Process a Temporary Import

Special procedures and documentation are often necessary to properly process a shipment that is to be imported temporarily. The procedures vary depending upon a number of factors including:

  • The origin and destination of the shipment
  • The classification of goods
  • The value of goods
  • The origin of goods (country of manufacture)

Please note, the two most common errors concerning temporary shipments are:

  • Failing to indicate on the shipping documentation that the shipment is a temporary import.
  • Failing to properly document and re-export or destroy the articles. When this happens, the bond or security deposit is forfeited and the importer bears the duty and tax expense.


What should a Canadian exporter do?
Many, but not all, temporary import and exports require some type of controlled import and/or export processing and therefore they cannot be accepted on FedEx door-to-door international services. However, these shipments are acceptable for FedEx air cargo services.

What should a Canadian importer do?
If a shipment has been transported to Canada via FedEx Express® and it is identified as a temporary import shipment prior to customs release, FedEx Express will contact the importer advising them of the clearance options.

FedEx Ancillary service fees for special clearance
FedEx may incur additional time or expense when clearing an import shipment due to the commodities being imported or special brokerage processing. To see a complete listing of ancillary service fees assessed in the countries and regions FedEx serves (including the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific region), please visit . For additional information regarding FedEx services or restrictions, please call FedEx Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339.