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The sum­mer sea­son is upon us and many Cana­di­ans will take to the road and travel abroad. The Canada Border Ser­vices Agency (CBSA) is mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to ef­fec­tively man­age the in­creased vol­umes of pas­sen­gers dur­ing this peak pe­riod and en­cour­ages trav­ellers to keep th­ese five tips in mind. 1. Plan ahead to avoid de­lays at the land border when you re­turn to Canada from the United States. The CBSA sug­gests that you avoid trav­el­ling dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods, which oc­cur mainly dur­ing week­ends and statu­tory hol­i­days, be­tween 2:00 p.m. and mid­night. You may also keep track of border wait times by con­sult­ing CBSA Web site or by down­load­ing the mo­bile app Can­bor­der. 2. Bring ap­pro­pri­ate iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for your­self and for all chil­dren trav­el­ling with you, re­gard­less of their age. CBSA of­fi­cers watch closely for miss­ing chil­dren and may ask you de­tailed ques­tions about the chil­dren you are trav­el­ling with. If you have or share le­gal cus­tody of the chil­dren, have copies of the rel­e­vant le­gal doc­u­ments, such as cus­tody rights, on hand.

3. Upon your re­turn to Canada, de­clare all mer­chan­dise you have bought and re­ceived and have all

your re­ceipts on hand. Of­fi­cers may ask you to show re­ceipts for the goods you have pur­chased and your ho­tel re­ceipts to ver­ify the length of your stay out­side Canada. Keep all of your re­ceipts to­gether and on hand to avoid un­nec­es­sary de­lays. 4. Know be­fore you go. Cer­tain goods are pro­hib­ited or re­stricted from en­ter­ing Canada(weapons, cer­tain plant and an­i­mal prod­ucts, health

prod­ucts, fire­wood, etc.). 5. Be aware of your per­sonal

ex­emp­tions. De­pend­ing on the length of your stay abroad, you may be en­ti­tled to cer­tain per­sonal ex­emp­tions. Al­co­holic bev­er­ages and tobacco prod­ucts may be in­cluded in your 48-hour or 7-day ex­emp­tion, pro­vided you are of le­gal age. Cer­tain re­stric­tions ap­ply. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the CBSA web­site or con­tact the Border In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice at 1-800-461-9999.

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