Canada Customs Duty Rates, Tariffs and Taxes

Every day, we receive questions from our visitors asking us how much duty and tax they have to pay to bring goods into Canada from the United States if they exceed their duty free limits.

To help you estimate your cross border shopping duties and taxes, we have created the following Canada customs duty and tariff rate chart.

If you can’t find the product you are looking for in this table, you can try searching our Canadian Duty Calculator.

Duty and Tax Rates for Cross Border Shopping – Popular Items

Source: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) as of May 29, 2012

Categories & Commodities

Duty

GST / HST (♦)

PST

U.S.

Other

Category 1
Carpeting
Life jackets and belts
Skates (ice or roller)
Sleeping bags
Textile articles (bedding, linen, towels, curtains)

 0%

 20%

 5% (♦)

 √

Category 2
Clothing
Footwear

 0%

 18%

 5% (♦)

 

Category 3
Basic groceries (non-taxable)
Bread
Cakes and pies
Other baked goods (pkgs. Of 6 or more)
Canned food goods
Dairy products (maximum $20) including:

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Ice Cream
  • Cream
  • Yogurt

Eggs (maximum 2 dozen)
Fish and seafood
Fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetable juices (large containers)
Meat fresh or frozen (maximum 20 kg) including:

  • Chicken (maximum 10 kg)
  • Turkey (1 whole or 10kg of parts)
  • Beef and other meats

Medications (including vitamins)
Milk
Pasta

 0%

 7%

 0%

 N/A

Category 4
Articles of plastic, rubber, steel, wood
Auto parts
Baby carriages
Beauty aids, cosmetics and toiletries
Bicycles and tricycles
Candles
Canoes / rowboats
Ceramic tableware (dishes) and kitchenware
Cleansers and other cleaning preparations
Coffeemakers
Cookware (stainless steel)        
Dishwashers
Electrical ranges
Furniture
Gas barbecues
Golf clubs and balls
Groceries (taxable)

  • Candy
  • Snack foods
  • Soft drinks

Household batteries
Lightbulbs and light fixtures
Lubricating oils
Luggage
Machinery for working wood (wood planer, table saw, chainsaw)
Paints and varnishes
Paper products
Pet food
Photographic film
Pot pourri
Refrigerators
Single use cameras
Speakers
Sports and exercise equipment
Sunglasses
Televisions
Tires
Tools (electric handheld)
Vacuum cleaners
Wallets and purses (leather)
Watches (under $50)

 0%

 8%

 5% (♦)

 

Category 5
Audio and video cassette recorders
Audio and video tapes
Antiques (must exceed an age of 100 years)
Breadmaker
Calculators
Cameras, lenses and flashes
Clothes dryers
Compact discs
Compact and video disc players
Computers and related equipment

  • Display units
  • Keyboards
  • Modems
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Software (on CD-ROM, disk, tape)

Curling irons
Electric shavers
Fax and answering machines
Flashlights
Glass and glassware
Hair dryers
Irons (clothes)
Microwave ovens
Motorcycle parts
Rice cooker
Sewing machines
Telephones (portable and cellular)
Toasters
Tools (pneumatic powered only)
Toys
Video cameras
Video games and video game units

 0%

 0%

 5% (♦)

 

Category 6
PST Exempt Goods

 

 

 

 

Category 7
Books

 0%

 0%

 5%

 N/A

Category 8**
Beer – per dozen

** Values for these categories vary by province and are available from your CBSA office.

Category 9**
Wine – per litre

Category 10**
Liqeurs and Liquor – per litre

Category 11**
Cigarettes – per pack of 20

Category 12**
Tobacco – per 200 grams

√ - Provincial Taxes will be collected on these categories where an agreement between the Federal and Provincial governments exists.

(♦) The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will be collected where an agreement exists.