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Duty & Tax

It’s a common misconception that duties are exempted for goods coming from US or Mexico because of NAFTA. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) states that most American and Mexican manufactured items are exempted from duty. But what you buy from a US store does not mean the item was made in the United States. If the item was imported into the US, you may be charged duty when it comes into Canada. For duties, please read our article.

Unlike duties, GST, PST and HST are not exempted. But there are exceptions, please read our article on this subject.

Most Canadians take advantage of the duty free exemptions after they stay out of country for a period of time. When you return to Canada, you should note that customs officials are entitled to inspect your luggage; therefore, receipts from your purchases should be readily available for the officials. If a false declaration is made, goods can be seized and a financial penalty can be imposed. Be careful.

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  1. Melodie KolisnykNo Gravataron 01 Sep 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I am wondering if you could tell me what the duty would be on a saddle from Texas coming to Canada. The saddle is worth about 500.00 Canadain. I would like to order one but am worried what the duty wil cost.. Thankyou for your help

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    If the Saddle is made in Texas (or US or Mexico), it’s free of duty. If it’s made outside US/Mexico, the duty is 5~7%, see http://betterdollar.com/duty-rate-for-saddlery-and-harness-for-any-animal-including-traces-leads-knee-pads-muzzles-saddle-cloths-saddle-bags-dog-coats-and-the-like-of-any-material/

    You’ll have to pay GST/PST on top.

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  2. RhondaNo Gravataron 20 Sep 2009 at 9:47 am

    What would be the duty on a $1500 Sewing Machine – purchased in US but manufactured in Taiwan- coming into Canada. The sewing machine is for household use only.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    If the sewing machine has a furniture base, the duty is 9%. Otherwise, it’s free of duty. See http://betterdollar.com/duty-rate-for-sewing-machines-other-than-book-sewing-machines-of-heading-84-40-furniture-bases-and-covers-specially-designed-for-sewing-machines-sewing-machine-needles/

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  3. JaniceNo Gravataron 23 Sep 2009 at 10:37 am

    If I was going to the US for the day, what I am able to bring back? How much is duty or taxes on food?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    There’s no exemption if you make a day trip. Duty on food varies widely. So are taxes. You know if you buy a bagel with cheese etc put on (considered as a food service), you pay GST&PST. But if you buy more than 6 bagels with no add-on, you don’t pay GST/PST.

    Pls see: http://betterdollar.com/duty-tax/goods-to-declare/ for more details.

    That being said, I once crossed at Niagara Falls to see the falls from the other side, and came back with some shopping (probably under $20). The lady officer just kindly let me through.

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  4. Robert ParrNo Gravataron 29 Sep 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I wanted to purchase a Grohe kitchen faucet online and have it shipped here to Canada. Value is $450.00. It will be comming from the U.S. but i believe it was made in Germany. Will i have to pay Duty.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    should be no duty on faucets

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  5. AndrewNo Gravataron 07 Oct 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Hi, I’m interested in purchasing a suncast garden shed from the US for about $975. I was wondering what kind of duties, taxes and fees I would have to pay if my relative ships it to me.

    thanks.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    There’s no mentioning of garden shed in the CBSA duty tariff. So you’ll have to call them to ask about it.
    On top of duty, you’ll have to pay GST+PST and brokerage fee. See example here: http://betterdollar.com/mailorder/brokerage-fee/

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    if its made in the US or other free trade country no duty. Most favoured nation duty rate is 6.5% – or 3% General preferential Tariff
    (need exporter statement of orgin) plus any sales tax depending on province of residence.
    classify under HS code 3926.90.90.99

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  6. Gary ZimmermannNo Gravataron 08 Oct 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I would like to know the duties applied for bringing in polypropylene disposable coveralls into Canada from China?

    Tks

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  7. Bill HoodNo Gravataron 11 Oct 2009 at 7:06 am

    What would be the Duty on 10 KW standby generator. It would not be portable and would be permanently installed.
    Thanks

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  8. JaneNo Gravataron 15 Oct 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I will be in the US for the winter so I am able to bring back $750 Can. duty free. If I am over that amount will I pay duty on the difference or on the full amount.
    Thanks

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    You’ll pay duty on the difference. And if you have brought items over the exemption limit no more than $300, you’ll be able to pay a favorable duty rate of 7% for all goods from MFN nations. See http://betterdollar.com/duty-tax/tax-exemptions/

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  9. BerkNo Gravataron 16 Oct 2009 at 3:32 am

