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Can I bring vegetables/fruits from US to Canada?

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I can't find the link, but most of these are fine, especially if they are products of the United States.

Canada doesn't generally have many restrictions on that kind of import. However it must be declared.
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Hairball wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2010 11:44 am

Canada doesn't generally have many restrictions on that kind of import. However it must be declared.
Basically just declare everything, unless you have something really exotic or illegal they'll just confiscate it and send you on your way.
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my friend bought peach from US Costco, and border officer told him to dump to the garbage. :o

the website is so mess up, they just put all documents in there.
Hairball wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2010 11:44 am
I can't find the link, but most of these are fine, especially if they are products of the United States.

Canada doesn't generally have many restrictions on that kind of import. However it must be declared.
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Most U.S. supermarkets near the border have helpful signs attached to each product display,
indicating whether or not they can be taken into Canada.

At least in my experience, such as Market Place stores:

http://www.marketplacefood.com/locations.html

(There are more forbidden items than you might expect.)
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(Most other groceries are acceptable though.)
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Since the CBSA website changed, they seem to have removed the page with a good summary on the food you can bring in, but here's an archive page:
http://web.archive.org/web/200807311052 ... i-eng.html

Are citrus fruits considered tropical fruits? If so you can bring 250 kg per person. Eat your heart out. :D :D
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i'm curious to why you would take fruits from the US into canada to begin with?
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The_Madz wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2010 11:49 am
i'm curious to why you would take fruits from the US into canada to begin with?
maybe it's cheaper? i know some exotic fruits over here are cheaper to buy than in the US. everytime my uncle and aunt come to visit, they are always trying to bring back fruits but they always get caught :lol:
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the_fm wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2010 11:56 am
maybe it's cheaper? i know some exotic fruits over here are cheaper to buy than in the US. everytime my uncle and aunt come to visit, they are always trying to bring back fruits but they always get caught :lol:
yeah but seriously, it's fruit, what do you save? $1? $2?
not to mention i'm always pretty skeptical of anything food in the states since their laws are a bit different in terms of what they can and cannot do on their farms.
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The_Madz wrote:
Jul 23rd, 2010 12:03 pm
yeah but seriously, it's fruit, what do you save? $1? $2?
not to mention i'm always pretty skeptical of anything food in the states since their laws are a bit different in terms of what they can and cannot do on their farms.
If you go grocery shopping in the US, you're likely going to see all this stuff there for sale, so you would probably buy it as if you were shopping at a local grocery store. That's why you would be buying it. However if you don't know something can't be imported, you will be in for a surprise at the border.

As for the laws in the US, yeah tell that to all the fruit you buy in grocery stores here that's from California, Florida, etc. LOL.
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The Customs Agent made me throw away a 10 lb bag of potatoes. Potatoes are considered as fruit! Unfortunately, I knew a 10 lb bag of "U.S." potatoes was allowed (I found some reference on the Customs web site) but I didn't have a hard copy to show the agent. I will next time!
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I just came back from NYC 2 days ago and the answer is no Fruits and Vegie (US-to-CAN and CAN-to-US)
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