Not all duties are created equal. If purchasing original artwork made in the United States or Mexico, the artwork is exempt from Canadian duty under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Artwork deemed original must have been formed by the artist’s hand, such as with paintings and drawings. According to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), this does not apply to mass-produced reproductions or pieces constructed in a “cookie-cutter” manner, where one design is repeated without extensive variance in style, even when artists perform this construction.
This is extremely good news for art collectors in Canada. I often sell to Canadian collectors and I’m glad I can pass this information.