Bringing gifted furniture into Canada

LisaW

New Member
I am a Canadian citizen and resident. My grandmother, a US citizen and resident, is moving into an assisted living facility and would like to gift to me family heirlooms, furniture and personal goods. I plan to rent and truck and bring the items across the border with me. What can I expect with regards to duty and taxes? What type of documentation would I need to provide? Thank you.
 

Riley Haas

Administrator
Staff member
So, your grandmother needs to provide a card or note including that each item is a gift. That will exempt you from only $60 per item. (You should make sure to have her contact information with you, too.) See more here: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/courier/menu-eng.html

If your grandmother can estimate what she paid for each, and give you a list, that should help. (Though if the heirlooms and furniture are old, it's really hard to figure out what they will charge: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2013/01-99/ch97-2013-eng.pdf )

If you know an approximate price, you can use this calculator to try to figure out what you might owe: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/dte-acl/est-cal-eng.html

Finally, there appears to be a new tariff on important foreign furniture for commercial purposes https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d10/d10-15-30-eng.html so you have to make it very clear this is for your personal use.

Hope this helps. And, again, sorry for the inconvenience. We evidently have a few bugs to work out.
 
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