Export to Canada

Canada has one of the most advanced and stable economies in the world and weathered the global recession comparatively well. In 2013, the World Economic Forum ranked the country’s financial system as the world’s most stable for the sixth consecutive year.

Ireland has close cultural and historical ties to Canada; 13 per cent of the population has some degree of Irish heritage. Moving forward, trade between Ireland and Canada will be even easier when the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) comes into place to remove trade tariffs.

Sources: Enterprise Ireland, GOV.UK, Irish Exporters, World Economic Forum

For more detailed information when trading with Canada, download our Canada Fact Sheet.



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DHL Facts

Locations: 95

Gateways into the Country: 8

Number of Service Centres: 12

DHL Delivery Zone: 6

Vehicle Fleet: 243

Canada: Country Profile
Population: 34.8 million Exports from
US$ 458.7 billion (2013 est.)
Area: 9,984,670 sq km Export Commodities: Motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilisers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminium
Currency: 1 Canadian dollar (CAD) = 100 cent Top Export Destinations: USA, Italy, China, India, Belgium, UK, France, Taiwan, Germany, Japan
GDP: US$ 1.518 trillion (2013 est.) IMPORTS INTO CANADA
Time Zones: 6 time zones, UTC -3:30 (Newfoundland), Imports into
US$ 471 billion (2013 est.)
Languages: English (official), French (official), Punjabi, Italian, Spanish, German, Cantonese, Tagalog, Arabic, other Import Commodities: Machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, durable consumer goods
Ethnic Groups: French 15.5%, Scottish 14.4%, Irish 13.8%, German 9.8%, Italian 4.5%, Chinese 4.5%, North American Indian 4.2%, other 50.9% (2011 est.) Top Import Origins: Germany, USA, Italy, China, UK, France, Hong Kong, Mexico
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Canada to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Destination Non-Dutiable Shipment Dutiable Shipment
Ottawa 2 days 3 days
Quebec 2 days 3 days
Montreal 2 days 3 days
Toronto 2 days 3 days
Vancouver 2 days 3 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Canada. Contact the DHL Express team on 1890 725 725

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 1890 725 725

  • Duty Free Allowance

    Values up to $20 CAD

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Canada use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

DHL Customs Brokerage must have on file a signed Canadian Power of Attorney authorisation and Registered Business Number or, in the case of DDP (Deliver Duty Paid), the sender’s Power of Attorney and Non-Resident Business Number. These are required to clear shipments into Canada. Contact DHL if you require assistance when applying for Business Numbers.

Prohibited items specific to Canada:

DHL’s standard list of prohibited items applies; no additional prohibitions.

Restricted items specific to Canada:

Alcoholic beverages
Cannot be cleared by DHL. Must be cleared by outside broker designated by Local Government Agency.

Credit cards (NI)
Dutiable regardless of quantity or reason for import.  

Documents including advertising brochures / pamphlets, airline tickets: blank stock / issued / validated, annual reports, booklets & brochures (non-advertisement), blank forms, business cards, calendars, cashier cheques, computer printouts, deeds, general business documents including photos as part of business reports, invoices (not blank), manuscripts, price lists and shipping schedules
The minimum accepted value for documents is the cost to produce the material. For non-commercial document shipments (no sale involved or COMAT): the generally accepted rate for valuation is $0.04 CAD per kg. Documents valued over $20 CAD must be sent as goods to all Canadian Gateways. For commercial document shipments (sale is involved): declare true transaction value on Waybill.

Controlled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Shipments may be refused or require additional documents (zoo-sanitary certificate, Import Declaration or Import Permit) for clearance.

Medical samples
Clearly state ‘NON-CONTAMINATED’ on the waybill and supporting documents. Adhere to all International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for transportation. Health Canada may inspect.

Passports and visa applications
Subject to inspection by Canada Border Services Agency (Customs).

Personal effects
Must be cleared by receiver unless the receiver is willing to pay duties and taxes based on value stipulated by Customs after inspection.

Cannot be cleared by DHL. Strictly regulated by Government Agency.

For x-ray machines please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.