    Any idea of the duty rate on an Italian made espresso machine bought in the USA and coming into British Columbia? $1000 cost plus duty plus GST = ?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Coffee maker duty is 9%. see http://betterdollar.com/?s=%22coffee+maker%22

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  10. RandallNo Gravataron 17 Oct 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I want to purchase a TV from the US and bring it to Canada. It will cost $1,568.15 US and I want to know if I will have to pay duty (at what rate) and if I have to pay GST, PST. I live in Winnipeg. Thank you.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please see our blog: http://betterdollar.com/what%E2%80%99s-the-duty-tax-on-plasmalcd-tv/

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  11. AlNo Gravataron 30 Oct 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I would like to know if there is duty on tub/shower doors manufactured in the US. I will be in the U.S. for one day. They cost $400. I live in Alberta.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks to NAFTA, it’s free of duty. But you’ll have to pay GST/PST.
    Have a pleasant trip.

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  12. JamesNo Gravataron 02 Nov 2009 at 10:25 am

    I live in Alberta, Canada and want to import from China. I want to import, via mail order, $1,600 worth of promotional hand flags (4″ x 6″ with a stick on the end) made of Polyester or paper. Is there going to be duty?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    If its made in a country we have no free trade agreement with then duty is 18% for textile materials. should be no duty on paper flags.

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    RAmyaNo Gravatar Reply:

    hi.. i am trying to start a drapery business in toronto… i would like to know the duty of drapery fabrics if i were to import from china.

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  13. RandyNo Gravataron 05 Nov 2009 at 11:43 am

    I am Cdn citizen looking into purchasing a Panasonic & a Sharp tv, both assembled in Mexico. If I purchase and pay $USD cash & NY state tax when I get to the border i assume I will pay GST. What about PST do I pay that as well? and the major question is “Duty” I don’t think I have to pay it but have read conflicting coments on that. Thx

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks to NAFTA, there should be no duty. But both GST and PST apply.

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  14. KimNo Gravataron 08 Nov 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Randy,

    I just returned from the US into Canada where I paid duty of 5% on Sharp LCD TV that I had purchased in U.S. I knew I had to pay PST and GST but why the duty because of NAFTA?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    If the LCD TV is not made in US/Mexico, a duty will be applied. If you can prove the TV was made in Mexico, you can claim the the duty back.

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  15. KimNo Gravataron 08 Nov 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Bob,

    Oops my other email addressed it to Randy. I just returned from the U.S. into Canada where I paid duty of 5 % on Sharp LCD ty that i had purchased in U.S. I knew that I had to pay PST and GST on the tv but thought that there would be no duty because of NAFTA?

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  16. NayNo Gravataron 11 Nov 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hello Bob,

    I was checking on my latest Canada customs coding form & we have a product which is “storage totes made of wheat” my broker classificate it with the following number 6307.90.99.90 with us to pay 18% for duty. I just want to know if the classification number is correct for this Item.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    The code 6307.90.99.90 is for “Other made up articles” under “Of other textile materials”, which is really broad.

    http://betterdollar.com/?s=6307.90.99.90

    If you disagree with the classification, you can write up the description of your product and send a sample to CBSA. If the new classification saves you a few percentage off the duty, it’s worthwhile.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    This is the correct HS code

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  17. MartineNo Gravataron 13 Nov 2009 at 10:38 am

    Bob,
    I’m looking into purchasing a UPro GPS unit (golf gps rangefinder) for my husband. It is retailing for $399 USD versus $499 CAN. Wishaby.ca seems to indicate that I would not be paying any duty. Is that correct?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    There’s no reference to GPS in the official document. But other navigation gears are free from duty, and also most electronics are duty free.

    So chances are very high that you will just pay taxes.

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  18. DorisNo Gravataron 16 Nov 2009 at 4:15 pm

    What would duty be on a Price Pfister faucet made in China be if purchased in United States and being brought into Canada

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Faucets are duty free. See http://betterdollar.com/?s=faucet

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  19. MirzaNo Gravataron 16 Nov 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I am getting some samples from Singapore and HS Code is 8517.70.00.13. Can you kindly give me a guess that how much would be the duty. I am in Oakville, Ontario.
    Thanks in advance.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    You can use the search function on this site. http://betterdollar.com/?s=8517.70.00.13

    The item is highlighted if found. In your case, it free from duty.

