"Personal effects" are classified as second-hand items that have been in existence for at least 6 months and are intended for personal use by the recipient. If you are traveling or moving and sending your personal belongings to Canada, it is suggested that you provide the following document for customs clearance:
- The most detailed pro-forma invoice possible
- Receiver's passport and Canadian visa copy if possible
- Travel itinerary (copy of plane ticket, for example)
- Letter of declaration of the recipient explaining the reason of the expedition
You can attach these documents in a transparent document holder securely attached and secure on your luggage.
Customs may request additional documents and will lock the baggage if necessary. A contact will normally be made directly with you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.
Canadian customs has the right to check the items inside your bag. To avoid customs delays, please do not ship new product, prohibited items or merchandise. Customs CA authorities may charge duties, taxes and other customs charges for the shipment of personal effects at their own discretion. The recipient is required to comply with customs laws and regulations and any applicable customs charges.
We also recommend reading this page: http://international.dhl.ca/en/country_profile/import_guidelines_express.html