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Duty Free

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Looking to Shop Duty Free?

Duty Free shopping is a great way for travelers to purchase gifts and last minute travel needs prior to leaving the country.

Before leaving Canada travelers have the opportunity to shop at the Peace Bridge Duty Free and before leaving the United States travelers can shop at the Duty Free Americas. Both stores offer travelers currency exchange services and premium merchandise including liquor, beer, and tobacco at great prices.

What are the benefits of Duty Free shopping?

When you shop at either of the Duty Free stores you shop “tax and Duty Free” – meaning you do not have to pay any sales tax (or VAT), and as long as you are within your personal exemption allowance you won’t pay duty. If you exceed your personal exemption allowance, you may be assessed duty by Customs prior to entering the country.

What are the requirements to be eligible to shop at a Duty Free store?

1.) You must be leaving the country you are shopping in and,

2.) You must take the items you purchase with you into the country you are traveling to.  Please note - you cannot re-enter the country you are shopping in with items you purchase at that Duty Free store unless you have met the length of stay requirements outside of the country mandated by Customs.

Fort Erie, Ontario
Peace Bridge Duty Free

Buffalo, New York
Duty Free Americas

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Canadian Residents: 

Traveling to the United States

Length of Stay in United States

Amount Allowed in
USD$

Alcohol Allowances

Tobacco Allowances

Frequency of Allowances

Any Trip 

Unlimited amount of personal effects

(Must be owned by non-resident, must be in their possession, cannot be a gift, or intended for sale)

1 liter of alcohol

(For personal consumption)

200 cigarettes, or 50 non-cuban cigars, or 2 kilos of tobacco, or proportionate amount of each

(For personal use)

Daily

As Gifts on Any Trip (+72 hours)

$100 worth of gifts

No alcohol for gifts

100 non-cuban cigars as a gift, no other tobacco

Once every
6 months

Returning to Canada

Length of Stay in United States

Amount Allowed in CAD$

Alcohol Allowances

Tobacco Allowances

Frequency of Allowances

After 24 hours

$200

Any purchase of alcohol may be subject to duties and taxes

Any purchase of tobacco may be subject to duties and taxes

Daily

After 48 hours

$800

1.5 liters of wine or 1.14 liters of liquor, or a total of 1.14 liters of wine and liquor, or 1 case of beer

200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco

No limit on the amount of times you can use this exemption per year

 

U.S. Residents: 

Traveling to Canada

Absence from United States

Amount Allowed in CAD$

Alcohol Allowances

Tobacco Allowances

Frequency of Allowances

No Minimum Stay

Unlimited amount of personal effects

(Must be owned by the non-resident, must be in their possession, cannot be a gift, or intended for sale)

1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of liquor, or a total of 1.14 litres of wine and liquor, or 1 case of beer

(Must be for personal consumption)

200 cigarettes,

50 cigars, 200 grams of tobacco, and 200 tobacco sticks

(Must be for personal use)

Daily

As Gifts on Any Trip

$60 worth of gifts

No alcohol for gifts

No tobacco for gifts

Daily

Returning to the United States 

Absence from United States

Amount Allowed in US$

Alcohol Allowances

Tobacco Allowances

Frequency of Allowances

Under 48 hours

$200 (worth of dutiable goods)

150 ml (4 oz) of alcoholic beverages or alcoholic perfume

50 cigarettes and 10 non-Cuban cigars

Daily

After 48 hours

$800 (worth of dutiable goods)

1 liter of liquor

200 cigarettes and 100 non-Cuban cigars

Once every 30 days

 


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