Canada’s current de minimis level of $20 is grossly below that of other industrialized countries;
Canadians who spend more than $20 shopping online outside of Canada are paying the government up to 30% duty and tax penalties on their purchases;
Canadians who are able to cross the border to shop in person are permitted up to $800 in purchases without incurring duty and tax penalties while those who rely on online shopping are unfairly penalized for purchases as low as $20;
Raising the de minimis threshold to $200 CAD would bring direct economic benefits to Canadian consumers and businesses and bring Canada in line with the online economies of other industrialized countries; and
On March 11, 2016, the United States increased their own de minimis level to $800;
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to increase Canada’s de minimis level from $20 to $200 which will help middle class Canadians by lowering prices on goods, increasing product options for Canadians, and will lead to a more innovative and accessible product market for Canadians.
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