Now that it’s nearly spring, Canadians who spend their winters across the southern half of the United States are making plans to come back for the spring and summer. The snowbirds are soon to return.
This process can be a stressful one, especially if you’re new to the lifestyle. You likely won’t be back for months, so you essentially have to bring your whole life back to Canada with you. But there are some things you can do to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips for snowbirds returning to Canada:
Know Your Personal Exemptions
When you return to Canada, you’ll only be able to import goods up to $800 duty-and-tax-free. You’re allowed to bring back two bottles of wine or approximately 24 cans or bottles of beer, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 grams of manufactured tobacco, or 200 tobacco sticks, all stamped “duty paid.” You have to legally declare anything you’re bringing back when you cross the border, even if it’s going to arrive via mail later.
Make Sure You Have Everything You Need
Since you’re going to be gone for months, make sure you have all the clothes and belongings you want to bring with you. It may not be wise to leave valuables behind unless they’re in a safe. And for the trip, make sure you have all the proper documentation and any electronics you’ll need.
Become A NEXUS Member
As long as you’re going to be traveling back and forth every year, you might as well become a NEXUS member. You’ll have a simplified entry process at 21 different land border crossings in addition to access to dedicated vehicle lanes. You can also save time many airports within both Canada and the United States.
Have Your Vehicle Shipped
If you’re looking to save time and hassle, one of the best favors you can pay yourself if to fly home and have your vehicle shipped across the border. And if you’re looking for a reputable company that’s been doing this exact service for years now. Car Couriers Inc. is here for you. As a family-owned business that has decades of experience, we’ll ensure that your car arrives at its destination on time. Call us today at 888-637-2770 to get your shipment scheduled.