While the Canadian Border Services Agency says it's prepared for an increase in traffic this Labour Day long weekend, it's offering some tips to help travellers make crossing the Canada-U.S. border smoother.

4 way to make border crossing faster

  • don't forget proper I.D. such as a passport, NEXUS card, enhanced driver's license
  • children under the age of 16 can use their original birth certificate if they don't have the above I.D. 
  • for children travelling without their parents or legal guardian a letter of permission has to be provided at the border along with parental contact information
  • plan ahead an check border wait time, especially with expected increased volumes this weekend 

5 way to make declaring goods easier 

  • have your receipts ready to go at the border 
  • after being away for 24 hours you can bring back tax and duty free goods valued at $200 Canadian 
  • after being away for 48 hours you can bring back tax and duty free goods valued at $800 Canadian 
  • there are no exemptions for same-day cross-border shopping trips, be prepared to pay HST and possible duty
  • be aware of what goods are not allowed across the border including certain foods, plants and animal products