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Tax Exemptions

Tax Exemption for Cross-Border Shopping or Vacationing

Personal exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value into Canada without paying the regular duties and taxes.  Tax exemptions are calculated by hours/days of absent per person.  This is applicable to:

Goods acquired abroad by a resident or temporary resident of Canada or by a former resident who is returning to Canada to resume residence, for the personal or household use of that person or as souvenirs or gifts, but not bought on commission or as an accommodation for any other person or for sale, and reported by that person at time of return to Canada.

Absent from Canada less than 24 hours

If you are a Canadian traveler visiting the United States just for the day (less than 24 hours), there is no exemption on the goods you will bring back into Canada upon your return. You will have to pay the regular duty and taxes on those goods.

Absent from Canada or 24 hours but less than 48 hours

You can bring in CAN$50 worth of goods free of duty and tax. However, if the goods you bring in are worth more than CAN$50 in total, you cannot claim this exemption. Instead you have to pay full applicable duties and taxes on all goods you bring in.

There is no exemption for Alcohol and Tobacco. See below.

48 hours or more

If you bought alcohol or tobacco, you can bring in CAN$400 worth of goods free of duty and tax.  You must have the goods with you when you arrive in Canada. Although you can include some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, a partial exemption may apply to cigarettes, tobacco products and manufactured tobacco.

7 days or more

You can bring in CAN$750 worth of goods free of duty and tax.

The personal exemption cannot be pooled with other person’s exemption to cover an article that is valued in excess of the exemption limit. Neither can a person’s exemption be transferred to another person.

Duty Free Limits on Alcohol and Tobacco

Restrictions apply to the amount of alcohol and tobacco you can bring into Canada under your exemption. If you have been outside Canada for at least 48 hours and are of legal age, you can bring in these amounts of alcohol and tobacco products free of duty and tax as part of your personal exemption:

Alcoholic beverages:

  • 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or
  • 1.5 L of wine; or
  • 24 X 355 ml (12 oz.) containers of beer.

Tobacco products (all of the following):

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 50 cigars or cigarillos;
  • 200 tobacco sticks; and
  • 200 g (7 oz.) of manufactured tobacco.

Exceeding the Exempted Amount

If you bring goods over the exempted value, after being absent from Canada over 48 hours, the value for duty of the goods shall be reduced by an amount equal to that maximum specified value and, in the case of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, the quantity of those goods shall be reduced by the quantity of alcoholic beverages and tobacco up to the maximum quantities allowed.

If you are only absent from Canada less than 48 hours and you bring back goods over $50, you’ll have to pay duty and tax on the full value.

If you are absent from Canada of at least 48 hours, and you have brought items over the exemption limit no more than $300, you’ll be able to pay a favorable duty rate of 7% for all goods from MFN nations. This does not apply to alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.

Please check out the I declare form at Canadian Border Services Agency. Here’s a sample form you need to fill when entering Canada via air.  CBSA has a detailed memorandum on this issue.

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135 Responses to “Tax Exemptions”

  1. Celinda ScottNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I am getting ready to ship books on prayer published in the US to an associate in Canada. Is he going to have to pay taxes and duties?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    There’s no duty on books. But there’ll be tax.
    http://betterdollar.com/duty-rate-for-printed-books-brochures-leaflets-and-similar-printed-matter-whether-or-not-in-single-sheets/

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    WillyNo Gravatar Reply:

    I m going on Friday Sept.03 to the USA will come back Monday Sept. 06,if I buy a snow Blower what cost 600 $ how much duty do I have to pay on it.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    No duty on snowblowers. so you will get your $400 exemption for being away at least 48 hours, and that leaves you owing GST/HST on the remaining $200.

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    US dudeNo Gravatar Reply:

    My advice if you are bringing something to toronto, is to have an American bring it in. I have never been searched and they hardly ever ask if you are bringing anything into canada. I had a small refrigerator in the back seat that I am sure was visible and also brought a laptop and a hdtv across the border coming from Buffalo and there was not even a question asked. I would have probably declared if they would have asked but they did not, they only asked what I was doing and how long I was staying.

