New increased duty-free limits came into effect on June 1, 2012

Good news cross-border shoppers! As of June 1, 2012 some of the limits for how much tax-exempt goods you can bring back into Canada increased.

Personal exemption limits: What changed?

According to the Canada Border Services Agency your personal exemption limits are now:

Length of stay New personal exemption limit
24 hours or more $200 (up from $50)
48 hours or more $800 (up from $400)

Personal exemption limits: What didn't change?

Limits for stays of less than 24 hours and stays of 7 or more days remain what they were prior to June 1, 2012:

Length of stay New personal exemption limit
Less than 24 hours $0
7 days or more $800

Although the higher personal exemption limit for stays of 7 days or longer remains the same, qualifying travellers are now allowed to include goods to follow in their exemption; for example, by courier, mail, or delivery agency. This was not previously available to shoppers.

Planning to take advantage of the new higher personal exemption limits?

It's hard to resist the temptation to take advantage of the new higher limits, especially when combined with a relatively strong Canadian dollar these past few years.

Whether it's for a day, weekend or week make sure you're ready.

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