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The new limits have boosted business in cities around Washington state this summer, while across the border; the Canadian economy has taken a hard hit from the exodus of shoppers looking for a sweeter deal.

Since the duty free exemptions were raised on June 1, overnight travel by Canadians to the U.S. has reached its highest level since record-keeping began, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.

In June, the duty-free limit increased to $200 from $50 on stays longer than 24 hours and to $800 from $400 for stays longer than 48 hours. Previously, a person who was away for seven days or more could bring back goods worth $750, duty-free. The limits for visits shorter than 24 hours and for alcohol and tobacco are unchanged.


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