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Duty free allowances a plus for Canadian visitors

June 26, 2012

New duty-free limits for cross-border shoppers kicked in earlier this month. Hopefully that translates into Canadians making more trips south into New Hampshire for all those cheaper consumer goods.

Under changes introduced in the 2012 U.S. federal budget, the duty-free limit on visits of more than 24 hours quadrupled, rising from $50 to $200, effective June 1.

Any visit longer than 48 hours allows Canadians to return with duty-free goods worth up to $800. That’s an increase from the previous rules of $400 for up to a week, and $750 for longer than a week.

For stays of less than 24 hours, there’s no change: the allowance for duty-free goods remains at zero.

Combine the new duty free allowances with falling gas prices, and that makes for an attractive opportunity for our northern neighbors.  Let’s hope that the Waterville Valley region sees lots of our northern neighbors spending their vacations here.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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