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Moving to Canada – Importing Alcoholic Beverages:

December 19th, 2013

It is better NOT to bring any alcohol in a shipment to Canada.

The Canadian government is very strict about importation of Alcoholic Beverages. Often we see shipments oing to examinations just because they have Alcoholic Beverages. This can delay your shipment and cost you extra money.

If you still want to import Alcoholic Beverages, and you have more than 1.5 Liter of wine or 1.14 Liter of alcohol you will need to follow the following chart:



For Ontario:

They will have to get an Import permit from the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) prior to the arrival of the container to Canada. For your convenience, Attached links below: “LCBO Import permit” and “LCBO Import Permit instructions” forms. – Fees to the LCBO are involved as per the guideline specified in the attached instructions.


LCBO Import permit:                   https://www.orbitmoving.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Canada-LCB-2255-Import-Permit-Application.doc

LCBO Import Permit instructions: https://www.orbitmoving.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Canada-LCB-2254-Importation-of-Beverage-Alcohol-Letter.doc



For Quebec:

They have to make a list including the following:

Size of bottles, Percentage of Alcohol  and value for customs.


  1. $3 per Bottle wine and $5 for spirit +  5% GST+ 7.5% TVQ
  2. $089 per Bottle +  5% GST+ 7.5% TVQ
  3. Customs duties at customs (Later when the shipment is cleared from customs)


They must go to the SAQ, file this list and pay the fees. Once they have the permit, they can proceed with us to customs.


SAQ, Customs and Excise Services
7500, Tellier Street
Montréal, Quebec H1N 3W5
Tel: (514) 254-6000, ext. 5563
Fax: (514) 873-4236
E-mail: douanes.accise@saq.qc.ca



For All other provinces

They have to make a list including the following:

Size of bottles, Percentage of Alcohol  and value for customs.


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