Heading across for Black Friday shopping? CBSA wants you to read this first
This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States which is followed by one fo the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has some tips for Canadians heading across the border on a hunt for deals, including being aware of border wait times and exemption limits, and having your travel documents ready,
Details are outlined in the CBSA news release below:
The Black Friday and U.S. Thanksgiving weekend is a busy time at the border. The Canada Border Services (CBSA) has a few tips you should know before you go.
Across the country, CBSA front line employees are keeping harmful goods out of Canada, while ensuring travel and trade can continue efficiently and safely. In 2022, we facilitated the arrival of over 60 million travellers while keeping more than 1,100 firearms and 24,400 prohibited weapons off our streets and seized over 41,000 kg of illegal drugs.
The CBSA invests significant effort planning and preparing for peak periods. We monitor traveller volumes and work hard to minimize border wait times at ports of entry, including international airports, without compromising safety and security. Help us by coming prepared!
For a smoother trip, you should:
· Plan ahead and check ourweb page. Travellers crossing the border by land are encouraged to cross during non-peak hours such as early morning. The Monday of holiday long weekends tends to be the busiest – pick another day to cross the border if you can. Also, it’s always best to check the official CBSA for a port of entry’s hours of operation.
· Know your exemption limits. Returning residents who make purchases or pick up online purchases outside of Canada should be aware of their. Use the to help calculate your monies owed.
· Have yourhandy. Whether travelling by land, air or water, you can help speed things up by coming prepared with your travel documents.
· Be prepared to declare. All travellers must declare their goods upon entry into Canada. For returning residents, have your receipts readily available for goods purchased or received while outside of Canada. You are encouraged not to travel with firearms, but if you choose to do so, be sure to check the CBSA website for theand other
· Save time with. If you are flying in to the Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Billy Bishop, Calgary and Edmonton international airports, you can make your customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance of your arrival. Using Advance Declaration gives you access to express lanes to get to an airport kiosk or eGate faster.
·. Consult the on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website before bringing any food, plant, and animal products into Canada.
· Bringing turkey across the border? Poultry products must be retail packaged, for human consumption, and labelled as a “Product of the USA”. Homemade food or leftovers containing poultry cannot be brought into Canada. Check the latestbefore bringing these products across the border.
· Whenit is recommended that the accompanying adult have a consent letter authorizing them to travel with the child if they share custody or are not the parent or legal guardian. Border services officers are always watching for , and in the absence of the letter, officers may ask additional questions.
· Cannabis: Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out. Bringing cannabis across the border in any form, including oils containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), without ais a serious criminal offence subject to arrest and prosecution, despite the legalization of cannabis in Canada. A medical prescription from a doctor does not count as Health Canada authorization.
· Boaters planning to travel in or near Canadian waters, or enter Canada by boat should reviewbefore making travel plans. All travellers entering Canada by boat must report to the CBSA without delay.
· If, you will need the right paperwork at the border to meet Canada’s import requirements.
Not sure? Ask a border services officer. The best thing you can do to save time is to be open and honest with the CBSA officer. If you are not sure about what to declare, don’t hesitate to ask. Our officers are here to help!