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Japan to Canada

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Canada.

UPS small package (via air and ground) can only move alcoholic beverages destined to Ontario, Canada to be cleared by UPS-SCS Ontario and must be cleared by UPS-SCS Ontario.

Alcohol is regulated by each individual province. The Ontario Liquor Control Board (LCB) has authorized UPS SCS in Ontario as their primary Broker. UPS SCS must handle any spirits, beer, wine importing into Ontario. This applies for business to business; business to residence; or residence to residence. The Ontario LCB will not allow their broker (SCS) to release shipments outside of Ontario.

Commercial Shipments: The Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act specifies that alcoholic beverages may only be imported by a Board, Commission, Officer, or Governmental Agency legally authorized to sell intoxicating liquor.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) confirms the maximum of 45 litres daily to any one Ontario consignee.

As there is no approved process for clearing alcohol through the other Provinces, we do not expect to see alcohol shipments outside of Ontario and if we do, normal RTS processes will be in effect. In the case of Quebec, goods will be surrendered to Canada Customs and will not be returned.

Health Canada has banned the importation of baby walkers. The ban does not include strollers or carriages.
Smokeless cigarettes (aka electronic cigarettes) which deliver nicotine are a very recent development and have not yet received approval to be sold in Canada. They are regulated as health products under the Food & Drugs Act.

No market authorizations have been issued to date, so no commercial or non-commercial importation to Canada is permitted. If electronic cigarettes with nicotine cartridges etc., are encountered at the border, they will be refused entry into the country.

Any item originating from Iraq
  • The importations of goods originating in Iraq that were exported from that country after August 6, 1990
  • The exportation of any goods to any person in Iraq
  • Any financial transactions with Iraq
Paintball markers, also known as paintball guns, and other air soft guns are prohibited by UPS for importation into Canada unless the shipper has been approved through the International Special Commodity (ISC) program as a Special Exception. Approval through the ISC program will require that the shipper is a commercial dealer of these devices and that their devices:
  • Are not considered a firearm under Canadian law
  • Are not considered a replica firearm under Canadian law

A device is considered a firearm if:
The muzzle velocity of the projectile from the device is greater than 500 feet per second (152.4 meters per second) and the muzzle energy is greater than 4.2 foot-pounds (5.7 joules). If both of these standards are exceeded then the device is considered a firearm under Canadian law and will remain prohibited even under the UPS ISC Program

A device is considered a replica firearm if:
The device is not a firearm (as defined above) but is designed to resemble a real firearm with exact or near precision. Replica firearms are classified legally as a prohibited device in Canada. UPS Canada and its major competitors prohibit the transportation of prohibited devices.

All paintball marker and other air soft gun shipments, including those shipped by approved ISC shippers, are subject to inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and may delayed or refused entry into Canada at the CBSA's or UPS's discretion.

Additional Information regarding replica firearms:
As a general rule, devices made out of clear plastic and those that are significantly smaller than the real version are not classified as replica firearmss. Brightly coloured paint does not necessarily exclude a device from the definition of a replica firearm. Inquires regarding a particular make and model of air gun can be made to the The Canada Firearms Centre (CAFC) by contacting one of their firearms technicians at 1 800 731-4000, ext 1060. Additonal information about firearm regulations in Canada can also be obtained from the CAFC website at

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
Plants can be sent Standard or Air Service. A Phytosanitary Certificate may be needed. The shipper must contact his state Department of Agriculture to see if one is required.
Seeds can be sent Standard or Air Service. A Phytosanitary Certificate may be needed. The shipper must contact his state Department of Agriculture to see if one is required.
Commodities presenting a risk to plant health have mandatory pre-entry treatment requirements or a transportation restriction depending on the severity of the risk. High risk products include commodities with bark, mass-produced materials, raw wood, and wood products from off-continent, temperate areas. Commercial products of wood have usually undergone appropriate processing and do not represent a concern.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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