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Thursday November 28th, 2013

Posted at 7:31pm

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Friday is Black Friday and the Canada Border Services Agency is hoping to simplify any bargain hunters return to Canada.

Border officials say that this weekend, higher travel volumes are expected and additional staff will be available, however they advise travellers that higher travel volumes may affect border wait times at some ports of entry.  They say that peak periods for returning to Canada on the Black Friday weekend are traditionally between 12pm and 9pn.

Hourly traffic updates will be provided on Twitter at:

  • Ambassador Bridge – @CBSA_ABB
  • Windsor/Detroit Tunnel – @CBSA_DCT

They also offer these tips:

  •  Be prepared to declare all of your purchases. Failure to report all goods may lead to penalty action up to and including seizure of the goods. Smuggling, undervaluation and other Customs Act contraventions may also lead to prosecution in a court of law.
  • Keep your receipts readily available, totalled and categorized by the items purchased  (i.e. groceries, electronics, children’s clothing, adult clothing, toys, etc.) when presenting them to the officer inside the office. Keep in mind that paying the cashier in cash is quicker to process than debit and credit card transactions.
  • If you are travelling with a larger group of shoppersor on a shopping bus, be patient as border services officers must process each shopper individually.
  • Make sure you are not returning with food, plant or animal products that are restricted in Canada.
  •  Shoppers are reminded that you can only bring one turkey from the United States, duty free and without additional import requirements. Additional turkeys are subject to very high duties that will more than double the cost of the turkey.

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