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Posted By Bob On November 7, 2007 @ 5:59 pm In | 7 Comments

Border Wait Times

Everybody hates waiting at the border crossing in a long line. Luckily Canadian Border Services Agency offers an up to the minute estimate of the wait time at all border crossings (Canadian side). Check it out before leaving home [1].

US Customs & Border Protection has a counterpart wait time estimate at the US side. Check it out when returning [2].

Exchange Rate

It’s always useful to know the recent exchange rate. Find out 3 month CA$ to US$ exchange rate chart here [3].

Cross Border Shopping Cost Calculator 

Cross border shopping has additional costs, specifically gas and hotel (if you want to qualify for the personal exemptions [4]). To help you factor in the total cost, Global and Mail provides a cross border shopping calculator [5].  However, the enjoyment of finding a bargain cannot be measured in dollar value.

For mail orders, this calculator [6]gives you a clue of the total cost.

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[1] Check it out before leaving home: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times/menu-e.html

[2] Check it out when returning: http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/index.asp

[3] Find out 3 month CA$ to US$ exchange rate chart here: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=CADUSD=X&t=3m

[4] personal exemptions: http://betterdollar.com/duty-tax/tax-exemptions/

[5] cross border shopping calculator: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/v5/content/features/ROB/BorderShoppingCalc/popup.html

[6] calculator : http://www.thefinalcost.com/

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