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  20. VirginiaNo Gravataron 28 Nov 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I’m going down to the US and would like to buy some fabric for making clothes. I will only be down for the day. Is there duty on fabric? If so, how much?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty on fabric varies substantially. Please have a look at http://betterdollar.com/?s=fabric

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  21. renataNo Gravataron 17 Dec 2009 at 2:24 am

    I looked up the tariffs on a winter coat coming from the US and there were no tariffs. Is this true?

    Thanks!

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    renataNo Gravatar Reply:

    oh, one more point. The ski jacket is fully polyester.

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  22. TheresaNo Gravataron 28 Dec 2009 at 10:31 am

    I am looking at purchasing a treadmill that is manufactured in Taiwan. Can you tell me what the duty rate is? I realize that I will be required to pay GST & PST but I am unsure what the duty rate is on this item.
    Thanks

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    6.5% duty plus sales tax

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  23. khanNo Gravataron 03 Jan 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I would like to order some perfume from US .i need to know how much and which taxes I need to pay.
    Thanks

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    no duty from US just sales tax. GST/HST, PST depending on province of residency

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  24. CarlaNo Gravataron 26 Jan 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I live in US and want to send a new laptop to a friend in British Columbia. Will I have to pay duties or taxes and, if so, approximately how much?

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    CdnBrokerNo Gravatar Reply:

    You won’t have to, but the person in BC may have to pay PST/GST. (depending on how its being shipped up).

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  25. jimiNo Gravataron 28 Jan 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I would like to order Denon AVR-4310CI receiver online for my home theatre, the receiver is a Japanese product but I don’t know if it’s made in Mexico or in US. Do you know if I have to pay any duty fee to have shipped to Canada

    Thanks

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    CdnBrokerNo Gravatar Reply:

    It’s made in Japan, and is free from Duty.

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    amitNo Gravatar Reply:

    how is this duty free? what classification does it fall under? I just bought and Onkyo and CBSA charged me 6%. The box says made in Malaysia :-(

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    What class number did they use?

    amitNo Gravatar Reply:

    They’ve used 8527.99.90 00

    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    The Devon appears to have a clock function on it – which throws it into 8527 92 10 00 – duty free.

    If yours has a clock on it – or the ability to record the music to itself – then it falls under another heading.
    (8527911000)

    amitNo Gravatar Reply:

    There is no clock here is what I ordered…
    http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S7300-7-1-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B003OQUIIG

    The item code you have suggested anything that is used in motor vehicles.

    My unit doesn’t record music or anything. any more suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.

    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    85.27 Reception apparatus for radio-broadcasting, whether or not combined,
    in the same housing, with sound recording or reproducing apparatus or
    a clock

    -Other:

    8527.91 – -Combined with sound recording or reproducing apparatus

    8527.91.10 00 – - -Domestic NMB Free

    You could fight it, as the receiver has smarts in it, for sound reproducing. I’d have to check the explanatory notes though. either way, this is passed the area reserved for used in motor vehicles.

    To read the tariff, look at the – (dash) breakouts.

    Failing that, it would go under an amplifier, and be subject to 6.5%

    AmitNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks John. Would you be able to send me the explanatory notes and what forms do I need to fight this case? Thanks in advance.

  26. PJoyceNo Gravataron 08 Feb 2010 at 6:51 pm

    A client in British Columbia is interested in the purchase and shipping of 58,000 lbs of new recycled material sidewalk pavers from USA. The paving blocks are a composite made from 95% recycled rubber tires and beverage containers. Could you help advise on anticipated duty and taxes as I am unable to pin down an applicable duty rate classification. Thanks.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    request an advanced ruling from the CBSA heres the link
    http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/ar-da/menu-eng.html

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  27. JaniceNo Gravataron 16 Mar 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I want to pick up a leather sofa from the US and bring it across the border, ~$1750. What would be the duty rate?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    no duty if its made in a country we have a free trade agreement with. Worst case is 8% duty. If its made in China and you have certificate of origin or a statement from the exporter then its 5% duty under GPT.

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  28. brandonNo Gravataron 18 Mar 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if someone could answer something for me. I recently bought some speakers online from ebay. The value of the speakers was only $40 USD, but I got charged total $36.36 import charges by UPS. Also I noticed they described the item incorrectly. They put “boombox” as the description when they are clearly just a set of small speakers. Does this make a difference? I can’t find boombox anywhere in the database lol. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks

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    CdnBrokerNo Gravatar Reply:

    What was the breakdown of charges that UPS had given?

    Your fee was probably
    $19.45 – UPS Brokerage (plus GST = 20.42)

    15.94 made up the remainder, split between PST/GST and Duty. Let me know what their breakdown was..

