As of 2010, Canada ranked as the 12th-largest importer in the world. Some of its imports include animals and animal products, plastic, rubber, wood pulp, new vehicles and aircraft. It also imports vegetable, food, mineral and chemical products, such as coffee, cereal, alcohol and fertilizer, as well as arms and ammunition.
Canada also imports electricity, crude oil and several types of consumer goods, such as paper products, footwear, umbrellas, glass and glassware, ceramic products, musical instruments, clocks and watches. The country allows the importation of pearls, base metals, machinery, clocks, arms, ammunition and works of art. Canada imports silk, wool, cotton, carpets and other textile floor coverings, as well as laminated fabrics and industrial textiles, knitted or crocheted fabric, woven clothing and other apparel.
Canada requires businesses to register the products they want to import. If the country decides to let the business import the product or good, it assigns it a specific tariff or tax. The company must pay this tax before receiving its goods. Customs also reserves the right to inspect and hold any product imported into the country. As of 2010, the United States, Mexico and China were Canada's largest import partners.
Canada prohibits the importation of legal or illegal tender, goods manufactured in whole or in part by prison labor, used or second-hand mattresses, white phosphorous matches, obscene materials and pornography. It limits the importation of copyrighted books, as well as used or second-hand aircraft and motor vehicles.