We've got a long weekend coming up; you might want get the kids in the minivan, hop across the border and hit the outlet stores in the United States. And some good news: There's a chance that you won't have to pay any duties or taxes regardless of how much you buy.
A little known Revenue Canada policy giving border guards the authority to let travellers through without charging them duty— during peak cross-border shopping periods — has recently come to light.
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According to Postmedia News, the policy has been in place since 1999.
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Fees on larger purchases can be waived if it’s believed that pulling the traveller over to collect would cause “unacceptable” border delays or if “interdiction activities are in progress.”
While the department argues the law does not allow for any discretion and that duty and taxes must be “collected at all times,” the CBSA counters that a “zero-tolerance approach” would drive up border wait times