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Mailing Gifts to Canada

How to Stay Clear of Duties and Taxes When Mailing Gifts to Canada


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Gifts sent to individuals in Canada are exempt from duties and taxes if:

  • the item is worth less than $60 CAN (see Bank of Canada exchange rates)
  • the item is sent to you personally and includes a card or notice indicating that it is a gift.

If the gift is worth more than $60 CAN, the recipient will have to pay applicable duties and sales taxes on the value of the gift over $60 CAN.

The $60 gift exemption does not apply to

  • tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or advertising material
  • items sent by a business, company, or association

The $60 gift exemption can not be combined with the regular $20 mail exemption available for all items.

See also: Shopping Online and Shipping to Canada

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