Small and medium enterprises toolkit

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.

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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 and eManifest portal
eManifest policies, procedures and operations, and the eManifest portal.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Importing
Understand how to comply with import laws and regulations.
Information on the CBSA's Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) Project.
Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods
Complements the Step-by-Step Guide to Importing
Free and Secure Trade
Find out about our commercial clearance program
Other Government Departments and Agencies: Reference List for Importers
Commonly imported goods requiring import permits, and/or certificates and contact information.
Single Window Initiative
Simplifies import process


Exporting Goods from Canada: A Handy Guide
Understand how to comply with export laws and regulations.
Checklist for Exporting Commercial Goods
Complements the Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
Other Government Departments and Agencies: Reference List for Exporters
Commonly exported goods requiring export permits, and/or certificates and contact information.

Other CBSA resources

Publications and forms
CBSA Customs Notices, D Memoranda, guides, forms (such as B3 and B4) and other corporate documents.
Video gallery
Find out about import and export processes, and CBSA programs and initiatives.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
Information, documents and tools to transmit commercial electronic data to the CBSA.
Licensed Customs Brokers
Importers may authorize an agent to transact business with the CBSA on their behalf.
Trade compliance verifications
Random verifications and priorities help ensure compliance with trade requirements.
CBSA Today: Commercial News for Stakeholders
This newsletter provides useful CBSA updates to our trade chain partners.
CBSA acronyms and abbreviations
Frequently used CBSA acronyms, abbreviations and their meanings.
CBSA glossary
Terminology used in CBSA documents.
Canadian Customs Tariff
Classification numbers and the applicable rates of duty for imported or exported goods.
Advance Rulings for Tariff Classification
Helps the importing community determine the proper tariff classification of goods.
Harmonized System (HS) compliance
Mandatory classification and declaration of goods coming into or leaving Canada
Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)
Monetary penalties for violating trade and border acts and regulations.
Antidumping and countervailing
Find out what to do if you suspect unfair competition from imported goods.

Other government resources


BizPal - business permits and licences
Streamlines the process of obtaining business permits and licences.
Canada Business Network
Provides a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.
Canadian Importers Database
Provides summary reports and lists of companies importing goods into Canada.
Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database
Detailed trade data using the Harmonized System (HS) classification of goods
Canadian Export Classification
Allows Canada to meet its obligations, under the HS Convention, with respect to export trade statistics.
Canadian Automated Export Declaration
Report exported goods electronically to the Government of Canada.
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Advocates on behalf of SMEs and encourages their participation in federal government procurement.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
Helps Canadian companies and organizations succeed globally.
Export and Import Controls
Find information about exports and imports of controlled products.

United States

Contact information

Border Information Service (BIS)
An automated, 24-hour telephone service that provides general border services information. During regular business hours, you can speak directly to an agent.
CBSA Trade Operations offices
Offices that conduct compliance verifications and provide trade services including rulings, B2 adjustments, drawbacks and duties relief.
Contact Us
For general CBSA enquiries.
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