pentiumvi wrote: ↑Apr 7th, 2012 4:00 pmUnsure if this the right place to ask, but I understand that if I leave Canada for more than 48 hours I'm entitled to a limited amount of duty free tobacco and alcohol.
Now what if I didn't go to the states for more than 48 hours and I want to purchase duty free products anyways? Am I allowed if I'm willing to pay duty+tax?
Anyone know what the duty + tax rate on a carton of cigarettes/bottle of alcohol is?
As CWB27 also noted, you can buy whatever you want...you just have to pay duty on it (where applicable) when you come back into Canada. As for what is the rate...The duty is different on different items. I think in general items (non alcohol and tobacco) the rate is not anything major. Just don't bring in an excessive amount that makes it look like you are importing goods for sale. As long as you have low quantities, you will not be overly charged.
Alcohol and Tobacco are a different matter. Those items have very high duty slapped on them if you go over. The savings that you gained buying duty-free will not only disappear, but you will have to pay more on top of that - from everything I have read...a LOT more. It is definitely not a good idea to bring back more than your allowance of alcohol and tobacco.