03/29/2012 04:06 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Border Shopping: Budget Includes Duty-Free Hike For 24 Hour Travellers


OTTAWA - Cross-border shoppers will be able to bring back more duty-free goods under new budget measures announced Thursday.

As of June 1, travellers coming back after 24 hours away will be able to bring in $200 worth of goods free of duty or taxes, an increase from just $50.

People gone more than 48 hours will be allowed $800 in duty-free goods, double the present $400 allowance.

There is no longer any specified seven-day limit on duty-free purchases.

The changes are designed to harmonize levels with those of the United States, and will streamline the border-crossing process.

The budget estimated that the higher limits will cost the government $13 million in this fiscal year and $17 million in the full 2013-14 fiscal year.

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