Duty on Camera Equipment
Here's a list of duty rates on camera equipment. Remember, items manufacturered in the US are always duty free. If an item is not manufactured in the United States, the duties in the following table apply. Some categories are duty free (like Cameras and Lenses). We try to be accurate, but we're not responsible for any errors below.
We give the Canadian Border Services Agency classification code for each item in brackets.
Point and Shoot Cameras (8525.80.00)
SLR Cameras (9006.51.00)
SLR Lenses, Rangefinder Lenses (9002.11.10)
Flashes and Speedlights (9006.61.00)
Video Cameras and Camcorders (8525.80.30)
Filters for Lenses (9002.20.10)
Lens Hoods for Lenses (9006.91.10)
Tripods, Tripod Tops (9006.91.10)
Parts of a Camera or Lens(9006.91.10.30)
Umbrellas, Light stands, Umbrella clamps
* For some odd reason, Manfrotto Tripods are not classified as tripods, since they have uses other than as a photography tripod (video or sport-scope). Thus a duty of 6.5% is owing for "aluminum product", if your tripod is made of aluminum. A 3% duty applies to carbon fibre tripods.
Don't forget. You're always responsible for tax (PST and GST) and possibly brokerage fees, depending on the shipping method. Read our article on Cross-Border Tax, Duty, and Brokerage Fees for more details.
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