If you are resettling in Canada from another country, you probably have questions about how to handle the transport of your belongings across the border or overseas. After all, few people have the time or resources to purchase all new clothing, furniture, vehicles, and other personal possessions upon arriving in a new country.
In most cases, you can bring your personal property to Canada duty-free as long as you owned and used the property prior to coming to Canada. This applies to both property you bring with you when you arrive, as well as property you have shipped to Canada after your arrival. In both cases, you must file a specific form called a “Personal Effects Accounting Document.” It is helpful to make a list of all the property you intend to bring with you well before you leave.
Bringing Your Vehicle to Canada
You can bring a vehicle to Canada as long as it satisfies Canadian safety and pollution standards. Americans who intend to bring a vehicle to Canada permanently must notify U.S. customs officials that the vehicle will remain in Canada. Once a vehicle is located in Canada – whether from the U.S. or another country – it must be registered and insured in Canada.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the following personal property may be brought into Canada duty-free, however, you must still declare it when you arrive in Canada:
- Appliances, such as an oven or refrigerator
- Hobby tools and other hobby items
- Musical instruments
- Private collections of coins, stamps, or art
- Gifts (valued at $60 or less)
- Any gifts worth more than $60 are subject to tax.
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