Canada has now increased duty-free allowances.
I think the seven-day increase is fine but I have mixed feelings on whether we should have doubled the 48-hour limit. I have concerns regarding the impact of weekend shopping trips on Canadian merchants.Starting June 1, travelers returning from a 24-hour trip can spend $200 at the duty-free shop, four times the current $50 limit. Anyone coming home from a 48-hour absence can legally cross the border with $800 worth of goods, double the current limit. The seven-day exemption was bumped, too, but only by $50 to $800.
At the risk of sounding like an alcy, I think if they were playing with duty-free limits, one place that should be changed, especially for longer trips, are the alcohol limits. These currently sit at a piddly 1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of liquor regardless of the time away. For example, I know of several people who have visited wine-country and were disappointed not to be able to bring back a couple more bottles. Personally, it would have been nice to have brought back at least 2 bottles of rum on a recent trip to Cuba.