Information Regarding Duty on the Goods that You Bring to Canada during Migration

Whenever you move to a country, you bring along your stuff like clothes, books and household goods that are duty-free. However, there are several items on which you are required to pay duty, especially the stuff that are new and have not been used. Lets read in detail about the Duty on the Goods that You Bring to Canada during Migration.

Information Regarding Duty on the Goods that You Bring to Canada during Migration
Information Regarding Duty on the Goods that You Bring to Canada during Migration

Similarly, during your migration to the Canada also, the similar duties or taxes are applicable, and we are going to address whether the goods you are carrying are taxable or not, in this post in a precise manner.

But before we start, let us know more about the duty we need to pay on the goods while moving to a different country like Canada.

Information Regarding Duty on the Goods that You Bring to Canada during Migration

Duty- It is the fees that the Canadian government charges you for bringing several items to the Canada.

Personal goods for which one does not need to pay any duty are as follows:

  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Books
  • Linens
  • Silverware
  • Antiques
  • Hobby items or tools
  • Personal collections such as stamps, coins or any other art
  • Gift with an estimate of CDN $60 or lesser
  • Home appliances such as refrigerator, microwave or stove
  • Musical instruments

Duty on Goods that you can bring to Canada while Immigrating to Canada after paying Duty

  • Vehicle for commercial use
  • Things that have been bought on the way to the country
  • Commodities that have been taken on rent or lease
  • Farm equipment
  • Apparatus that you have brought for either of the following purposes:
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Contracting, etc.

In case, you are not aware of whether to pay the duty on certain goods or not; then it is crucial to keep the sale bills and registration documents of those goods with you.

Here is the list of some miscellaneous items that most of the people carry, but are not sure if the duty will be applied to bring them to the country along with other personal stuff.

  • Ceremonial Gifts

You do not need to pay tax on your wedding gifts only in case you either getting married or planning to marry within three months of moving to the country.

Also, these gifts are duty-free if you have acquired the possession of the marriage or other ceremonial gift items or goods before migrating to Canada.

  • Vehicle

If you are planning to bring an automobile to Canada for the personal use, then it is duty-free. However, it must comply with all the safety as well as other standards set for the vehicles in Canada.  

  • Jewellery and Precious Ornamental Items

When you are undergoing the custom interview, the officer on duty may inquire you about the precious jewelry or ornaments that you are carrying with you. It is very important to include these items on the list of the articles you are bringing to Canada. This would help you come clear during the custom checking easily, without much delay. Besides, it is always better to

  • Describe the items on the list as mentioned by the jeweler or insurer on the sale receipts. Try and use the same words for the identification of the ornament etc.
  • Attach the photograph of the items.
  • Keep the receipt or sales bill with you.

Besides all these, if you are carrying a family heirloom, then you are not required to pay any tax or duty for it.

  • Alcohol and Tobacco

If you bring alcohol or tobacco to the country, you may or may not have to pay duty on it.

The duty is also applicable on alcohol or tobacco if you bring them beyond the set amount as these things are free from duty or tax only to certain limits specifically for the personal use.

Diksha Garg

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