Border requirements for importing and exporting health products (COVID-19)

There is an unprecedented demand and urgent need for access to health products during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Canada's response to COVID-19, interim measures and interim orders (IO) are in place to help ensure quicker and more flexible access to health products.

Health Canada works with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to assess the compliance of health products at the border. To ensure that CBSA and Health Canada can determine if health products meet requirements, shipments should include the necessary information, such as:

Import declaration: Importers should work with their brokers or logistical companies to ensure products are declared correctly for entry into Canada.

For more information about importing commercial goods, see CBSA's Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into Canada.

For more information on Health Canada's codes for declaration through the Single Window Initiative, please see the data element matching criteria tables.

To import medical supplies, please see the customs notice on tariff classification and other information.

For information on how to get authorization for a COVID-19-related medical device, please review the resources on medical devices for uses related to COVID-19.

Health Canada is expediting approvals of product reviews and relevant site or establishment licences for COVID-19-related health products. Find out what authorizations or licences you need to import COVID-19-related health products.

Product type

  • + Medical devices

    Sub-products

    • + Class I (masks, gowns, swabs, isolation pods)

      Sub-products

      • Medical masks and respirators (personal respiratory protective devices)
      • Medical gowns
      • Face shields
      • Isolation units, pods or rooms intended for transporting infected and contaminated patients
      • Nasal pharyngeal swabs
    • Class II devices (medical gloves)
    • Diagnostic devices for use against coronavirus (COVID-19) (Class II, III or IV)
    • Ventilators (Class III or IV)
    • Investigational testing on human subjects
    • Medical devices for research use only (not involving human subjects)
  • + Hand sanitizers or hard surface disinfectants

    Sub-products

    • Hand sanitizers or hard surface disinfectants (drugs)
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (natural health products)
  • Designated drugs
  • Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments
  • Other non-COVID-19 health products
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