by Canada Border Services Agency.

Notice: Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are in effect. As of January 2019, commercial importers of certain foods require a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence to import food into Canada. As of July 15, 2020, the SFCR will come fully into force for the manufactured food sector and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) will be updated accordingly. However, as announced on April 7, 2020, the CFIA will not prioritize compliance activities related to these requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, including SFCR timelines and guidance, please refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

Services and information

Step-by-step guide to importing

Preparing to import, classifying your goods, determining duties and taxes, shipping, examining, reporting, getting your goods released

Importing checklist

Importing requirements, quick reference

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement: What importers need to know

Customs changes, certifying origins and other key changes affecting imports

Commercial importing reporting requirements

Regulatory requirements, D-Memoranda, customs notices, forms, resources

Features and benefits: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management

Preparing the importing industry for the transition to CARM

Other government department reference list

Commodities, areas of responsibility, websites, phone numbers

Commercial payments and accounts

Daily notice, statement of account, payments, disbursements, off-setting, support offices, third-party service providers

Customs tariff

HS codes, duty rates, current customs tariff, past customs tariffs

Advance rulings for tariff classification

Benefits, who can request, how to request, disputes


Legislation, methods, interpretations

Origin of goods

Legislation, interpretations, requirements, proof of origin, record keeping

Marine container examination

Process map, responsibilities, frequently asked questions

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and portal clients

Become a client, resources, outages, contacts, stay informed

High-volume e-commerce shipments

Plan ahead, transmit data and meet CBSA importing requirements

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