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Border Crossing: Driving Your U.S. Purchases Back to Canada

Every day around a hundred thousand Canadians drive into the U.S., and over two thirds of them return on the same day they left. Few experience any problems at the border, and average delays are only around 15 minutes. Still, it never hurts to be prepared, and there are a few things it can pay to be aware of before you arrive at the border crossing on your way home. Shopping One good reason to head south is to take advantage of generally cheape...

Ontario Exports Yet to Respond to Lower Canadian Dollar, Improved U.S. economy

The Canadian dollar has been hovering in the low 90-cent range versus its American counterpart since the beginning of the year, and the U.S. economy is coming off three years of slow-but-steady growth. These facts might be expected to boost Canadian manufacturing exports, around half of which come from Ontario, but they haven't done so yet. After growing by a paltry one percent last year, exports actually dropped by 1.4 percent in March, the late...

Exclaves Request Exemption From in-transit Requirements

Located on opposite sides of the continent, Point Roberts, in Washington state, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, are each home to around a thousand people. But they have something in common aside from their small populations: neither is connected by land to the rest of its country. Campobello residents can take a bridge to Maine, and Point Roberts has a land border with British Columbia. Unsurprisingly, members of these communities find cus...

Change Government Policies to Reduce Prices, Suggests U of T economist

Prices in Canada have outpaced those in the U.S. over the past decade across almost all categories of retail and wholesale goods, according to a comparative study of 600 products by Prof. Nicholas Li of the University of Toronto's Department of Economics. Writing for the C.D. Howe Institute in its Commentary No. 409, entitled “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential”, Li shows that the price gap largely tracks the exchan...

CBP advice on boat travel around the Michigan-Canada border

The summer boating season is getting underway, and the Detroit office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued reporting guidelines for boat owners planning to sail the waters between the US and Canada. The CBP aims to maintain American border security with minimal interference to cross-border traffic, and the Detroit office notes that Michigan's lengthy water border with Canada and large number of pleasure boat registrations make ...