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Importing Footwear from Japan

Expert: CCRA

Maria asked:

I am a shoe importer in Toronto and would like to start importing shoes from Japan. What are the rules and regulations and documents required for importing goods from Japan?

CCRA answered:

As far as customs is concerned, there are no special forms to import footwear in to Canada. Customs will need to see the bill of sale from the supplier of the shoes from Japan.

The only other requirement is that the shoes themselves must have a label affixed to them indicating the country they were made in, weather it be Japan or another county. If the shoes are not marked when they arrive at customs, the shoes will not be allowed in to Canada.

For more information, please consult the Importing Good for Business section of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website, located at:

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Canada Customs and Revenue Agency is an older federal ministry responsible for customs and tax. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Customs Program of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency was transferred to the new Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in December 2003. You can learn about the program at:

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