Which Items Are Subject to Canadian Customs Duty Costs?


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The Canadian Border Services Agency provides estimates and tariff classifications for items and groups of items through their online Duty and Taxes Estimator. Through the "Anytime Personal Exemption," up to $200 U.S. dollars worth of eligible goods are brought back to the United States duty-free, while items manufactured, grown or produced in Canada are usually eligible for reduced or eliminated duty costs due to the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico as of 2015.

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Depending on whether goods are being imported or exported from Canada, different duties laws apply. Canadian law allows for flexible personal exemptions for imported goods from $200 Canadian dollars (CAD) to $800 CAD depending on the length of the trip. Goods declared under a personal exemption must be for the use of the individual claiming them, and although goods under the personal exemption of a child are declared by a parent or guardian, said goods must be for the child's personal use.

U.S. law allows up to one liter of alcoholic beverages to be brought back from abroad for personal use under an individual's personal duty-free exemption, if the individual is 21 years of age or older. State laws still apply, even if state requirements are more stringent than federal requirements regarding the import of goods from foreign countries, including Canada.

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