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Exporting Artwork & Exhibiting Outside of Canada

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Exhibiting outside of the country requires many extra layers of planning and consideration. In particular, exporting your artwork out of Canada is a complex process requiring significant paperwork and preparation. This resource will guide you through the processes involved and help you prepare your artwork to cross borders without delay. Topics covered: • Duties and taxes • How and when to use Certificates of Canadian Origin • What you'll need to show at the border • Tips for visas, general immigration and working/artmaking outside of Canada • How to safely and properly ship your artwork • Classifying your artwork with Harmonization Codes • Documention such as ATA Carnets, Commercial Invoices, entry forms, temporary import bonds (TIBs), and more Reviewed and revised in 2020


CARFAC Ontario is the association of visual and media artists in Ontario. Our vision is for vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities in which we as artists are properly recognized for the role we play.


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