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Published May 20, 2012, 06:44 PM

Good news for Canadian shoppers and North Dakota businesses

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- North Dakota businesses are getting some good news. Starting June 1st, Canadian shoppers will be able to bring a LOT more duty-free items back across the border. Thanks to a new law that will help boost the tax base in cities across the state.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- North Dakota businesses are getting some good news. Starting June 1st, Canadian shoppers will be able to bring a LOT more duty-free items back across the border. Thanks to a new law that will help boost the tax base in cities across the state.

Nikki Nault and her boy friend make regular trips from Manitoba to Grand Forks for what they consider specialty items.

Nikki Nault / Winnipeg : "Like Cherry and Vanilla Coke. Pop Tart varieties that we can't get in Winnipeg."

They welcome a new Canadian law that will soon let them bring home more, with out being taxed. Next month Canadians will be able to bring back 200-hundred dollars of duty-free goods- up from 50-dollars. If they spend more then two days outside the country they can spend 800-tax free. Twice the current limit.

Rygg: "And now it just allows them to just purchase more while they are here so I think it will have a great impact on the retail community. "

Chris Coulter / Target: "Purchasing more items here. Not having to worry about that duty. It kind of helps that our prices are already low, it helps them save even a little bit more money. "

But what might be good for U.S retailers close to the border, might not be so good for Canadian businesses.

Roy Ticknor / Manitoba: "Especially if you are along the border. Why would you be happy, But just as consumers we are very pleased.

A recent Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau poll says 60 percent of Canadians come just to shop.

Ticknor: "It's for the difference in the price what can you say."

Julie Rygg / GGF CVB: "They tell us because our prices are better. Exchange rate is great. We have more selection, and so this is only going to improve that. "

And Nikki Nault says they have some purchases they will wait on until the new law kicks in.

Nault: "We decided to save the bigger stuff for when we can bring more over. And it's not going to cost us an arm and a leg."

And that's good for North Dakota - one more way to strengthen our tax base.

This weekend just happens to be one of the busiest of the year for Canadians traveling to the U.S. In Canada it is Victoria Day weekend.

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