How to calculate your CBSA import duty and tax when you import goods to Canada

ARGO Customs Brokers has prepared a very useful and easy-to-use tool for you called the Duty and Tax Calculator that helps you estimate the amount of duty and tax you will be charged when you import goods to Canada.

To use the form, simply indicate the 10-digit HS code, country of origin, and value of the goods, and the calculator will present you with a total. Finding the HS code requires locating the type of imported goods in the table on the right-hand side of the form.

Click here to access the Duty and Tax Calculator

To better understand how the taxes will be applied, consider the following:

  • A commercial or business importation would be levied a Customs tax of 5% (GST) on top of the duty for all provinces.
  • A one-time personal importation will be taxed according to the province of residence.

For more information, please check the article on the CBSA’s website titled “Importing commercial goods into Canada – 3. Determining duties and taxes.”

Of special note, some goods (like basic groceries) could be zero-rated (tax-free).

In addition to the Duty and Tax Calculator, Argo Customs Brokers offers an additional calculator that is used for estimating Customs Brokerage fees.

Click here to access the Customs Brokerage Fees Calculator, and in a few clicks, you will be able to calculate the fees.

We invite you to consult with our brokers directly regarding any importing or exporting activities via our chat option at or via email at