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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileConsidering a cross border shopping trip but unsure of what you’ll save once you figure in duty, taxes, and credit card fees? Here are some answers to common questions from personal exemptions to bringing back artwork to calculating duty charges.When is the best time to plan my trip?It’s difficult to predict when there will be a backlog of cars waiting to cross the border. If you live close to the border, you can gauge traffic flow by checking the Canada Border Services Agency’s website which updates wait times at least once an hour. Other border offices also have webcams showing traffic waits. as fast as possible. to avoid lineups. Traffic at some border checkpoints can be quite heavy on long weekends.In addition, security measures have been tightened at border crossings. If you are crossing into the United States by land or water, you are required to carry one of the following: a passport, a NEXUS card, a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card or an enhanced driver’s licence/enhanced identification card or a Secure Certificate of Indian Status. dollar bank account.How much can I bring back with me?The longer your trip, the more you can bring back. You can bring back 1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of liquor or 1.14 litres of wine and liquor, or 24 cans or bottles of beer. You may also bring back 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos, 200 grams of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks.You can include tobacco and alcoholic beverages for a partial exemption and you can ship some of your items home before you cross the border. Be aware though the day you left for your trip is not counted as part of the week’s seven day calculation.If you are away for more than 48 hours, your exemption drops to $400 CDN, 1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of liquor or 1.14 litres of wine and liquor, or 24 cans or bottles of beer. You may also bring back 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos, 200 grams of manufactured tobacco and 200 tobacco sticks.If you are going for more than 24 hours but less than 48 hours, you can bring back $50 CDN worth of goods without paying taxes or duties. You must have the goods with you when you cross the border and you can’t include tobacco or alcohol in the exemption.If you go for less than 24 hours, you do not qualify for any exemption and must pay taxes and duties on all of your purchases unless they’re exempt from duty under the North American Free Trade Agreement.What is the NAFTA exemption?If you stay longer, the goods qualify under your personal exemption. You would not have to pay duty, but you would have to pay tax on the amount that your purchase exceeds your exemption.