Trump asked Ottawa to drop duties on e-commerce under NAFTA. Canadians should cheer, say experts

Canada has been fretting over U.S. President Donald Trump’s objectives for the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations. The administration published its wish list on Monday, ahead of the Aug. 16 date set for the start of the trade talks.

But at least one of those asks should have Canadian consumers cheering.

The U.S. requested that Ottawa raise the value of goods that Canadians can buy online without paying import duties and taxes to US$800 (C$1,011 ), up from its current level of C$20.

That would be “unambiguously good for consumers,” Daniel Schwanen, vice-president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, told Global News.

It would save them money and time, he added.

As many online shoppers in this country already know, if their purchases shipped from the U.S. are one penny over $20, they will likely be hit with import duties and sales taxes, not to mention being delayed at the border for customs processing.

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