To help ensure that prohibited and controlled goods are not illegally imported into Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency assists other federal government departments and agencies by administering and enforcing legislation and regulations on their behalf. Inquiries about these importing regulations should be directed to the relevant department or agency.
Many government departments and agencies are involved in the importation of goods into Canada. Below are some of the most commonly imported commodities that may require permits and/or certificates from other government departments or agencies.
(Name, Web address, telephone number)
|Commodities/Area of Responsibility|
|Canadian Firearms Program
Canada Post Corporation
|Non-mailable matter (e.g. perfume, perishable items, flammable liquids, replica or inert munitions)|
|Canadian Food Inspection Agency
|Food, plants, animals and related products|
|Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
|Competition Bureau Canada
Marking of precious metals
Packaging and labelling of non-food products
|Endangered or threatened species of plants and animals
Hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material
Ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and products containing ODS
Wild animal and plant trade
|Fisheries and Oceans Canada
|Aquatic invasive species (AIS)
Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing
|Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Goods under trade embargoes
Textiles and clothing
Natural health products
|Natural Resources Canada
|Explosives including fireworks and ammunition
Minerals and metals including gold, silver, copper, diamonds and all gems
Regulated energy-using products
|Public Health Agency of Canada
|Bodies and body parts
Transportation of dangerous goods
For detailed information on importing, visit the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Centre at www.cbsa.gc.ca/sme-pme.
For more information, within Canada call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Officers are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time, except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.