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A border crossing in the Thousands Islands.  (Photo: Brian Mann)
A border crossing in the Thousands Islands. (Photo: Brian Mann)

US, Canada ease import limits

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U.S. and Canadian customs agencies this week loosened import rules, allowing goods valued up to $25-hundred-dollars "informal entry" on both sides of the border.

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Before the change, merchandise entering the U.S. with more than $2-thousand dollars value was subject to formal entry procedures. That process includes providing surety bonds, paying processing fees and filling out U.S. Customs and Border Protection import forms.

Canada’s expedited clearance limit was $1,600 before the new rules went into effect.

In a press statement, Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh says this incredibly important to New York.   He says it will increase commerce and help border communities to grow and create jobs.

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