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  2. JoleeNo Gravataron 21 Nov 2009 at 10:55 am

    Do you know if there are any exemptions for First Nations ppl, considering we can have duel citizenship and or recognize no border

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    First Nations people that carry a status card do not pay sales tax. But otherwise you would be treated like any resident or non resident.

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    Mike BNo Gravatar Reply:

    When I have items shipped to Washington (usually camera gear) I always pay taxes at the BC border crossing when coming home. Are you saying that if I mention I have a status card I would not have to pay this tax?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    My mistake…duty and taxes do in fact apply to those carry Status cards when they import…. section 87 of the indian act does not apply most of the time. there are a few exceptions like when goods are purchased on a reserve or purchased by a band or group outside a reserve but to be delivered to a reserve etc…for specific purposes
    Sorry!

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    ChrisNo Gravatar Reply:

    Don’t think you’re right here. The Jay Treaty includes provisions recognizing and acknowledging the existence and right of certain long-established “Indian” systems and practices. These are contained in Article III of the Jay Treaty. Aboriginal practices and systems of trade, commerce, and mobility between territories existed long before European arrival to North America. The Jay Treaty by way of Article III, was the European mechanism by which they were able to reiterate and recognize particular independent and pre-existing rights of Aboriginal Peoples.

    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Jay I’m no expert on native affairs. but from what I know up until yesterday…imported goods are duty and taxable for everone except under certain circumstances.. check out an old post from nativenews they were even protesting about it. http://www.mail-archive.com/nativenews@mlists.net/msg03220.html

    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Also check out this blurb on BC’s Legal Services Society website

    “Do I have to pay customs taxes and duties?
    Aboriginal people have been unsuccessful in relying on the Jay Treaty and
    Aboriginal rights for a general right to cross-border trade.
    In Mitchell v. Canada (Minister of National Revenue), a Mohawk tribal member
    claimed immunity from customs duties. Five of the Supreme Court of Canada
    judges found that the Mohawks had not proven an Aboriginal right to transboundary
    trade. The other two judges said that any right to trans-boundary trade
    was incompatible with Canadian sovereignty and would have been extinguished
    even if it existed.
    Because of the division in the court in the Mitchell case, any claim to an
    Aboriginal right to trans-boundary trade would be a very difficult legal argument
    and your client would definitely need legal counsel.”

    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Update, Ontario will now not be charging the provincial portion of the HST…8% to holder of Indian Status cards who import personal items. Keep in mind anything sent by mail or courier will be charged full HST but you can put in for a refund if you live in Ontario and have Native Status

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    AnnoyedNo Gravatar Reply:

    How do i go about finding the documents to claim my refund. I crossed the border yesterday and was required to pay 100 HST of products purchased in michigan. I inquired to the customs officer about First Nation PST exemption and he informed me that he has not been told anything.

  3. MartineNo Gravataron 24 Nov 2009 at 12:35 pm

    If leave Canada on a Saturday and return the following Friday is that 7 days or more and hence $750 tax exemption?

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    Custom InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    from the cbsa website “To calculate the number of days you have been absent, do not include the date you left Canada but include the date you returned. Dates matter but not times. For example, we consider you to have been absent seven days if you left Friday the 7th and returned Friday the 14th.”

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    confusedNo Gravatar Reply:

    What If i leave canada for more than 7 days , now am returning but i m a international student studying in Canada?i went to US for holidays? does $75o applies to me as well?

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  4. JocelynNo Gravataron 25 Nov 2009 at 11:08 am

    I’m thinking of ordering a piece of fitness equipment from the USA. It weighs about 30 pounds. Will it be exempt from taxes and duty?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Tax and duty are not based on weight ;-) but on price.

    I’d assume that you’re doing a mail order. If this is under CA$60, and marked as Gift, you could get away wihtout paying tax and duty.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Also depends on where you’re equipment is made. Duty rates differ accordinging to Tariff Treament and that is based on country of origin. If it does not appear to be gift and it opened it will be assessed a value and you will have to pay the duties and taxes and dispute it after if you wish

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  5. ChrisNo Gravataron 28 Nov 2009 at 2:17 pm

    What is the rate of duty on electronics? Say I were to purchase a TV and stereo system on sale just across the border?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Have a look here http://betterdollar.com/whats-the-duty-tax-on-plasmalcd-tv/

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  6. michael jeanesNo Gravataron 29 Dec 2009 at 2:37 pm

    hi less than 24hrs out of canada.Is there an exemption of $20 or 6 beer thanks

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    No there’s no exemption of alcohol, if you’re away less then 48 hours.

