Congressman Bill Owens has introduced a bill that would increase from $200 to $1000 the value of goods that can be brought into the United States duty free and without customs entry procedures.
Owens says the proposed legislation, H.R.5375, the Customs De Minimis Adjustment Act of 2010, would encourage economic development in northern New York and foster an environment of greater trade for community small business owners.
The current $200 limit was established in 1993, and has not been adjusted for inflation in 17 years.
“For our community to continue down the path to economic recovery, it is critical that we take advantage of the economic benefit that comes from a robust trade relationship with our neighbors to the north,” Owens said.
Owens said he hopes that the Canadian government will enact corresponding legislation to enhance tourism and shopping in Upstate New York communities.