What Are the Allowances for Duty Free Purchases From Canada?


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The allowances for duty free purchases from Canada can vary significantly. The chief factors contributing to these variations are the nationality of the person carrying the purchases and the country to which that person is travelling.

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As of November 2015, for example, an American resident returning to the United States carrying goods purchased in Canada for personal use is allowed 150 milliliters of alcoholic beverages and $200 worth of gifts. A Canadian resident travelling to the United States, however, is allowed 200 cigarettes, 50 (non-Cuban) cigars, 2 grams of fine cut tobacco, 1 liter of wine, liquor, beer, or ale, and $200 CAD in gifts. It is important to check the customs allowances of the destination country and not simply rely on guidelines pertaining to travels from Canada.

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