PRODUCTS ALLOWED INTO CANADA FROM THE US


The following info is taken from http://beaware.gc.ca/english/brirape.shtml#a1 on March 2, 2013. These requirements may be updated at any time, so reference the above link for the most up-to-date info.

This is a list of commonly imported food, animal and plant products and the guidelines for importing them from the United States. Because pest and disease situations are constantly changing, these requirements may be adjusted at any time.

Even though these items are allowed into Canada, you still must declare them on your declaration form.
Some items do need documents to accompany them. For more information, go to the "When are documents required?" section.


Animal fat or suet
  • up to 20 kilograms per person
Baked goods, candies, etc.

  • no goods containing meat
  • up to 20 kilograms per person
Coniferous wreaths and Christmas trees
Conifers and garden plants
Dairy products (e.g.: cheese, milk, yogurt, butter)
  • up to 20 kilograms per person with a value of $20 or less
Fish and seafood

  • up to 20 kilograms per person
  • all species except
  • pufferfish
  • Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)
Flowers: cut
  • restrictions on coniferous foliage/green cones
  • must not be for propagation
  • There may be some restrictions depending on the type of flowers and where they come from. Use the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to confirm if a specific item is allowed.
Fruits and vegetables, including herbs: dried

  • up to 15 packages per person
  • but not more than 250 kilograms
Fruits and vegetables, including herbs: frozen or canned

  • fruits
  • up to 15 frozen packages or 15 cans per person
  • but not more than 250 kilograms
  • vegetables
  • up to 20 kilograms of frozen or chilled vegetables per person
Fruits and vegetables: fresh

  • one bag up to 4 kilograms of US number 1 potatoes per person and the bag must be commercially packaged
  • 15 packages or less up to 250 kilograms of fresh fruits and vegetables per person (excluding potatoes)
  • must be free from soil, pests, leaves, branches and/or plant debris
  • some restrictions on some fresh fruit and vegetables from California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
  • in British Columbia (BC): restrictions on fresh apples, stone fruit and potatoes
  • Use Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to confirm if the product is allowed before bringing it into Canada.
Game animal carcasses
  • with a hunter's permit and/or licence
  • Provincial restrictions may apply. For example, on deer, there may be restrictions due to chronic wasting disease.
Spices, tea, coffee, condiments

  • entry permitted
Infant formula

  • commercially packaged
  • milk based or non milk based, (dry/liquid) formula
  • for personal use only
  • sealed
  • up to a maximum of 20 kilograms per person
Leather goods and skins

  • fully tanned hides and skins only
Meat and poultry products (for example, jerky, sausages, deli meats and patties,fois gras)

  • up to 20 kilograms per person
  • packages must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is
  • proof of country of origin may be required
Meat and poultry: fresh, frozen and chilled

  • up to 20 kilograms per person
  • one turkey per person
  • packages must have identifying marks, indicating what the product is
  • proof of country of origin may be required
Sea shells and sand

  • sea shells and items made from them are allowed
  • must be clean and free of sea life, soil and sand
  • You are not allowed to import sand.
Vegetables: fresh
  • See "Fruits and vegetables".
Wooden souvenirs
  • must be free of bark, insects or evidence of insect activity
For more detailed information, you can review the import requirements for specific products using the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). By following the appropriate prompts, you will be able to determine current requirements based on the type of product you want to bring with you.