Exporting to Canada


I have a small niche business, supplying fossil replicas to educational establishments, museums etc worldwide for the past 10 years (including US). We have had no problems with customs & excise in an country so far (including US). However a Canadian customer has been charged import duty for these educational tools. Can anyone tell me why that might be & what the rules are for export to Canada?


Dear Dee

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

A more comprehensive guide to importing / exporting can be found on our website by selecting ‘Import and export’ from the home page and then scroll down to ‘Guide to importing and exporting: Breaking down the barriers’.

I would also suggest that you contact the Canadian Customs Authorities to ascertain if there are any import restrictions on such items.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise


Hello Dee
I work in the International Trade Centre at UKTI in Bristol.

It could be the case that Canada levies an import duty on educational tools – or it may be that the incorrect Customs Tariff Number was used on the shipment to Canada.

If you know the Customs Tariff Number for the product, there is an EU database called the "Applied Tariff Database" which can be used to look up the rates of import duty in countries outside the EU. The link for the database is: http://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm

To use the database:
– Click on "Tariffs"
– Select country for which you wish to find out import duties
– Enter 4 or 6 digits of the Tariff Number or use a key word search

By double clicking on the "Tariff Number", you will be shown the rate of import duty applicable for that product.

If you need any further help – call me on 01275 370766


Tracy Ruff

Export Action Plan