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Old 03-21-2013, 11:24 AM   #16
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Perhaps with expediting the crossing but not any different with having to pay or not pay
The first trip over after we got our Nexus cards was the only time in the 8 years of going over that they actually pulled us in coming back into Canada (over the Rainbow Bridge)

I think the Customs Officer was too lazy to total all of our seperate reciepts. We shopped at 8 places...So she sent us in.
When we went in with the reciepts for our groceries. ($280..only groceries, no tobacco or alcohol. ) The customs Officer inside asked " why in the world would she make you come in for this...its all groceries....have a good day".
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:05 PM   #17
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We cross the border regularly (1-2x a month) for groceries and outlet mall shopping and have never once had to pay duty. I would say we average about $200 total each time. We only bring back alcohol if we have been gone longer than 48 hours.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #18
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What has been YOUR experience at the border after just crossing for the day?
Always declared what I bought... never been searched or taxed. I never bring back >$100.00 if it's less than 24 hours.

However, it's really up-to the agent to decide if they want to send you to secondary inspection, and thankfully I have never had to do that (knock on wood).
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:46 AM   #19
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I always try to be as accurate as possible. The consequences can be nasty otherwise. With the 48 hour increase it is quite good now. I rarely have to pay very much.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:12 AM   #20
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I live in Sarnia, right on the Bluewater Bridge, so we cross the border regularly: for gas, dinner, shopping etc. I've found that if you have receipts ready to hand them they are more accepting. Also, my mother and I find that if we collectively spend $400, if we say something along the lines of "she has 200 and I have 200" it doesn't sound as much and they often just wave us over. Although, I do find it hit and miss. One time we only spent $30 and were pulled over to secondary. It just depends the officer that's working I suppose. But all in all, going over for a couple hours is easy
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:02 AM   #21
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Went shopping yesterday-spur of the moment.
Spent $262-declared all and waved through. I think when I told him mostly I bought underwear he was caught off guard LOL...
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