How To Import Antiques Into Canada Duty Free

Did you know? Articles produced more than 50 years before the date of accounting (the date they cleared Customs) are duty free. Excluding alcohol, of course!

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.
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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.).
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Cherie Storms
CCS (CA & US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Cherie Storms is the Canadian Operations Manager with PCB Customs Brokers, with over 18 years in international trade operations and regulatory experience. Since joining the company in 2007, she has become an Executive Board Member for the Canadian Customs Brokers Society, BC Region, and spoke at the Women in Transportation Annual General Meeting in 2010 regarding her experience running international logistics for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Cherie is a member of CSCB's National Commercial Operations and eManifest Committee and sits on the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers' Board of Directors. In 2020, Cherie received the Emerging Leader award in the annual Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Women in Business Awards. In her off time, Cherie is a motorsports driver for the Shift Up Now racing team, SCCA and CACC Women on Track Leader, racing tracks in Daytona and Indianapolis. With multiple championships, Cherie is a leader in the Jr Ambassador Program, encouraging young girls to excel in motorsports. Cherie has spoken at many seminars on the importance of trade compliance. She is currently enrolled in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Business Management Program to become an international trade lawyer.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.