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Personal Traveller Exemptions

Returning Canadian Residents

Any person residing in Canada returning from a trip abroad can qualify for a personal exemption. Your duty-free and tax free personal exemptions are;

* after a minimum absence of 24 hours - C$50
(Tariff item 9804.40.00).
* after a minimum absence of 48 hours - C$400
(Tariff item 9804.10.00).
* after a minimum absence of 7 days - C$750
(Tariff item 9804.20.00).

You can include alcohol and tobacco products in your 48 hour or 7 day exemption but not your 24 hour exemption. You must meet the age requirements of the province or territory where you enter to take import alcohol or tobacco.

Tobacco Products:
You can include in your exemption up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 tobacco sticks and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco. However, a minimum duty applies to cigarettes, tobacco sticks and manufactured tobacco unless marked: Canada-Duty Paid.

Alcohol:
You can include up to 1.5 litres of wine, 1.14 liters of liquor or other alcoholic beverages, or 24 X 355ml (12oz) of beer. For further information contact your closest Canada Customs office, telephone the CBSA information line at 1-800-461-9999 or visit their website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Returning U.S. Residents

To obtain current information please contact your closest Customs and Border Protection office or visit www.cbp.gov

 

 



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