Shipping clothes from Canada to USA: what does the Certificate of Disinfection entail, where do I get it?
March 28, 2011 12:44 PM Subscribe
I have 2 large boxes of used clothing/shoes to ship to the US soon, and the post office employee told me the volume of items would definitely not pass the border unless I have a Certificate of Disinfection. Unfortunately, this document seems non-existent. There is NO information in Google, answers are always something along the lines of, "Ship it in several smaller boxes!"
or "Don't say it's clothing!"
which are avoiding the point: I am trying to do this by the book (legally).
Does anyone have experience with this particularly evasive document, or parameters that would let Customs determine the packages are okay?
Or another way I could *legally* ship the clothing to the US?
posted by Geethebluesky to Travel & Transportation (11 answers total)
The Canada Post guide
mentions "Parcels containing used wearing apparel (e.g. used clothing, footwear, linen, etc.) may be required to enclose a certificate of disinfection issued by recognized disinfection establishments or in their absence, by private concerns including dry cleaning firms. The wrapper must be endorsed “CERTIFICATE OF DISINFECTION ENCLOSED”
So I've been Googling for three days, calling dry cleaners and specialized cleaning services left and right: nobody knows what this Certificate is, nobody knows how to produce it or where I could get it.
One specialized service says they could probably process the clothes correctly if they have cleaning parameters, but I have no idea where to find those.
I even tried calling the US Embassy in Montreal, to no avail (can't even get a human being on the phone).