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Border exemptions change today

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Canadians will soon be able to bring back $200 worth of goods from the United States duty-free after 24 hours and $800 after 48 hours.

The new exemptions take effect at Canadian border crossings today, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced at the Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg Friday.

Canada's new limits now match existing American limits.

However, there's no change on alcohol or tobacco exemptions. They stay the same. Canadians are permitted to bring 48 ounces of hard liquor, 1.5 litres of wine or 24 cans of beer across the lines duty-free after 48 hours.

They may also bring one carton of cigarettes plus 200 grams of loose tobacco, and 200 sticks of tobacco or 50 cigarellos.

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