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  7. DonnaNo Gravataron 08 Jan 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Iam purchasing a Boat in Wisconsin and paying state tax there as well as GST & PST at the border. Can I claim for a tax rebate from Wisconsin? Thanks

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  8. SimoneNo Gravataron 22 Jan 2010 at 8:24 am

    I’m curious to know why both GST and PST need to be paid on items that go beyond the personal exemption amounts if I am already paying the state tax on the item. It’s not like I can apply for a refund for the state tax because I’m only a visitor. It feels like a double whammy. Or perhaps I am just not understanding the whole process.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    because you did not purchase these item in Canada. That is how we protect the economy and encourage you to support local or foreign businesses in Canada that employ canadians and pay canadian taxes.

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  9. GailNo Gravataron 30 Jan 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I am flying to the U.S. from Victoria Canada and back the same day, to purchase a reconditioned Singer electronic sewing machine from a sewing machine store in Chicago; the purchase price is US$209. What can I be expected to pay for tax and / or duty on this item when I arrive in Canada?
    Thank you.

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    Custom InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    No Duty on sewing machine, just HST on the 209 plus any tax you paid in the US.

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  10. UrsulaNo Gravataron 10 Mar 2010 at 9:25 pm

    thinking of buying a geothermal heat pump, approx $ 2000.-were away in USA 6 months. 5 person’s of the same household, all grown-ups How much would the tax be.

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  11. shannonNo Gravataron 15 Mar 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I am a dual citizen of Canada and USA, yet live in Canada. Can I bring more across, or pay no duty or taxes? Is there any difference to being just a Canadian citizen?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    no difference. its based on where your residency is

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  12. PierreNo Gravataron 08 May 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I am considering purchase an electronic Dual Efie from PA. The price is $90.00. Will there be a duty/tarrif tax? If so, would you please let me know the cost.

    Thanks

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  13. TinaNo Gravataron 11 Aug 2010 at 9:59 am

    My friend went shopping in Seattle (from Calgary) and didn’t have to pay any sales tax if she said she was from Alberta. All she had to do was sign a paper and they deducted it from her bill. I just got back from Phoenix, but had to pay sales tax on everything I bought. Could I apply to get my tax paid back?

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    Custom InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    You can put in a Form B2G for any duty you paid with supporting documentation…not sure about the GST though…I think its through CRA

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  14. MarkNo Gravataron 24 Aug 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I plan to purchase an electric three-wheeled mobility scooter in Seattle and have it shipped to Vancouver. Value approx. $4,000 US. Will I have to pay any duty or HST on the mobility scooter?

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    customsinfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi Mark, Mobility scooters can be imported duty and tax free.
    You should not be charged anything…and if you are you can get your money back. There is no duty for this item according to the Customs Tariff and according to the Excise Tax Act the scooter counts as a medical device and is exempt from GST. Hope this helps…

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    JessNo Gravatar Reply:

    What if the mobility scooter is purchased on an online site such as ebay and is coming from a company based in the us, shipped to canada?

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  15. IngridNo Gravataron 02 Sep 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I want to got to buffalo for labour day to do some back to school shoppong for my daughter. How much can i spend without having to pay duty or taxes?

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  16. ShoppingNo Gravataron 02 Sep 2010 at 6:54 pm

    if i go shopping 1 day and come the next night I will have to pay the HST for all of it ?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    If you are not away from Canada at least 24 hours then yes

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  17. Jeff TysonNo Gravataron 06 Sep 2010 at 6:50 pm

    When going shopping for clothing in the states and buying items not made in any nafta country, How much is the duty rate for clothing made in china or thailand or europe per $100

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Around 18%

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  18. Matt GNo Gravataron 08 Sep 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I am thinking of puchasing a used mortar mixer in the States and bringing it back to Canada. Day trip, I understand the exemption rule but can’t find any info on used equipment purchases. What would I need to pay at the border to bring the mortar mixer back into Canada?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    No duty just GST/HST or sales tax

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  19. GaryNo Gravataron 20 Sep 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I wish to purchase american made steel toe workboots and bring them back to canada while only spending about 24 hours give or take state side. How much duty/tariff/or tax will I be paying. estimated value is 400.00 u.s.

