Cross-Border Buyers Warned About Declaring Back-to-School Items

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The Canada Border Services Agency reminds back-to-school shoppers to declare all of their purchases when crossing the border.

Prior to the COVID border closures, some Windsor residents may cross into the Detroit area for back-to-school deals. Now that crossing the border is easier again, CBSA officials want buyers to know that the reporting rules still apply.

The CBSA website has a guide for residents returning to Canada. Here are some highlights:

What are your personal exemptions?

The length of your absence from Canada determines your eligibility for an exemption and the quantity of goods you can bring back, without paying duties or taxes. (The exception is a special excise duty that may apply to certain tobacco products. See the Tobacco Products section.)

Absence of less than 24 hours

Personal exemptions do not apply to same-day cross-border buyers.

Absence of more than 24 hours

You can claim goods worth up to C$200.

Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are not included in this exemption.

If the value of the goods you are bringing back exceeds CAN$200, you cannot claim this exemption. Instead, duties and taxes are applicable on the total amount of imported goods.

The goods must be in your possession and declared at the time of entry into Canada.

A minimum absence of 24 hours from Canada is required. For example, if you left at 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 15th, you can return no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on Saturday the 16th to claim the exemption.

Absence of more than 48 hours

You can claim goods worth up to C$800.

You can include alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, within the prescribed limits. See the Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages sections.

The goods must be in your possession and declared at the time of entry into Canada.

If the value of the goods you bring back exceeds CAN$800, duties and taxes only apply on the amount of imported goods that exceeds CAN$800.

A minimum absence of 48 hours from Canada is required. For example, if you left at 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 15th, you can return no earlier than 7:00 p.m. on Sunday the 17th to claim the exemption.

Absence of more than 7 days

You can claim goods worth up to C$800.

You must have tobacco products and alcoholic beverages in your possession when you enter Canada, but other goods may follow you by other means (such as courier or post). However, all goods you bring back must be declared to the CBSA upon arrival. See the Unaccompanied Goods section.

A minimum absence of seven days is required. When calculating the number of days absent, exclude the day you left Canada, but include the day you return. For example, we consider you to have been absent for seven days if you left Canada on Friday the 7th and returned no earlier than Friday the 14th to claim the exemption.

The full guide is available online.

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