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  29. MelodieNo Gravataron 01 Apr 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I am travelling to Ikea and we want to purchase our kitchen from there and bring it back into Canada. The kitchen is valued at $3500. How much duty would I have to pay, and is GST/PST applicable as well on top of it all?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Every component is classifed differently so you would have to breakdown according to the invoice. but kitchen cabinets of wood have no duty. and yes gst/hst and pst is applicable on top over your personal exemption if you have any.

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  30. GaryNo Gravataron 12 Apr 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Bob, you are very considerate to be taking the time to share your insight & wisdom with others on this ‘potentially costly’ subject for Canadian travellers. Please, if I may, I recently purchased $2500 GBP worth of designer clothing as a gift for my wife while in the UK; out of Canada less than 7 days. Other then ‘desperately’ leaving the items to charity in London to avoid disection by CBSA as to fabric content of the clothing, any ‘rough estimate’ of % Duty + GST I will pay returning to Alberta? Cheers (You should start your own website)

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Gary,

    Thanks for the kind words.
    Clothing in general has a duty of 17~18%. The GST is on top of that. If you need to find out more specifics, see http://betterdollar.com/designer-clothing-garments-apparels/

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  31. J Rob McGinnNo Gravataron 09 May 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I have purchased an Allen Electronic organ made in MacCungie Pa USA in 1995 . Apart from PST and GST what duty will there be on this instrument? Purchase price 10 grand.
    Thanks
    Rob McGinn

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    If its made in the US then no duty.

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  32. KathyNo Gravataron 09 May 2010 at 10:46 pm

    This is a great site! I am working on a show for a local – not for profit community theatre and wondering how much duty we would need to pay if we send someone down to pick up hat, gloves (evening gown length), shoes (woman dance shoes), underclothes for upcoming production and they can’t stay 24 hours (roughly $300-$400 for items in total) Thank you so much!

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    depends on the material and where the stuff is made. clothes tend to have high duty rates if made in a country without a free trade agreement with us

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  33. JaneNo Gravataron 16 May 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Hi, I’m thinking of buying a viol (bowed string instrument) that was made in China. How much would the duty be on it?

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    JaneNo Gravatar Reply:

    By the way your site is a blessing! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer everyone and feel so lucky to have stumbled upon this!

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks for your kind words.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    The closest I can find is that string instrument played with a bow is from duty. See, http://betterdollar.com/duty-rate-for-other-string-musical-instruments-for-example-guitars-violins-harps/

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  34. susanNo Gravataron 20 May 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I want to purchase a stroller from the US which costs $300 dollars & wanted to know how much duty I would have to pay.

    Thank you,

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    8% duty if not made in a country we have a free trade agreement with. 5% if made in a country we give GPT (general preferential treatment) provided you have a certificate of origin or statement from the exporter. i.e. China

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  35. KevinNo Gravataron 22 May 2010 at 11:43 am

    I am looking to purchase aluminum rims with tires, cost approx. $1400 US. What duty would I pay if the rims and tires are/ are not produced in NA?

    Thank you,

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    6% on the rims, 7% on the tires.

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  36. tamiNo Gravataron 30 May 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I am a canadian citizesh. I would like to know what is the limit size and value of a rug bringing to canada from middle east.
    If the limit is exeed how much charge will be applied? Is there any chart for this info?

    Thank you,

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    if you’re gone at least 7 days you get the $750 cad exemption and pay duty on the remaining value. duty depends on material and if its hand knotted or machine knotted.

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  37. tamiNo Gravataron 04 Jun 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hi, this is the second message that I am sending. I am a canadian citizesh. I would like to know what is the limit size and value of a rug bringing to canada from middle east.
    If the limit is exceed how much charge will be applied? Is there any chart for this info?

    Thank you,

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  38. MelodieNo Gravataron 09 Jun 2010 at 11:37 am

    sorry, I am sending another message…I need help finding forms for getting my taxes back that I paid on purchases in Minneapolis. ( I am from Canada)

    HELP!!
    Melodie

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    you need to contact the US State responsible…not sure if you can get them back. depends on state i think.

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  39. KevinNo Gravataron 15 Jun 2010 at 7:40 am

    I would like to purchase a full size comic book figurine statue from an individual in USA. (made in Europe?) Approx price: 2000$ US (used, a private sale). How much should I expect to pay when I take it back home to Ontario? Thanks!

