Items you are not allowed to ship into the USA from Canada

With tightening borders, shipping to the USA from Canada can be a nightmare for anyone trying to ship their products there. Let FlagShip help, read our tips.

Items you are not allowed to ship into the USA from Canada

Posted by Tania

With tightening borders, shipping products to the United States from Canada can be a nightmare for many small business owners. Do not risk having your shipments returned to you at your expense. The best advice is to do your due diligence before you ship anything into the USA. Ensure your product complies with their laws and regulations, and that you have all the proper information and documents required prior to shipping, i.e. country of origin, quantity, value, HS code if applicable. Below you’ll find a few helpful tips and resources, but if you are unsure whether you can ship your products to the USA, just ask the FlagShip team of experts.

A brief guide to what you’re not allowed to ship into the USA
Here’s what the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has to say on what you are not allowed to ship into the USA:
“The products CBP prevent from entering the United States are those that would injure community health, public safety, American workers, children, or domestic plant and animal life, or those that would defeat our national interests. Sometimes the products that cause injury, or have the potential to do so, may seem fairly innocent. But, as you will see from the material that follows, appearances can be deceiving.”…US CBP website

The following is an abbreviated list of prohibited items found on the US CBP website:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Prescription drugs
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Firearms
  • Merchandise from embargoed countries and more

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What else should I know about shipping from Canada to the US?

Click on the link below for more helpful information about shipping from Canada to the US, including documents and forms, duties and taxes, frequently asked questions and more!

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