In response to problems encountered by artists whose work was being returned from exhibition or consignment abroad, a Certificate of Canadian Origin was developed by CARFAC with the approval of Revenue Canada and Customs and Excise. It is a document that identifies original works of art that are temporarily being exported abroad. This will allow works of art to pass through Customs without any GST implications.
Please note that the turnaround time for certificate is 2 weeks, plus shipping. Rush requests will be considered on an individual basis and an additional $25 rush fee will be applied to orders needed in less than 2 weeks. Additional costs for express postage may also apply and will be charged in addition to regular fees.
CARFAC Ontario does not process Certificates; please contact CARFAC National for processing:
In order to meet Customs requirements, another artist who is in good standing with CARFAC and is knowledgeable with your work must verify each work of art by filling out the section under "Certification by CARFAC". The Certificate may be used by a party other than the artists (e.g., a private collector) if the registered owner section is completed and provided no change of ownership takes place during the temporary export.