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    depends on where its made. duty is 6.5% worst case plus sales tax depending on province

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  40. James MacMahonNo Gravataron 26 Jun 2010 at 3:03 pm

    If I go to Washington State I can purchase Metal Roll On Roofing material in a 5Gal. pail ( Oil base product) about half the price of B.C. Can you tell me what the import duty would be. Thanks for your help “jimmymac”

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    need more details. what is this product? trade name? chemical name? where is it made? if its made in US then no duty.

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  41. JohnNo Gravataron 05 Jul 2010 at 1:11 am

    Hi, I am in canada. I would like to order 25kg of bulk spices from the US at a $400 dollar value, but they were originally imported from Africa…what kind of duty would I expect…thanks so much…you are so helpful to everyone.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    spices are duty and tax free

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  42. LizNo Gravataron 26 Jul 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Hello, interesting and helpful site. ty… So, my inquiry: We are purchasing a US made (in Texas) jetted tub for our disabled daughter, it will be shipped to Oroville Wa, and we plan to pick it up there when it arrives. And yes, we already know that we will have to pay the HST…. I have already done a search on the betterdollar website and have been unable to find any reference to bathroom fixtures.
    My question is: what duty will we have to pay (if any), as it will be only a day trip to pick it up… thankyou for your time…

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    if its made in the US…then you pay no duty thanks to NAFTA

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  43. LizNo Gravataron 26 Jul 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Sorry, the value of the tub is approx. $2000.

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  44. HattieNo Gravataron 16 Aug 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if I buy from Chinese wholesellers and plan to sell those products. Can I mark it as gifts? Is marking it as gifts illegal? My supplier offered to mark it as gift, should I trust this supplier? Thanks!

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  45. KayNo Gravataron 02 Sep 2010 at 11:22 am

    I’m looking at buying winter jackets (NWT) from ebay for my kids. Will there be duty/charges on them? I live in Ontario.

    Thanks!

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Does NWT mean north west territories?
    If the jackets are not made in a free trade applicable country you are looking at about 17-18% duty plus 13% HST

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  46. PaulNo Gravataron 03 Sep 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Planning to purchase 1939 Steinway Piano (Manufactured New York). Ivory keys. Walnut cabinetry. @$19,500. Located in Ohio. Would be coming to Ontario. Your comments on duty and the ivory issue would be greatly appreciated. Assuming since manufactured in US there would be no duty. Thank you very much for your assistance.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    I would call CITES CANADA (819) 997-1840 for an import permit for the Ivory Keys. Otherwise, I think just HST would apply.

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  47. JohnnyNo Gravataron 04 Sep 2010 at 10:14 am

    Hi, I am looking at purchasing cabinets for my kitchen from a US company. Their stock is made in China. What taxes and duty rate shall I expect to pay? I’m assuming the HST tax will apply.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes HST will apply.on the total value plus 9.5 duty (%6 duty if you have certificate of origin or a statement from the exporter in the prescibed format stating the goods are made in China)

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  48. GeorgiaNo Gravataron 07 Sep 2010 at 9:44 am

    I live in Quebec, what would be the duty / taxes to import a Panasonic digital camera (value $404 US dollars), purchased on-line from a US-based sotre?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    No duty. Just GST and Quebec sales tax

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  49. DonnyNo Gravataron 07 Sep 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Hi … I want to buy a truck box cover thats made in the USA for $1039 US. It will be shipped to Toronto Canada. Will I have to pay duty + taxes on this item ?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    No duty if made in the USA but HST of 13% after you convert the 1039 usd to Cad.

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  50. GillianNo Gravataron 07 Sep 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I want to buy a Sam Baere meat grinder for making pet food (it has to be able to grind chicken bones). As I can’t find anything like this in Canada, I am looking into importing one from the U.S. distributor. According to the U.S. Sam Baere people, this machine is made in China. Can you please tell me what duty I will have to pay on it? Thank you.

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    No duty. GST applies as this is commercial import

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  51. CarolineNo Gravataron 08 Sep 2010 at 11:00 pm

    This website is so helpful! I want to buy a watch from the US that is approx $250. The watch was made in Taiwan. I will be getting it shipped to Alberta. How much duty will I have to pay?

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    Customs InfoNo Gravatar Reply:

    5% duty so 12.50

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  52. HEATHERNo Gravataron 16 Sep 2010 at 9:55 am

    HI I WANT TO PURCHASE A 2X4 ATV VEHICLE IN THE US AND BRING INTO CANADA. THE DEALER SAYS ALL I WILL PAY ARE MY TAXES AT THE BORDER, ARE THERE ANY DUTIES OR TARRIFFS THEY ARE NOT TELLING ME ABOUT.
    THANKS

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please visit http://www.riv.ca There may not be duty, but you have to look at RIV fees.

