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Canadian Duty Calculator

Wondering how much it will cost you to bring in goods from outside Canada?

Clearit has made it easy for you. Our duty and tax calculator is one of the most accurate tax calculators online! Complete the fields below and we’ll provide you with the numbers. The more information you can provide, the more accurate the quote will be!
Clearit’s duty calculator Canada – simple, easy and prompt.

Whether you import as a private individual or for commercial purposes, import duties and taxes are due when you import goods into Canada. Determining the relevant tariff and rate of duty can become a complex undertaking if you are not fully aware of the CBSA regulations, restrictions and exemptions that apply to your shipment. An experienced customs broker can quickly shed light on the classification of your goods and provide assistance in determining the fees that apply.

The crucial questions are these:

Where are your goods originally coming from? This does not simply mean looking at where you purchased them or from which country they were shipped to you. It might also require you to look at where individual parts of your product where manufactured, or in which country the final product was assembled. Clearit’s Canadian duty calculator takes this and other information into account to provide you with an accurate quote.

What province or territory in Canada are your goods destined for?

In Canada, provincial and territorial governments have their own tax laws and policies. These must be taken into consideration when you are importing goods. Applicable taxes and duties on goods you wish to import are therefore also subject to certain provincial taxes. The amount you are required to pay depends on your territory of residence, whether or not this is a personal or commercial import, and final destination of your goods, rather than the location or province where your goods entered Canada and crossed the border.

The vast majority of imports to Canada are subject to GST (General Sales Tax) while personal imports are subject to both GST and PST (Provincial Sales Tax), or a combination of both known as HST (Harmonized Sales Tax. Sales tax is calculated based on the sum of the value of the goods, the duty, and the excise duty (if applicable).  Our Canadian duty calculator is set up to incorporate this information. A few examples of provincial taxes are:

Alberta: 5% GST
Saskatchewan: 5% GST and 5% PST
British Columbia: 5% GST and 7% PST
Quebec: 5% GST and 9.975% PST
Ontario or New Brunswick: 13% HST

For a complete list, contact our agents or customs brokers, or visit the official CBSA site for more details.

Imported goods are also subject to duties if they do not fall under the NAFTA agreement (or any other trade agreement), and duty can range from 1-30%, depending on the country of origin. There are however, items that are always exempt from duties including for example gifts that are valued under $20.00, cell phones and video games, and of course personal exemptions, that vary in terms of goods and value, that depend on the time you have spent outside of Canada.

Let us know what items you are planning to import and we’ll direct you as to the best course of action. Check out our Canadian duty calculator and you will get a quick first idea of what fees you are looking at if you wish to import an item to Canada. For larger shipments and cargo it might be a good idea to contact one of our live agents or one of our Canadian customs brokers for advice. We are here to make customs clearance as easy as possible for you!

A word of caution: Before you start the import process, make sure that your items are permitted to enter Canada, because there are restrictions on certain goods: Below is an excerpt of the list of items where restrictions apply. For more information and further details, please check with us or visit the official CBSA site.

Items with import restrictions:
Cultural property
Explosives, firearms and ammunition
Firearms and weapons
Prohibited goods and prohibited consumer goods
Regulated consumer products
Health products