- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the American policy is more favorable to U.S. shoppers who visit Canada.

They say, for example, that a Canadian family buying $100 of clothes in Buffalo and shipping them home faces a duty of about $22.

An American family, doing the opposite in Toronto, would pay no duty.

In a letter to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, the senators say raising Canada’s threshold from $20 per shipment up to the U.S. level of $200 for imported goods shipped home would have “a significant and positive impact” on U.S.-Canada trade.

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