Rights of Passage: The Economic Effects of Raising the De Minimis Threshold in Canada

June 23, 2016

This C.D. Howe Institute report assesses the impact of increasing the de minimis threshold (DMT) for imports into Canada. it finds that raising the DMT would have positive effects for consumers and businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized businesses because the cost savings for smaller entities is disproportionately large. The report further finds that that increasing the DMT in Canada would be fiscally neutral or positive for Ottawa, depending on how the government deploys its cost savings.