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Border exemptions set to jump

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Starting June 1, Canadians shopping in the U.S. and elsewhere will be able to bring a greater value of goods duty- and tax-free back over the border.

But those people should read the new exemptions carefully to familiarize themselves as to how much they can bring back.

As of June 1, personal exemptions will be as follows:

  • You can bring back goods valued up to $200 (Cdn.) if you have been absent from Canada for no less than 24 hours.

It should be clarified, however, that if the value of the goods imported exceeds the $200 limit, duty and taxes will be applicable to the entire amount.

For instance, if you bring back $250 worth of goods, you will have to pay duty and taxes on the entire $250, not just the $50 over the $200 exemption amount.

Goods must accompany the traveller. As well, alcohol and tobacco products cannot be included under this exemption.

  • You can bring back goods valued up to $800 (Cdn.) if you have been absent from Canada for no less than 48 hours.

Again, goods must accompany the traveller, but alcohol and tobacco products may be included under this exemption.

  • You can bring back goods valued up to $800 (Cdn.) if you have been absent from Canada for no less than seven days.

In this instance, with the exception of alcohol and tobacco products, goods do not have to accompany the traveller provided they are reported upon arrival.

Alcohol and tobacco products may be included under this exemption.

As in the past, you cannot combine your personal exemptions with another person’s, or transfer them to someone else.

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