Customs and Duty

Customs Offices
To locate your nearest customs office, please call the Border Information Service (BIS).
From within Canada, call: 1 800 461-9999 (toll free)
From outside Canada, call: (204) 983-3500 or (506) 636-5064 (long-distance charges apply)

Alcoholic Beverages
Visitors arriving in Ontario who are 19 years of age or older may import, duty and tax free, for personal use, either: 1.5 litres (52.7 oz.) of wine or 1.14L (40 oz.) of liquor or spirits; or 24 x 355 mL (12 oz.) cans or bottles of beer, ale, or their equivalent. Visitors can import more alcoholic beverages (up to 45 litres or 11.9 U.S. gallons), if they are willing to pay the Ontario fees and taxes in addition to the duties that apply.

Tobacco Products
Visitors arriving in Ontario who are 19 years of age or older may import, duty and tax-free
  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 200 grams (7 oz) of manufactured tobacco; and
  • 200 tobacco sticks
If visitors bring in more tobacco products, they will have to pay the Ontario taxes and duties that apply, as specified by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Duty-Free Limits for Returning Residents of Canada
The following duty-free allowances (in Canadian dollars) apply:
  • Goods (souvenirs, etc.)
  • $50 (excluding alcohol and tobacco) any number of times per year, after a minimum 24-hr absence.
  • $400 any number of times after a minimum 48-hr absence.
  • $750 after a minimum 7 days' Absence (excluding day of departure).

Alcoholic Beverages
  • 1.5 litres of wine, or 1.14 litres (40 oz.) of liquor, or 24 X 355 mL (12 oz.) bottles or cans of beer or ale (288 oz. Or 8.2 litres)
Tobacco Products
  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos, 200 tobacco sticks and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco.
Note: Minimum age requirement for tobacco is that of the province where the traveller clears customs. Tobacco and alcohol must be included in the total dollar allowance of $200 or $500 and must be carried in-hand or checked baggage.

Duty-Free Limits for Returning Residents of the United States of America
U.S. residents returning to the United States after 48 hours can take back $800 US worth of merchandise, duty free, every 30 days. This may include one litre (33.8 fl oz.) of alcohol (provided the resident is 21 years or over), 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars that are not of Cuban origin. Members of a family travelling together may combine their personal exemptions. After a visit of less than 48 hours, or if the $400 allowance or part of it has been used within the previous 30 days, an exemption of $200 US is allowed (may not be combined by family members), including 150 mL (4 fl. oz.) of alcohol, 150 mL of perfume and no more than 50 cigarettes or 10 cigars, not of Cuban origin. Articles brought back into the U.S. as part of an exemption must be for personal or household use. They must be brought with the person and properly declared. They must not include prohibited or restricted items. Duty charged varies according to the country the article was made in and the type of article. More information about entering or re-entering the U.S. is available through U.S. Customs.

Duty-Free Limits for Returning Residents of Great Britain, Germany, France
Residents from these countries who are returning home from Canada are entitled to import the following items duty-free per person (amounts may not be pooled among individuals travelling together):

Goods (total value):
  • Great Britain: 145 Pounds Sterling
  • Germany: 175 euros, for persons 17 years of age or older
  • France: 175 euros, for persons 15 years of age or older
Alcohol:
  • One litre of liquor over 22% alcohol by volume or two litres of liquor under 22% alcohol and two litres of still table wine.
Tobacco:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars.
Perfume:
  • 50 grams (2 oz.) of perfume and 250 grams (9 oz.) of eau de toilette.
Duty Free Limits for Returning Residents of Japan
Residents of Japan returning home from Canada are entitled to import the following items duty-free:

Goods (total value):
  • 200,000 yen
Alcohol:
  • 3 bottles, 750 cc each
Tobacco:
  • 100 cigars or 400 cigarettes or 500 grams of tobacco
Perfume:
  • 2 oz. of perfume

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