You went. You saw. You purchased. Whether it will cost you a million dollars when it comes time to cross the border remains to be seen. You can wait until you board that last flight home and peek at the customs form, or you can bookmark this page and be able to check before you buy that mega-gallon jug of wine abroad. You’re welcome. ;) Residents of Canada returning to Canada can bring ONE of the following personal exemptions based on his/her time absent from Canada (includes all goods and/or gifts purchased or received abroad: You’ve been gone: 24 hours – CANADIAN $200 – you can’t claim the $200 exemption if your goods purchased exceed $200 – No Alcohol or Tobacco can be claimed 48 hours – CANADIAN $800 -Amount includes alcohol and tobacco (limits below) 7 days – CANADIAN $800 – Amount includes alcohol and tobacco and any unaccompanied goods. Alcohol Exemption Limits 1.5L of wine OR 1.14 L of liquor OR 24×355 ml cans or bottles (8.5L) of beer or ale You have to be of legal age in the province you’re importing it to Tobacco Exemption limits 200 cigarettes, 200 tobacco sticks, 50 cigars or cigarillos AND 200 grams of manufactured tobacco (Note: Special duty may apply.) Remember: Failure to properly declare goods, currency and/or monetary instruments brought into Canada may result in seizure action, monetary penalties and/or criminal prosecution. Happy Travels! NOTE: This information was up to date on the day it was posted. Any changes to the rules since may not be accounted for. Be sure to check the customs site here:http://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs/bringing-to-canada
FAQ: How much can I bring home? Customs Limits for Canadian Residents
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Heather is the founder of Globetrottingmama.com. She is the first and only Black woman to have a travel column in both Canadian national newspapers. A Contributing Writer and on-air storyteller for National Geographic and a freelance feature writer for a host of national and international publications including EnRoute, Outside, Afar and Travel + Leisure, Heather's work can be found in print, online, on television and over the radio airwaves. Learn more at www.heathergreenwooddavis. com
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