The Prince George Airport Authority, following their vision of building an international gateway to Canada, has invested $5.6 million in building full service Canada Customs facilities.
Canada Customs is available at Prince George Airport (YXS). Please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website Opens a new window for more detailed information.
Canada Customs Declarations
When you return to Canada from abroad, you may qualify for a personal exemption. Personal exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value into the country without paying duties. Except for restricted items, you can bring back any amount of goods, as long as you are willing to pay the duties and any provincial or territorial assessments that apply. This rule applies even if you do not qualify for any kind of personal exemption. To find out whether or not the goods you are bringing back exceed your personal exemption, make sure to convert all foreign currency amounts into Canadian dollars at the appropriate rate of exchange.
Personal Exemptions for Canadian Residents
For detailed information on personal exemptions, please visit the Canadian Border Services Agency website. A useful document to read prior to travel is the brochure entitled “I Declare.” located on their webpage Guides and Brochures Opens a new window
Who is eligible for these exemptions?
You are eligible for a personal exemption if you are one of the following:
- a Canadian resident returning from a trip outside Canada;
- a former resident of Canada returning to live in this country; or
- a temporary resident of Canada returning from a trip outside Canada.
Young children and infants are entitled to a personal exemption. As a parent or guardian, you can make the customs declaration for the child, as long as the goods you are declaring are for the child’s use. Note: you cannot combine your personal exemptions with another person’s or transfer them to someone else.
Tobacco and Alcohol
For detailed information on tobacco and alcohol importation, please visit the Canadian Border Services Agency webpage, Alcohol and Tobacco Limits Opens a new window
Making Your Declaration
If you are returning to Canada by commercial aircraft, you will receive a traveller declaration card to complete before you arrive. This will help speed up the customs process. Children and people with disabilities can have family members or fellow passengers complete their cards for them. These cards are also used at some locations for travellers arriving by rail, vessel, or bus. If you have any questions about the card or Canadian regulations, please ask the customs officer when you arrive. If you are arriving in Canada in a private vehicle such as automobile, an aircraft, or (in some cases) a bus, you can make an oral declaration unless you are claiming the $750 exemption.
The information above was provided from the Canada Border Services Agency publication entitled “I Declare”, available at various customs points in Canada, or from Canada Customs directly. View the “I Declare: A guide for residents returning to Canada” web page Opens a new window.
Contact the regional office nearest you for more information, toll free at 1-800-461-9999.