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  20. muntherNo Gravataron 23 Sep 2010 at 9:13 pm

    i planing to bring with me 1000 cigarettes 5 times what i am allwayed too, how much the amount of Taxes i will be Charged for Exceeding Personal Allowances cigarettes

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  21. njivyoNo Gravataron 27 Sep 2010 at 4:18 am

    I am a German citizen (in Canada for 6 months) and want to go to Seattle for a 1 day shopping trip. Will I be charged the full duty, since I’ll be leaving Canada in a few weeks and might be charged again at the arrival in Germany? Got some contradictory information, I hope someone can help me get clear on that.

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  22. TCNo Gravataron 28 Sep 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I am thinking of buying 2 personal watercraft (waverunners) and double trailer in NH and bringing them back to Canada. I know I need the registrations for the waverunners and trailer. Do I need to send these up to clear before arriving at the border or just produce them when I arrive? How can I check or be sure that they will clear and that there isn’t a lein on them ? Will therE be duty on these as well or just taxes or both ?

    Cheers

    TC

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  23. ABNo Gravataron 29 Oct 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I am thinking order books online from U.S to Canada. I am wondering that if there any duty on it. Thank you!

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  24. peter dolmanNo Gravataron 24 Nov 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I am a canadian citizen, away from canada 6 months each year both working and travelling, I have my family that I live with in Thailand. I want to bring back clothing (sports shirts) 100 items, purchase value in Thailand is approximately $300 canadian dollars. Am I tax and duty exempt on this value? if so what is my $ limit at tax and duty exempt under this scenario

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  25. KimNo Gravataron 30 Nov 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Hello
    I am from Vancouver, BC. Same day, I want to buy a used Middleby Marshall Gas Conveyer Pizza Oven from US. Do I have to pay for any taxes? If I do, how much it would be?

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  26. BruceNo Gravataron 31 Dec 2010 at 10:23 am

    What is the duty rate on baby products?

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  27. BuffyNo Gravataron 19 Jan 2011 at 11:40 am

    I have Indian status and I am ordering my appliances from NY state and having it delivered to Westbank Indian reserve. the appliances are made in the US will I have to pay hst?

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  28. ENo Gravataron 22 Jan 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I am Canadian, and want to bring into Ontario a case of wine.
    How can I do that and how much duty do I have to pay??

    e

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  29. SteveNo Gravataron 22 Jan 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Fucking thieves…

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  30. ShawnNo Gravataron 30 Jan 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I am considering purchasing a motorcycle lift in the US for $500.00. the lift is for personal use only in my garage. Am I correct in understanding that after 48 hours in the US I would be eligible for the $400 exemption and have to pay HST on the remainder of the purchase price of the lift if the product is built in the US?

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  31. CurtisNo Gravataron 30 Jan 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I am thinking about going to the states to buy building materials for my new house, would I have to pay duty?

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  32. SuzanneNo Gravataron 09 Feb 2011 at 9:02 am

    if i cross the border into NY state and buy groceries and return within that day……….do i pay duty/taxes etc. what am i allowed to bring back.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    There’s no tax/duty exemption, if you are not out of the counrty for 24 hours.

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    suzanneNo Gravatar Reply:

    what about nafta……….if the groceries are “made in the USA” would they not be duty free……….

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes, NAFTA still applies. Products made in US/Mexico/Canada are always duty free, regardless personal exemptions.

    Zbar01No Gravatar Reply:

    But NOT GST/HST exempt!!

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  33. SteveNo Gravataron 17 Feb 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I’m want to cross the in to the US to buy a $200 bike (just a regular mountain bike)… how do I calculate how much tax/duty i will have to pay?
    I’m only planning on going for a few hours.
    Thanks!

