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Canada Duty Free

Duty free shops offer deals on items that usually carry heavy duties and taxes. For example, visitors may save up to 50% on liquor and tobacco. Other popular items include perfume, watches, jewelry, accessories, candy, travel-related items and gifts.

Many duty free shops also have food courts, travel centers, GST Rebate services, business services, including faxes, telephones, photocopiers and telecommunication ports for laptop computers.

Duties & Taxes Charged for Exceeding Personal Allowances:
If you exceed your duty free allowances and exemptions entering the U.S. the following approximate US duty and tax rates may apply.
  • US $2 - $3 per bottle of liquor
  • US $1.30 per case of beer
  • US $3.90 per carton of cigarettes
  • US duty rates on purchases exceeding 1 liter of alcohol are assessed according to alcohol content.

Best Buys at Duty Free Shops in Canada:

Liquor, including spirits, wine and beer, in Canada is significantly more expensive than in the United States, so Americans going to Canada for a visit may want to stop at duty free for liquor that they will consume while in Canada.

For example, 40 oz of spirit is as low as US$17. The same bottle would be more than double that price if bought in Canada.

Personal Allowances for Americans Returning to the US after Less than 48 Hrs:
After a stay of less than 48 hours in Canada, a U.S. citizen or resident may return to the U.S. with:
  • US$200 worth of goods per person, tax and duty free
  • 150 ml (5 oz) alcohol and 10 cigars (non Cuban)
  • Any purchases in excess of the US$200 allowance may be subject to duties and taxes.
  • US citizens may buy these amounts daily.

Personal Allowances for Americans Returning to the US after More than 48 Hrs:
After a stay of 48 hours or more in Canada, a U.S. citizen or resident may return to the U.S. with:
  • US$800 worth of goods per person, tax and duty free
  • Purchases may include 1 liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes (1 carton), and 100 cigars.
  • Family members may combine their tax and duty allowances.
  • Any purchases in excess of the US$800 allowance may be subject to duties and taxes.
  • US citizens may buy these amounts once a month.
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