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What You Can Bring With You

Residents of the United States who visit Canada are allowed to bring in a "reasonable" amount of personal goods duty free. The amount you bring should align with your length of stay. Limits for some of the regulated items:

  • Alcohol: If you are 19 years of age or older and crossing the border into Ontario, you can bring, free of duty and taxes, either 1.5 litres (50oz) or wine, 1.14 litres (40oz) of liquor, or 24 x 355 millimetres (12oz) of beer or ale. If you bring in more than the amount listed here, you will be required to pay the duty at the Border on excess amounts. Make sure you fully declare all alcohol in your possession.
  • Tobacco: If you are 19 years of age or older and crossing the border into Ontario, you are allowed to bring, free of duty, up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 grams (7oz) of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks. You may bring additional quantities but you will be required to pay duties and taxes on the excess amounts.
  • Food Products: What is and what is not allowed changes frequently, visit for current information prior to your departure.
  • Pets: Dogs and cats accompanying their owners from the U.S. must have current (within 36 months) rabies vaccination certificates. Owners from other countries who wish to bring their pets with them should contact 1-800-442-2342/1-613-225-2342/TTY 1-800-465-7735 or visit

Residents Returning to the United States
Provided you were in Canada for a minimum of 48 hours, you are allowed to bring back duty free:

  • $400 US worth of merchandise per person every 30 days. Families may combine their $400 exemptions.
  • $200 US per person if you have stayed less than 48 hours.
  • Refer to for more information.

Please note: all articles above allowable quantities are subject to import duty.

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