Notice for importers: Cannabis
Despite legalization in Canada, only Health Canada retains the authority to issue permits or grant exemptions to import or export cannabis, under very limited circumstances. For importers with the Health Canada granted authority, please refer to Customs Notice 18-19 on calculating cannabis duty and additional cannabis duty imposed on packaged cannabis products. For more information, consult cannabis (marijuana) legalization.
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.
We understand that importing and exporting goods can be a complex process for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The information on this page will help you meet your border and trade information needs and comply with CBSA requirements.
eManifest policies, procedures and operations, and the eManifest portal.
Understand how to comply with import laws and regulations.
Information on the CBSA's Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) Project.
Complements the Step-by-Step Guide to Importing
Find out about our commercial clearance program
Commonly imported goods requiring import permits, and/or certificates and contact information.
Simplifies import process
Understand how to comply with export laws and regulations.
Complements the Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
Commonly exported goods requiring export permits, and/or certificates and contact information.
Other CBSA resources
CBSA Customs Notices, D Memoranda, guides, forms (such as B3 and B4) and other corporate documents.
Find out about import and export processes, and CBSA programs and initiatives.
Information, documents and tools to transmit commercial electronic data to the CBSA.
Importers may authorize an agent to transact business with the CBSA on their behalf.
Random verifications and priorities help ensure compliance with trade requirements.
This newsletter provides useful CBSA updates to our trade chain partners.
Frequently used CBSA acronyms, abbreviations and their meanings.
Terminology used in CBSA documents.
Classification numbers and the applicable rates of duty for imported or exported goods.
Helps the importing community determine the proper tariff classification of goods.
Mandatory classification and declaration of goods coming into or leaving Canada
Monetary penalties for violating trade and border acts and regulations.
Find out what to do if you suspect unfair competition from imported goods.
Other government resources
Streamlines the process of obtaining business permits and licences.
Provides a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.
Provides summary reports and lists of companies importing goods into Canada.
Detailed trade data using the Harmonized System (HS) classification of goods
Allows Canada to meet its obligations, under the HS Convention, with respect to export trade statistics.
Report exported goods electronically to the Government of Canada.
Advocates on behalf of SMEs and encourages their participation in federal government procurement.
Helps Canadian companies and organizations succeed globally.
Find information about exports and imports of controlled products.
An automated, 24-hour telephone service that provides general border services information. During regular business hours, you can speak directly to an agent.
Offices that conduct compliance verifications and provide trade services including rulings, B2 adjustments, drawbacks and duties relief.
For general CBSA enquiries.
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