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Canada Textiles - Regulatory Framework

Information on temporary entry and travel to Canada. Also includes taxes and standards guides.

Canada Textiles - Regulatory Framework

Postby bridgat » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:23 pm



Import permits are used to regulate shipments from countries with which Canada has negotiated quota agreements on apparel imports. Import licenses are also used to monitor shipments from the United States, however, there are no quota restrictions on U.S. made apparel and licenses are granted to all applicants for a nominal fee. For further information regarding Canadian import permits, contact the Import Controls Division of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Export and Import Controls Bureau
Textiles and Clothing Trade Policy Division
P.O. Box 481, Station A
Ottawa, ON K1N 9K6
Tel: (613) 996-3711/Fax: (613) 995-5137


U.S. manufacturers of apparel are not faced with any significant tariff or non-tariff barriers when importing their products into Canada. Most customs duties on goods originating in North America have been eliminated. This has provided a significant competitive advantage to U.S. suppliers in this industry since third-country manufacturers exporting similar products still face Most Favored Nation duties on their products when imported into Canada.

Goods using non-North American inputs must meet the requirements set out in the NAFTA Rules of Origin to be considered as "originating." Revenue Canada can provide U.S. companies with the necessary information to properly classify their products and to determine whether they meet all the NAFTA requirements to benefit from the Agreement.

Revenue Canada, Customs, and Excise
International Programs Division
Connaught Building, 5TH Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L5
Tel: (613) 954-6819/Fax: (613) 952-1698


The Canadian Goods and Service Tax (GST) nets out at six percent on a value-added basis at each re-sale level. Canadian importers must remit seven percent of the duty-paid value of their imported merchandise to Revenue Canada. Importers are permitted to apply the tax paid against any tax liability resulting from the re-sale of the imported goods and to remit the difference of the added value at that time.


Products sold in Canada must comply with the standards established by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada's largest standard-writing body. Information pertaining to these standards and pre-import requirements can be obtained by contacting the CSA directly. U.S. companies should also contact the Underwriters Laboratories in the United States (or their Canadian office) since they now have a reciprocal agreement with the CSA regarding product standards and certification.

Canadian Standards Association
178 Rexdale Blvd.
Rexdale, ON M9W 1R3
Tel: (416) 747-4000/Fax: (416) 747-2475

Underwriters Laboratories Incorporated
333 Pfingsten Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Tel: (847) 272-8800/Fax: (847) 272-8129

Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
7 Crouse Rd.
Scarborough, ON M1R 3A9
Tel: (416) 757-3611/Fax: (416) 757-9540
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