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    Zbar01No Gravatar Reply:

    If it’s made in the USA, CANADA or MEXICO – no duty, just GST & HST(PST)

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  34. JennNo Gravataron 25 Feb 2011 at 9:04 am

    My question is, I have lived in the states for 7 years. I now have a daughter and we plan on moving back to Canada (I am a Canadian citizen). Will I be taxed like crazy if I bring back our items (no large furniature, just clothes, one computer, her toys, a few decorations, and my van)?

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    Zbar01No Gravatar Reply:

    If you are moving back permanently (I think it’s more than 6 months) then there will be NO duty or taxes on Personal Items (eg not for resale) any decent Moving company can give you more details

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  35. BrendaNo Gravataron 03 Mar 2011 at 11:41 pm

    what is the duty and tax on a used classical guitar approx. $1,000?

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    Zbar01No Gravatar Reply:

    All depends on how long you spend in the USA! And then where it was made.

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  36. M. PotterNo Gravataron 28 Mar 2011 at 11:32 am

    If I want to go cross from Manitoba into North Dakota to shop for groceries and am gone only 24 hours, is there a limit to what I bring back? There would be no tobacco or alcolhol.

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    Zbar01No Gravatar Reply:

    Not as long as you are willing to pay the GST and HST/PST!
    There may be a limit of $5000 but am not sure – call them, I have in the past and they are OK to deal with!

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    M. PotterNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thank you for yiour help. Much appreciated.

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  37. LarryNo Gravataron 04 Apr 2011 at 9:58 am

    Can you advise a list of what items (over your limit), that do not carry any tax. I understand things like electronic navigation systems are not subject to GST/HST

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  38. ClintNo Gravataron 10 Apr 2011 at 11:00 am

    I have paid taxes on various household items i have bought in the U.S. Can i get a U.S. tax rebate? I live in Canada.

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  39. KellyNo Gravataron 14 Apr 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m looking at buying a food dehydrator the price is $200 to 250. What is the percent of duty on goods and plus Tax percent?

    Thanks

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  40. JamieNo Gravataron 17 Apr 2011 at 8:55 am

    Some ppl where saying that childrens clothing is duty and tax free. Is this correct?

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  41. RayNo Gravataron 20 Apr 2011 at 8:17 am

    I live in Ontario and plan on picking up 4 new car tires in the USA. I’ll only be gone a few hours. What duties/taxes should I expect to pay at the border when driving back to Canada.

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  42. BobNo Gravataron 24 Apr 2011 at 7:13 am

    Ray – you can’t get a refund of US sales tax and there is no Canadian tax emeption for a stay of less than 24 hours. Some people would say the best thing to do is to take the car that needs the new tires into the US and get them fitted there. Then drive back across on your shiny new tires and say nothing.

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  43. StaceyNo Gravataron 24 Apr 2011 at 10:35 pm

    My husband and I are going to Montana to purchase a fifth wheel. I have a native status card and am wondering if the border is going to make me pay tax – even if we do the transaction on a reserve?

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  44. JenniferNo Gravataron 27 Apr 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Hi;
    What is the duty on Pirelli P4 Four Season tires? It is an Italian company and I think that model are made in China.

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  45. M. PotterNo Gravataron 04 May 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hope you can help me. If I want to cross into the States for grocery shopping and return the same day, what kind of exemption applies.

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  46. SandyNo Gravataron 06 May 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Is there any duty on a gas powered power-washer, purchased on a same day return trip into the US?

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  47. TishsNo Gravataron 20 May 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hi there I was wondering if cribs were exempt? or if there was duty and or tax. I am looking to purchase in the states and bring to canada. Thanks

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  48. AnaNo Gravataron 01 Jun 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hi, my boyfriend is on work permit in Canada and he is getting his permanent residence now. We are required to cross the border to activate his permanent residence status and we will go to Buffalo to do this. If we do shopping in Buffalo, will my boyfriend be expempted from taxes and duties on everything he brings (since he is considered a new immigrant)?

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  49. YvonneNo Gravataron 14 Jun 2011 at 8:44 am

    I am leaving Canada June 26 and returning June 29 and will be bring back a custom made stone medallion floor insert (made in Pennsylvania) worth $895. What will I have to pay at the border back into Canada?

