Importing Antiques into Canada Duty-Free


antiquebooks_glassesDid you know – Articles (other than spirits or wines) produced more than 50 years prior to the date of accounting (the date the goods clear Customs) are duty free?

How do I take advantage of duty free status?

Articles produced more than 50, but less than 100 years ago:

  • Annex Code (9989) covers articles (other than an age exceeding 100 years, spirits or wines) produced more than 50 years prior to the date the goods clear Customs.
  • You must indicate the year in the description of the goods.
  • Articles over 50 years old (up to 100 years old) are to be classified using their regular tariff classification, followed by the use Annex Code 9989 – This will make those goods duty free.

Articles produced more than 100 years ago:

  • These articles are considered antiques and tariff (9706.00.00.10) is to be used for antique furniture or tariff (9706.00.00.90) for antiques other than furniture.
  • Tariff (9706.00) does not apply to the other articles of chapter 97.
  • You must also indicate the year in the description of the goods and they are to be classified in their own tariff of chapter 97. (i.e. original paintings, original sculptures and engravings, collections of minerals, botanicals etc.).

For more information on duty-free treatment for antiques, please contact Pacific Customs Brokers.

Have questions about duty on personal and commercial imports of antiques? Leave them for us in our comments section below or email Ask Your Broker.



6 Responses to “Importing Antiques into Canada Duty-Free”

  1. Elizabeth Nottingham says:

    I have been given a Wedgewood jardenier that belonged to my great aunt who passed away in 1951 at the age of 80+.
    How do I find out the value & can I import it to Canada without problem?

    • Maria Mate says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Thank you for recently visiting our website.

      In regards to the gifted Wedgewood jardenier, if it was left to you in an official Will, the will and a copy of the death certificate could be used to make the Customs declaration.

      If the goods are a bequest and you have the supporting documentation, Customs has some discretion. Please find this link to a sample Personal Effects Accounting Document Form (Form B4). For Customs purposes, nothing is truly free – everything would have a value for Customs (transactional value as if the goods were being sold).

      For both Customs and insurance purposes, we would highly recommend the you look at getting a professional appraisal from a dealer well versed in valuation for antiques.

      Best Regards,
      Maria Mate, CCS,CTCS
      Client Services
      Pacific Customs Brokers

  2. Karl Larsen says:

    Question: What would be the duty charge on a 50+ year old comic book imported from the USA? Would it be exempt under Annex Code (9989)?

    How would that compare to a 49 year old comic? Would there still be GST applied to the purchase?

    Many thanks!

  3. rps says:

    What are the duties on bringing into Canada a container of antique furniture?

  4. Kellie Skandaliaris says:

    Is the information in this article still accurate? We’re going to be living seasonally in Canada (currently in the US) and would like to be able to import the antiques/mid century furniture we currently own, or find along the way, without incident.
    Also, does this mean that my daughter, who is a Canadian Citizen, can import antiques for her boutique without paying duty as long as they’re of the appropriate age and correctly marked?

    Thanks for your help!


  5. Faraz Durrani says:

    Hello Maria
    I need your help regarding the import of an old probably over 200 years old chinese art work piece which is the property of my relatives in Pakistan I wanted to know what is the procedure and requirements for importing such an antique on both personal and business category

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