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Canada & USA: Progress on the Entry/Exit Initiative

In a joint report filed by both Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security on phase I of the Entry/Exit initiative, indications show progress on a shared information system improving border security for both parties. The report continued to state that both Canada and the USA are satisfied with the progress and will even move above and beyond prior commitments.   Phase I has consisted of the followin...

CBSA: Fraud Alert

Alert: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Potential Phone-Scam Fraud   The Canada Border Services Agency has recently learned that potential scam artists are contacting Canadian citizens claiming to be members of the CBSA Border Information Services. These individuals are requesting confidential personal information, as well as payments over the phone. The Canada Border Services Agency BIS is a call center for free information servi...

What to Expect: Secondary Inspections and Services

Secondary Inspections  The CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) is the first line of defense for anything and anyone entering the country. CBSA officers work tirelessly around the clock to ensure Canada's safety & security by managing and monitoring access to persons and goods. Whether arriving by land, sea or air, at any point during your interaction with a CBSA officer, you may be referred for secondary inspection. Not to worry though. B...

Personal Exemptions: What to expect Cross-Border Shopping

Everyone and their uncle have a different number when it comes to the value of goods you can bring back with you from the USA duty and tax free. Whether it's for a day, a weekend, or a month - We're setting the record straight on personal exemptions.   As a Canadian Citizen or Resident of Canada returning from abroad, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemptions.  If you have been outside ...

Alcohol and Tobacco Limits: What to expect when Traveling Abroad

What are the alcohol and tobacco limits when travelling abroad?   When returning to Canada at any border point, restrictions apply to the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring back with you under your personal exemption. If you are a Canadian Citizen of legal age and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts:    Alcohol: 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 ...