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Old 07-16-2018, 04:17 AM   #1
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Goods I can bring into Canada

Planning a trip thru Canada this August and I have to say the detailed info on what food you can bring is is annoying. I've looked at the border patrol web site and the info seems conflicting.

What I know:
Milk eggs and chicken seem out.
Cheese is OK

Only store packaged meats.
fruits seem to be out
fresh Vegetables are in or out?

All canned good are OK
What about Nuts? Almond, walnuts ,peanuts, pecans, peanut butter...trail mixes?
Home baked goods- cookies




Does coming across the border with a stocked fridge invite you to the special line where border patrol paws thru your fridge?
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:45 AM   #2
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Hello Jerry,
We experience the same thing from Canada to the U.S.
The items that you say are OK, are good to come over. Nuts in a can are good as well, but not raw. What we are always told, is if in doubt, don't bring it, buy it on our side and we won't charge you any tariffs either lol, unless it has been made in the U.S. [moderator edit]
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:30 PM   #3
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What Can I Bring Into Canada in Terms Of Food, Plant, Animal and Related Products? - Canadian Food Inspection Agency


Long list......not worth the hassle
Stock up AFTER crossing.


Inform Border Agents....1st time crossing. Got stuff in fridge and canned/packaged stuff in cabinets.

They will then handle it.
Best to just be up front/honest and ASK for their guidance/help


Border Agents are just doing an important job BUT are NOT looking to hang an honest person.
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Old 09-01-2018, 12:00 AM   #4
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Leaving AK, after 3 years here in Anchorage, tomorrow. Recently heard the Canadians will tariff certain necessities for the drive to the 48 to the point where it is cheaper to toss them in the trash and buy it again on the Canadian side. Going from 48 to Canada, this may not be such a big deal. But going from AK to Canada presents some issues. It’s not as though there’s a Walmart every 15 km in the Yukon to replenish!

Have any of you who are US citizens and have recently crossed from the US into Canada experienced this? I’m hoping this is just bad information. Thanks!
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I think the experience differs greatly based on the agent you encounter. We crossed from US to Canada last about a week ago. The agent asked us a few questions, then asked if we had fruit. ‘No”. Then asked us if we had alcohol. “Yes”. He then said have a nice trip.

I fully expected that they would inspect and we would pay duty as we had 2 cases of beer, 1 bottle of vodka and 4 bottles of wine. He never asked us how much booze we had.
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Jake 21. Thanks for the word. I’ll post our experience going from AK to Yukon in the next few days.
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I think the experience differs greatly based on the agent you encounter. We crossed from US to Canada last about a week ago. The agent asked us a few questions, then asked if we had fruit. ‘No”. Then asked us if we had alcohol. “Yes”. He then said have a nice trip.

I fully expected that they would inspect and we would pay duty as we had 2 cases of beer, 1 bottle of vodka and 4 bottles of wine. He never asked us how much booze we had.
We don't drink. I wonder if they would believe us if we said no.
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We don't drink. I wonder if they would believe us if we said no.
Do we have been questioned on alcohol! they can't believe that we're going fishing for a week and only have one case of beer you have to be lying! LOL! Never a problem but they do question it!
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Do we have been questioned on alcohol! they can't believe that we're going fishing for a week and only have one case of beer you have to be lying! LOL! Never a problem but they do question it!
Maybe I should have some 3 buck chuck I can surrender.
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Back in the 48. No tariffs whatsoever going from AK to Yukon.
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Taking off from Alaska to Washington State in a couple of weeks and planned on bringing a small freezer of frozen and vacuum packed moose and fish..is this a problem..their website just confuses me..maybe I should just call canada customs
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Good idea. Calling them will be the quickest.
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We crossed US and Canadian borders several times on our trip to Alaska. The only questions into Canada, do you have guns, do you have ammunition or gun parts. Do you have a switchblade. We know people that had their rv searched. I was loaded in every possible place so did not want to antagonize the border guards. If i was searched it would take 2 days to repack.
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If you read the documentation on the Canadian website carefully you will see that in most food categories you can bring into Canada fairly significant quantities of foods for personal use.

Sometimes there are rules to abide by for certain specific foods. For example, one year we couldn't bring in "stone fruits" nor could potatoes be brought into BC. If such specific rules are in place they will be noted on the website.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/inf...89648516990#a1
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