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  50. Hatemail72No Gravataron 23 Jul 2011 at 5:45 am

    I am looking at buying a used engine from US to Canada it would have been rebuild for me what do I need to have done.

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  51. LeslieNo Gravataron 23 Jul 2011 at 10:16 am

    What is the duty on baby car seats purchased in the US but manufactured in Italy? My daughter is expecting triplets and the car seats that fit in her stroller are $100 cheaper each in the US, we’re trying to determine if it’s worth the trip/gas.

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  52. JoanneNo Gravataron 25 Jul 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Are there taxes or duty to pay if I go to Vermont to buy some groceries as part of a day trip?

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  53. ArletNo Gravataron 10 Aug 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Can someone advice me please? I am from Canada going one week to Mexico and bringing my son’s baby clothes and stuff to my sister (she live in mexico) that is going to have her first baby… does this count as ‘donation’ hence mexican officials will confiscate all used baby clothes and stuff? thanks inadvance!

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  54. jacoNo Gravataron 17 Aug 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Canada is no free country like we are fooled to believe. Two simple examples are: we are told where we must buy our price-inflated alcohol and how we must pay for our mortgage, without any income tax break on interest payments. The canadian consumer is constantly gouged on goods compared to US prices, and I wont even get into bullshit 13% HST in ontario. So if we make the effort to find a deal elsewhere, why must the government rip us off yet again. Maybe we need to follow the united states and have individuals in society who put their foot down and prevent the government form bitchslapping canadian citizens with whatever they please (ie assasinating unwelcomed/rediculous politicians/primeministers etc). Now that the canadian currency is greater than the US, why are we still overpaying on EVERYTHING in this country?! Wake up Canada.

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  55. AjiveNo Gravataron 21 Aug 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I was planning to go to us and come back within 24hrs and I like to shopping for $ 500 how much I had to pay in customs when I come back?
    Also do I need an address if I just go for shopping??

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  56. jamesNo Gravataron 24 Aug 2011 at 4:58 am

    what will be the tax i have to pay for clothes and electronics (personal use) bought in the us?

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  57. AmandaNo Gravataron 25 Aug 2011 at 2:19 pm

    “but not bought on commission or as an accommodation for any other person or for sale” is this mean if I bought something with me for resale will not be including in the exemption even I still have room for it? Do I have to pay duty and tax for those item?

    For example if I bought fibre not for sale directory, I will make clothes or other crafts then sale it, Can I count this in my tax exemption room?

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  58. Zalina LaytonNo Gravataron 31 Aug 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I understand that if I travel to the US from Canada and stay 48 hours I am allowed to bring back $400.00 worth of goods including 1 litre of alcohol and cigarettes, tobacco etc. What I would like to know is HOW OFTEN COULD I DO THIS and bring back alcohol and tobacco products…..every week, every 2 weeks, every month?

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  59. KateNo Gravataron 07 Sep 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I am going to the US for 6 days at the end of the month and am buying a set of tires worth about $950.00 can I claim 2 tires and my husband claim 2 tires and what would the duty be that we would have to pay?

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  60. JimNo Gravataron 11 Sep 2011 at 12:56 am

    I’m ordering an item off Costco.com website and having it shipped to my aunt in Washington. I am later driving up to pick it up from her. Do i have to pay duty crossing the border back into Canada? She is going to be giving it to me as my birthday present.
    Thank you

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  61. carsonNo Gravataron 15 Sep 2011 at 2:51 pm

    if i go the usa lets say for 48 hours or less and am exempt of any duties & tax (50$ allowed ) can i go back the next month and purchase again as long as i dont exeed the amount allowed per stay ?

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  62. Andy ZhouNo Gravataron 19 Sep 2011 at 10:36 am

    Very helpful information. Generally photography equipments are much more expensive in Canada than in US. I ordered some equipments from US, shipped to my friends in NY state and then pick up myself when I got a chance to visit my friend. :)

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  63. DanNo Gravataron 21 Sep 2011 at 11:03 am

    If you are over more than 24 hours and less than 48, are you aloud to bring back liquor if it is opened (example bought whiskey 750 ml and only consumed half) would that be a problem? would you have to pay duty?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    I think this falls under the officer’s personal discretion. I once made the mistake of bringing back a bottle with one day absence. The officer told me no personal exemption on alcohol, but if the bottle was less than half, he would just let me pass. I didn’t open the bottle and pour out half of it.

