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Bringing alcohol or tobacco to Canada

When you want to go to Canada or a foreign country, Canadian government authorities offer you some eligibility for a personal exemption. This allows you to transport goods of a certain value to Canada without paying the additional duties and taxes.

Some tobacco products have exceptions to qualify for a minimum duty. Here are some general rules regarding the amount and type of regulated consumables you could bring when you will visit Canada.

You can bring the following quantities of alcohol, beer, wine or liquor:

  •              1.5 liters (53 ounces) of wine
  •              1.14 liters (40 ounces) of alcohol
  •              a total of 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of wine and spirits
  •              24 cans of 355 milliliters (12 ounces)
  •              bottles (maximum of 8.5 liters) of beer.

Quantities that exceed the limits mentioned are subject to fees.

On the other hand, here are the authorized quantities of tobacco that you can carry with you:

  •              200 cigarettes
  •              50 cigars or cigarillos
  •              200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco
  •              200 tobacco sticks.

Quantities that exceed the limits mentioned are subject to fees.

Good to know:

Authorized items in Canada must always be declared on your declaration card.