What Are the Canadian Duty-Free Limits?


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Canadians returning to Canada are not required to pay duty or taxes on goods made in Canada, the United States or Mexico and may qualify for a personal exemption to bring additional goods in duty-free, advises the Canadian Border Services Agency. As of 2015, individuals returning to Canada after being out of the country for 24 hours or more may bring up to CAN$200 worth of goods, not including alcohol or tobacco, back to Canada, duty-free.

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Individuals who stay abroad 48 hours or more may bring up to CAN$800 worth of goods, including some alcohol and tobacco, back into Canada duty-free, states the Canadian Border Services Agency. The duty-free limit for alcohol is 1.5 liters of wine, 8.5 liters of beer or 1.14 liters of another alcoholic beverage. The duty-free tobacco limits are 200 cigarettes, 200 tobacco sticks, 200 grams of manufactured tobacco and 50 cigars.

Personal exemptions are not offered if the individual was out of Canada for less than 24 hours, advises the Canadian Border Services Agency. Individuals importing more than the amount allowed by the personal exemption must pay a duty. The rate of the duty varies by trade agreement and is set by the Department of Finance Canada. Goods may also be subject to taxes, including federal goods and services tax, and provincial sales tax or the harmonized sales tax.

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