7 Suitcases and Nothing to Declare? Really?


Every country has a different duty free allowance amount for returning residents. Unlike the EU, the rest of us are required to declare and pay duty and/or taxes on anything over that allowance. Not declaring something that should have been declared can be expensive in penalties or worse, the item could be confiscated and you still have to pay penalties! And there is no point in arguing - customs officials are the most powerful officials in your country. 

Just remember: It is not illegal to spend more than your allowance. It is illegal not to declare what you spent and pay the required duty/taxes if you exceed your allowance. 

Since  TLC Travelers are mainly from Australia, Canada and the United Sates, so here are some short guidelines for you:

Returning residents of the United States:
Up to $800 worth of articles acquired abroad provided their stay abroad was at least 48 hours and their duty-free exemption was not used in the preceding 30 days. 
ANTIQUES produced prior to 100 years before date of entry are admitted duty-free. Have proof of antiquity obtained from seller.
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Returning residents of Canada:
Up to CAN$800
– May include alcohol and tobacco products, within the prescribed limits set by provincial or territorial authorities. For the seven-day exemption, goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (such as via courier, mail or delivery agency), except alcohol and tobacco products, which must be in your possession. All the goods will qualify for duty- and tax-free entry if they are declared at the initial return to Canada.

ANTIQUES produced prior to 100 years before date of entry are admitted duty-free. Have proof of antiquity obtained from seller. You will still be required to pay 13% GST/HST on antique items.
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Returning residents of Australia:
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia duty-free.

If you exceed Australia’s duty-free limits, duty and tax will apply on all items of that type (general goods, alcohol or tobacco), not just the goods over the limit.

If you have anything in excess of your duty-free concession, declare the goods and provide proof of purchase to us for calculation of any duty and tax to be paid.

Antiques produced prior to 100 years before date of entry are free of Customs duty under tariff item 9706.00.00 in the Customs Tariff, but subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST).  
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