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Travelling Abroad: Duty on Alcohol and Tobacco into Canada

How much alcohol can I bring back to Canada? If you are a Canadian citizen and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts when bringing alcohol into Canada: 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 L of wine (53 oz.); or 24 X 355 ml (12 oz.) containers of beer. How much tobacco can I bring back to Canada? If you are a Canadian citizen and have been outside of the country fo...

A Beginner’s Guide To AMPS Penalties

Importing and exporting goods is rarely as simple as putting a stamp and a destination on your package. There are rules and regulations that all Canadians must adhere to when shipping items over the border, and the AMPS penalties are what the CBSA uses to penalize those who don’t. The practice of following these rules is usually referred to as customs compliance. If you’re a regular importer or exporter, customs compliance practices are vital...

Canada Customs Duty Refund: How to Claim Duty Back on Returns

Many people have never heard of the Canada Customs duty refund program, or Casual Refund Program, but it could really pay off to know how to claim duty back. Many Canadians go over the US border for an occasional day of shopping. Even more commonly, they shop online and order products from outside of Canada. If you do too, you might be missing out on some cash from the Canada Customs duty refund program. By the end of 2019, Canadians are expec...

Resident and Non-Resident Importers: Making Sense of Canadian Duty and Tax

The Canadian market is a prosperous place for importers, be it resident or non-resident importers (NRI). There’s room for large profit and lucrative business opportunities, but depending on your residential stature within Canada, you will be subject to a varying degree of duties and taxes. The province your business operates in will also impact how you are taxed, as well as the amount of money you make within one fiscal year. Resident Imp...

More Duty Free Importing on it’s way for Canadian online shoppers

If you’re Canadian that frequently shops online, chances are that you’ve been slapped with a (sometimes unexpected) customs duty and tax bill on your purchase. Well, we have good news for you! Chances are likely that your future orders may not be subject to the same fees. The ongoing renegotiations for NAFTA will likely bolster some benefits for Canadians. One of these benefits may be the raising of the de minimis threshold. The de min...