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Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

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Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

I'm confused about taking fruit into Canada. I went to the Canadian Government website about this and couldn't find the answer.....there seemed to be restrictions on apples coming from US but only to British Columbia.

I generally pack about 6 apples when we take a trip, for the plane and then a few when we land, until I can find a grocery store (what can I say, I like apples!).

Will I be allowed to take my apples into British Columbia?

Nanaimo, Canada
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1. Re: Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

No I don't believe you can. Much like you can't take citrus products into California. Protects our apple industry in BC from disease. Lovely apples available upon arrival.

Vancouver, Canada
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2. Re: Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

You do have to declare, on the customs card that you fill out on the plane, if you are bring fruit into Canada. For Canadian Customs, I have had a problem only once. I expressed surprise saying I thought xyz apples were allowed. The answer was "there is a problem right now with apples and they're not letting any in." ?? The CO showed me the garbage can right behind the customs kiosk. I ate it and threw away the core.

I have more problem going into the States. You can take BC or WA apples in, with the sticker still on the apple to prove it, and South American bananas. At least that was the rule the last time I went to the States. The rules change, no rhyme nor reason to it that are apparent to me.

Does your hotel have a lobby convenience shop? Sometimes those have bananas and apples available.

Port Moody, Canada
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3. Re: Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

You won't be allowed to take apples or lemons into Canada..we used to always bring lemons from a friend in California, declared them and had no porblem. About 2 years ago they were confiscated..due to a moth that can cross over to apples. You will find lots of apples to buy once you're in BC

Calgary, Canada
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4. Re: Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

As a general rule it's a bad idea to bring fresh fruit across any international border.

In any case it's a non issue, there are lots and lots of apples easily available anywhere in BC, no worries.



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5. Re: Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

Normally you can't bring anything in with seeds, Flowers, fruit included. I do recall that if the fruit has a 'sticker' showing the country of origin it may be ok. I cross the border frequently but find going to the US more restricted than crossing north into Canada. Fruit in Canada is often grown in the US

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6. Re: Can I Take A Few Apples into Canada? (fromUS)

I'm so glad I asked the question! I'll take enough apples for the plane trip and will pick up fresh produce when in BC.


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