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U.S. tech giants, Canadian retailers spar over online shopping duties Add to ...

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An intense battle is raging in Ottawa over how Canadians shop online.

At issue is how much consumers should be able to spend on goods purchased and shipped from foreign merchants before they have to pay duties and taxes. Since 1985, that amount has been stuck at $20 – even though the Conservative government in 2012 raised the limit to as much as $800 for items purchased during 48-hour cross-border trips.

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