Canada - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2020-08-03

Certain goods may be prohibited or controlled, or require special permits, inspections, or conditions to be allowed into Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency provides a step-by-step guide to help importers determine whether their goods may be subject to special rules or conditions (Step-by-step guide to importing commercial goods into Canada).

The Export and Import Controls Board monitors the import and export of controlled goods. These include goods such as sugar and softwood lumber, which are the subject of quota agreements, as well as weapons, munitions, nuclear materials, and goods of a similar nature. The Canada Border Services Agency administers Canada's laws and regulations governing products on the Import Control List.