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by Teresa F. Lindeman

Canadians have been smuggling contraband back across the border with the U.S. for years, doing things like cutting sales tags off pants, shirts and blouses before heading home — even wearing several layers of clothes to avoid being detained at the border for exceeding the duty-free limits.

“We would wear 500 pairs of pants,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, the tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County. Mr. Davis grew up in Fort Erie, Ontario, not far from Buffalo, N.Y., where shopping across the border was popular.

It still is.

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