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  64. JoshNo Gravataron 10 Oct 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Hi,

    Just wonderin if anyone knows if you have to pay tax on used goods bought from a private individual and brought back to Canada.

    I bought a used lawn tractor for 1500.00 and was charged hst.
    If i bought this from my nerighbour i wouldnt have to pay hst.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,

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  65. JohnNo Gravataron 25 Oct 2011 at 6:10 am

    I am a Canadian contemplating on making a trade with an American coming across the boarder…a simple swap, his speaker cabinet with mine. Will he encounter any duties, fees or taxes coming into Canada?

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  66. FRanca ConfenteNo Gravataron 29 Oct 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Going to Plattsburgh for just a few hours, is there a limit on how much grocery we can bringbackinto Canada. Not bringing back Tobacco nor liquor

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  67. PhilNo Gravataron 30 Oct 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I will be traveling to Michigan to take winter tires my mom in the states is giving me as a gift. Will I have to pay taxes on them?

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  68. RicardoNo Gravataron 25 Nov 2011 at 2:48 am

    I i want to send to my parents i couple of ipad from mexico to USA ($1000) do i have to pay tax for it?

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  69. TEDNo Gravataron 06 Dec 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I bought some used telescope parts from a man in California. This was a private sale. The parts came in two lots and UPS has charged me brokerage and HST to the tune of $90 per lot. I thought there was no tax on used items. Am I wrong? Is there a remedy? What about the brokerage fees?

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  70. shaNo Gravataron 08 Jan 2012 at 7:00 am

    If I fly to the US, how much alcohol can I bring back into Canada after 10 days

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please see: http://betterdollar.com

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  71. BNo Gravataron 09 Jan 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi, I’m going to buy a tent (worth $249) in the US on a day trip from Canada. Any idea what the duty/tax would be like on that? Thanks.

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  72. DarylNo Gravataron 09 Jan 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I want to bring a used motorcycle back to Canada. If I have ownership of the bike for 6 months before I bring it back do I have to pay duty and taxes on it?

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  73. Mackenzie CarterNo Gravataron 10 Jan 2012 at 2:25 am

    I’m a Canadian citizen, but resident of U.S.A.
    I’m coming back to Canada to visit my family for a week, and am wanting to bring back with me 2 bottles of liquor, 750ml each. How do I do this? And what will I pay?

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  74. shaNo Gravataron 10 Jan 2012 at 11:50 am

    I am flying back to Canada from the US after 10 days and I’m buying alcohol. Do I have to buy it at the Duty Free store or can I buy it from any local store ? And how much can I bring in for alcohol can I bring back by plane?

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  75. robNo Gravataron 10 Jan 2012 at 12:43 pm

    i am going to work and live in the U.S for 6 months can i bring back all my household stuff dutyfree

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  76. davidNo Gravataron 11 Jan 2012 at 12:57 pm

    i would like to buy building products, such as drywall, flooring,do i have to pay duty

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  77. Jenny RNo Gravataron 18 Jan 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I am in the states for a month. I want to bring back a case of wine. I live in Alberta Canada. How much duty would I have to pay to bring back a case of wine? What are the duty rates for overage on alcohol?

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  78. BobNo Gravataron 19 Jan 2012 at 12:40 pm

    i’d like to have 2 boxes (20/box) of cigars from the US shipped to my Ontario address. what will the charges be when they cross the border

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  79. MarkoNo Gravataron 26 Jan 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hi there,

    what if an online order is placed that costs $500. how much with the charges be on such?

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  80. AmaliaNo Gravataron 27 Jan 2012 at 10:40 am

    I need to send some use clothes that my friend left in my house from USA to Canada, but I need to know if there is any duty fee in Canada to be pay

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  81. SheilaNo Gravataron 31 Jan 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Hi…what are the taxes charged when bringing items accross with the purpose or resale? These items will be within my allowable limit..but they are for the purpose of resale.

