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. Other commercial importers will have until , to comply with the regulations, but are advised to apply for a license as soon as possible to avoid disruptions. As of , importers who currently require an SFC licence and do not have one may experience delays or refusal of entry of their shipment at the border, and may be subject to other enforcement actions. 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

Commercial importing reporting requirements

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

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

Valuation

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

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