Sending coffee to Canada
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: sunbeam60-ga
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11 Sep 2004 02:23 PDT
Expires: 11 Oct 2004 02:23 PDT
Question ID: 399687
I need to send two bags of coffee (2 * 250g) from the United Kingdom to Canada as a personal gift. I plan to do this via regular airmail. The coffee is French and of the brand Cafés Suavor Columbie (one bag) and Cafés Suavor President (another bag). The coffee is going to Toronto, Ontario (might be relevant if the different provinces have different rules regarding foodstuff). I need to know if Canada allows foodstuff to come into the country via mail and what forms I need to fill out (if any)? Can I expect the bags to arrive unscathed or will ravenous drug-sniffing dogs tear them apart?
Re: Sending coffee to Canada
Answered By: hibiscus-ga on 11 Sep 2004 09:06 PDT
Hi Sunbeam60, Shipping processed coffee products in a sealed container to Canada should not pose any problem, though the recipient of the package will have to pay duty on the item if it is marked as a gift and its stated value exceeds CDN$60 (duty must be paid if it is NOT marked as a gift and its value exceeds CDN$20). You will not need to fill out any special form for the shipment. Coffee is not on the controlled substance list of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or of the Canada Border Services Agency. However, CBSA reserves the right to open any package that arrives by mail and it is possible (though unlikely) that yours will be opened. In such a case the actual contents of the shipment will not be disturbed (though they may be x-rayed) and a label will be placed on the package indicating that it was opened and inspected at the border. Details of the duties payable on mail sent to Canada are available here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/courier/postal/ind_duty_free-e.html The Canadian Border Services statement on controlled and prohibited goods is here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/eservices/acis/acis21-e.html And most importantly the Canadian Food Inspection Agency list of import regulations is here: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/toc/importe.shtml If you're still very concerned you can contact the CFIA by email on this page: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/tools/feedback/commene.shtml or call them at +1 613 225-2342. I hope this answers your question, but feel free to ask for clarification if you're still unclear. Hibiscus
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This was exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks a bunch.
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