Originally Posted by caddoster
What I am still trying to figure out is, why is there a ration on buying milk at Sumas for the Canadian.... ?
The Canadian dairy industry is a "supply-managed industry" - more details here:
This typically means that the price of dairy products in Canada is much higher for the consumer. We find them to be at least 50% more expensive at home (including exchange rate) so we have always returned home with a few jugs of milk, some cheese and eggs. A discussion of the pro's and con's of this supply management system is not for this thread!
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulates what can be imported into Canada. In the case of dairy products (e.g.: cheese, milk, yogurt, butter) you are limited to up to 20 kilograms per person however quantities in excess of $20.00 may be subject to high rates of duty as determined by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). What Can I Bring Into Canada in Terms Of Food, Plant, Animal and Related Products? - Food - Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Going to the USA to buy dairy has also been quite popular here in the Vancouver area for many years. We routinely heard stories of the Bellingham Costco dairy shelves being bare on Sunday due to Canadian shoppers! I think this $20 limit is recent and in response to the trend.