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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.

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

Exchange Rate

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

Cross Border Shopping Cost Calculator 

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

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


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  1. Sheri HancockNo Gravataron 17 May 2010 at 4:22 pm

    What are the tariff code and fees for CDs and DVDs?


  2. nancyNo Gravataron 23 Dec 2010 at 4:18 pm

    what would the duty or tax be on a snowblower bought in the us and have been over for more than 48 hours and made in usa


  3. dwight fenlonNo Gravataron 24 Feb 2011 at 8:01 pm

    i want to buy a catv signal meter on ebay. the price is $399.
    how much is the duty and tax.


  4. slavaNo Gravataron 19 Nov 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I am buying a used car in US $4,500.00 how much will it cost me in the end bottom line?


  5. John CNo Gravataron 07 Jan 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I want to buy a pool heat pump in washington and bring it into British Columbia. What is the duty and tax I will have to pay at the border, the cost is $2895.00 ?


  6. RogerNo Gravataron 20 Jan 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I want to buy 70″ LED TV from Costco in Bellingham. What is the duty and tax I will have to pay at the border, cost is US$2,700.


    JenniferNo Gravatar Reply:

    I would like to buy a kayak in New York state for $1,950. What will I have to pay in duty and tax when I return to Canada after 24 hour stay versus a 7 day stay? Thank you.


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