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Video:What Can and Can't Be Brought Into Canada?

with Omar Saad

The Canadian border is an international border like any other, and there are certain things you may not bring across it. Here is brief summary on some typical items that can and cannot be brought across the border to Canada.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Can and Can't Be Brought Into Canada?

Hi, I'm Omar Saad here for About.com and today we're going to take a look at what you can and can't bring across the border when traveling into Canada. One of the first things to think about when considering a trip into another country is customs regulations. With that in mind, let's shed a bit more light on what's safe to pack and what's not when traveling into Canada.

A Lot of Food is Allowed Into Canada

While you should always double check customs regulations specific to whatever you're bringing across the border, there are many basic regulations that most travelers would likely benefit from knowing. For example, whenever one is bringing food of any sort across the border into Canada, it must be declared and can be subject to inspection. The good news is that regulations allow for a number of food items to be brought into Canada. Many pre-packaged, dried, or processed foods are allowed in. Travelers can also bring up to 11 pounds of beef per person across the border. A small amount of eggs can also be brought along, for personal consumption. It's important to note, however, that only processed or canned potatoes are allowed into the country. You should always double check with Canadian customs when it comes to bringing perishables across the border.

Alcohol and Tobacco May Be Brought Across Canadian Border

It may surprise many people, but alcohol and tobacco, in small quantities, are allowed to be brought into Canada. Provided that you are of legal drinking age for the territory or province of Canada that you are entering into, you are able to bring in up to 1.5 liters or wine, 40oz of liquor, and up to 24 12oz cans or bottles of beer. Much like with alcohol, if you meet the age requirements associated with your point of entry into Canada, you can bring in up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars. If you own a pet and are planning an extended stay in Canada, you may be considering bringing them along. If that's the case, you'll need to be aware of the paperwork you must be able to provide at the border in order to bring them across. You must have an up to date copy of your dog and cat's vaccination chart. Most important is a rabies vaccination certificate, which must have been issued within the previous 36 months, be signed by a veterinarian, and identify your dog or cat by breed and physical features.

Avoid Bringing Unprocessed Food

While you can bring many items, in the appropriate quantities, into Canada, there are definitely things that are prohibited. Many unprocessed foods are not allowed to be brought across the border. Unprocessed potatoes and many fruits and vegetables are prohibited. Dog or cat food containing beef or lamb byproducts are also not allowed to be brought in. Firearms and other weapons are also closely regulated. Handguns and automatic weapons, along with stun guns, mace, and pepper spray are all prohibited.

Visit Canadian Border Services Agency Website

Other items that may seem innocuous are also prohibited. For example, firewood, radar detectors, and live bait, for all you fishermen out there, must be left back in the States. Since customs regulations are subject to change from time to time, do yourself a favor and visit the website for the Canadian Border Services Agency to confirm what you can and cannot bring with you into Canada. A vacation in Canada can be a fun adventure. However, since you'll be crossing an international border, you'll need to catalogue the items you'll be bringing with you and double check them against current customs rules. Knowing ahead of time will save you hassle and heartache at the border.

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