Importing by mail or courier

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The Canada Border Services Agency collects duty and taxes on imported items (including all online shopping), on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Clearing international mail into Canada

A proper declaration must be made on any items being imported by mail. This allows the CBSA to correctly assess the incoming goods.

Note: Canada Post charges a handling fee to process goods imported as mail that is subject to duty and/or tax. If the item is duty-free and tax exempt, no amount is charged. Visit Canada Post for more information.

Importing goods by courier

If your goods are for personal use, your courier company may take care of the customs details for you. Check the shipping and handling fees that may apply when completing your purchase.

Both personal and commercial imported goods can qualify for the Courier Low Value Shipment Program.  

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