Screening goods at the border

Get information on how goods are screened, what detection tools are used to keep unsafe and illegal goods out of Canada, and what you need to know before crossing the border.


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Food, plant and animal inspections

See which foods, plants, animals and related products may contain foreign pests and diseases and are not allowed to cross the border.


You must report any currency with a value of more than CAN$10,000 (or the equivalent in a foreign currency) when entering or leaving Canada.

Prohibited and restricted goods

To avoid the possibility of penalties, including seizure or prosecution, make sure you have the information you need before trying to bring items into Canada.

Detection tools

Border services officers use a variety of tools to detect contraband, prohibited or restricted goods.

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