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  82. SharonNo Gravataron 02 Feb 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Does international students needs to pay duties and taxes while returning to Canada?
    i.e. leaving Canada for the weekend and shop in the States?
    Thanks,

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  83. AnnaNo Gravataron 13 Feb 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I am preparing to sell my condo in which I have stayed for 5 months or less each year for the past several years and I would like to take some household effects back to Canada with me. Is there duty involved? These are things purchased over the years.

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  84. kyleNo Gravataron 19 Feb 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I’m going to bring in an exercise equipment from the states. It was bought used from craiglist. The value for the item on the market is more than i paid for. Maybe by 500 dollars. If i have the paypal receipt, to prove purchase, will i be taxed on the value or purchase price? Also this is not a regular treadmill or bike, and a unique equipment. It will be boxed when i pick it up at the border. Is it better to load it in my car, without the box?? Lastly could an item like mine be subject to further analysis and be sent to a warehouse? How much is the fee, how long does the inspection take??

    Lots of questions, hope you can answer a few. Thx

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  85. camilleNo Gravataron 25 Feb 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I’m going to be traveling to california for 10 days. Will my three children have the same excemption as me of $750? Or does the excemption only apply to the main person purchasing the items ?

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    CarolNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi Camille, when we travelled last year to the southern states it was each person in the car that had the limit of $750 and 1 was a child (under 18)…hope that helps:)

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  86. ethanNo Gravataron 04 Mar 2012 at 7:31 pm

    If am legal to drink in canada but not legal in the U.S. can I bring alcohol into canada. I am driving and risking the minor consumption in the U.S.( can i still bring alcohol into canada and not face any charges at the canadien border. by the canadien custumes.)

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  87. DanNo Gravataron 08 Mar 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Im going to the states for 3 days so I am allowed 400 dollars. My buddy wants me to bring back a hockey stick for him that’s 140 bucks and he says it doesn’t go against my 400 exemption because it’s made in Mexico, is this true

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  88. Robert RunquistNo Gravataron 11 Mar 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Returning home to Canada after two months in USA. Can I bring alcohol in my vehicle that was previously opened

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  89. CarolNo Gravataron 23 Mar 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hi there, I am planning on driving through the states to get to New Brunswick from Toronto with a stay over in Maine so I will be in the United States for just over 24 hours what am I allowed to bring over the border? How much in $ and alcohol would I be permitted before having to pay duty or taxes?

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  90. AnneNo Gravataron 02 Apr 2012 at 9:18 am

    If I am of legal drinking age in Canada but not in the USA, and someone of legal age purchases the bottle, can I bring it back on the plane for my parents.

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  91. LenNo Gravataron 02 Apr 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’m looking to buy a set of suspension in the states and bring it back within 24hr. It worth 500$ and made in US. Do i only have to pay for GST and HST?

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  92. MikaelNo Gravataron 13 Apr 2012 at 10:11 am

    Hi folks,
    I live in Canada and I want to buy an home theatre system (approx. 500$) on amazon.com.
    I am planning to do a round trip by car the same day in the US.

    However I also plan to buy the product and ship it to a US address 10 days before “picking up” the product, so the purchase date and receipt will indicate 10 days prior to my visit in the US.
    In this situation, do I still need to pay taxes, or am I exempted?

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  93. EnisNo Gravataron 16 Apr 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Hi,

    I travel to Buffalo on a regular basis. is there a list of items which are tax exempt and, if so, where can i download it. I also purchase groceries at Sam’s Club and my understanding is there is no tax on food. Is this correct?

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  94. ChrisNo Gravataron 05 Jul 2012 at 12:32 pm

    What is the duty rate on bottles of liquor that are brought back into canada above the maximum allowed amount? And is there an absolute amount that you are allowed to bring back?

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    LarryNo Gravatar Reply:

    About $1 an ounce…..

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  95. HenryNo Gravataron 28 Sep 2012 at 11:49 am

    I am having a used camera lens being shipped from the US to Canada that I bought from another person. I heard photographic equiqment was exempt? Is this true?
    Thanks!

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