(NC) Avoid long lineups at airports and border crossings this travel season with these 10 tips:
1. Before you travel, learn your personal exemptions for goods such as alcohol and tobacco.
2. Research which products are allowed into Canada as some are inadmissible.
3. Remember duty–free doesn’t mean tax– free.
4. Report all currency you might be carrying equal to or more than $10,000. When you report to the CBSA, you will be required to fill out a one–page form. The CBSA does not confiscate, hold or seize any of the money provided you are truthful in your declaration.
5. Ensure you have the proper I.D. for yourself and children travelling with you such as a passport or NEXUS card. Check www.cbsa.gc.ca so you know what you need.
6. Be sure to fill in your declaration form honestly and accurately.
7. Declare all your purchases and be prepared to quickly produce receipts and airline tickets, if asked.
8. Never make false or incomplete declarations, as you create unnecessary and frustrating delays for everyone and risk penalties or seizure of goods.
9. Consider applying for a NEXUS membership and save time at air, marine, and land ports of entry when entering Canada or the United States. Check www.nexus.gc.ca for more information or to apply for a membership.
10. Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for cross–border travel and shopping. It reduces wait times substantially if you come prepared.
The Canada Border Services Agency has more tips for reducing wait times at www.cbsa.gc.ca and real–time tweets on wait times at 22 different Canadian border crossings at http://twitter.com/CBSA_BWT.