Importing and exporting goods

There are several factors to consider when importing or exporting from Alberta and Canada.

Import/export controls

Certain goods require export and import permits. The Trade Controls & Technical Barriers Bureau administers the Export and Import Permits Act.

Packaging and labelling requirements

Goods imported to and exported from Canada must follow Canada’s product standards and labelling requirements.

International trade agreements

Canada has signed a number of international trade agreements, and is always negotiating more. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is the primary source of information on Canadian trade policy.

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties

The Canada Border Services Agency administers the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA). SIMA helps protect Canadian industry from injury caused by the dumping and subsidizing of imported goods.

Customs law

All goods imported into Canada are subject to customs law. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) administers more than 90 acts, regulations and international agreements.

  • The Customs Act specifies importation procedures and collection of customs duties.
  • The Customs Tariff specifies tariff rates on imported goods.

More resources:

Information for importers
The federal and provincial governments provide information for businesses importing goods and services into Alberta or Canada.
Information for exporters
The federal and provincial governments provide information for businesses exporting goods and services from Alberta or Canada.
Alberta’s international offices
Alberta operates offices in Asia, Europe and North America.