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  53. AndreaNo Gravataron 21 Sep 2010 at 11:46 am

    My boyfriend and I are Canadian citizens. He plays sports in the USA for the winter and will be living there for 6 months then going back to Canada. We are hoping to buy a vehicle there and come back to Canada for the summer. So we were just wondering how much tax we would have to pay at the border or if there are any other fees? Or if living there for half a year would help us not pay so many taxes? Thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    You’re better to contact RIV – registrar of imported vehicles – http://www.riv.ca

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  54. Kenneth DuffyNo Gravataron 27 Sep 2010 at 8:30 am

    I was wondering what the rate of duty was on scaffolding imported from Ireland

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  55. PaintballerNo Gravataron 30 Sep 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I am ordering a Painbtall Marker from the US but im afraid of how much the duty cost will be. The cost after shipping is 429.99 USD

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  56. CookNo Gravataron 02 Oct 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’d like to bring an Electrolux range back from the States to Canada, but it’s made in Quebec – go figure it’s significantly cheaper at the Sears in the US than the Sears in Canada. Any idea how much duty I’d pay? The product is $2300 US.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    duty free. Made in Canada.

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  57. VanessaNo Gravataron 05 Oct 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I would like to purchase a new wood stove in Alaska and bring it back to the Yukon. The stove was made in Canada. I know I have to pay GST but am wondering if there will be duty on this item and how much it would be.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Made in Canada – Canadian goods returned, duty free.

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  58. YvonNo Gravataron 05 Oct 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Can anyone tell me what is the duty or tariff rate for importing cubic zirconia and other immitation gem stones into Canada.

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  59. RyanNo Gravataron 09 Oct 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I am wondering what the duty+tax would be on drywall from Washington State to bring into BC for personal use.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    regardless of use, 0% (made in the US), plus provincial HST.

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  60. zachNo Gravataron 20 Oct 2010 at 9:14 am

    i want to bring my wife on a overnight shoppng trip(clothes) if i spent $400 how much will i be expected to pay at the border?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Depends on what clothes. Minimum 13% HST. Stay over another night, and get the break.

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  61. StephenNo Gravataron 30 Oct 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I am also looking at purchasing kitchen cabinets from a US company. The cabinets are manufactured in China using US and Canadian lumber, what would the duty be? Thank yoU!!

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  62. NoelNo Gravataron 30 Oct 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I am wanting to import electrolux appliances into Canada from the US. Do you know if there will be any duty charges in doing this? Thanks.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Depends on where they are made. If US/MEx – then no, just PST/GST, or HST. Warning that a broker may charge extra as most appliances require OGD ( Other govt department) and they could charge extra. Be careful, if they do not have a CSA sticker on them, customs may not allow their importation.

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    mandyNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi do you know if Samsung refrigerators are made in north america?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Samsung is made in Korea under Maytag’s supervision

  63. PhilNo Gravataron 11 Nov 2010 at 11:33 am

    Hi,

    I want to purchase shoes from the US and bring it to Canada. The shoes are worth 200. How much are the fees?

    Thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Childrens shoes, or adult shoes, and where are they made?

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  64. amandaNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I bought a watch froman online auction for 99.00 but it is worth more then that. how will i know how much the duty will be coming into ontario from New York.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    HST (13%) plus if I remember correctly 10% excise tax (so, $100 x 10% = $10.00 + HST on $110.00 = 14.30
    Total $24.30

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  65. PhilNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2010 at 10:25 pm

    @John R

    They are adult shoes made in China imported to the U.S.

    Thanks
    Phil

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  66. AnthonyNo Gravataron 19 Nov 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I bought a 1200 jacket from France, to bring it to Canada but the jacket was made in Canada do I have to pay Duty?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    No

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  67. PC KONo Gravataron 20 Nov 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Hi, if I buy a Blackberry phone on the website and ship back to Ontario from the US, do I have to pay duty/tax? and if I do, then what is the % will charge to me? Let’s say the Blackberry is US$500. Thank you.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes you have to pay. 13% HST based on the canadian value of $500 USD

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  68. slammedKombiNo Gravataron 22 Nov 2010 at 12:53 pm

    hi, i want to buy a set of rims for my van, they’re sold in the US, made in Argentina, i would be importing to here in Canada, they sell for 799US.how much would the duty be?
    thanks.

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  69. LloydNo Gravataron 22 Nov 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Hello,looking to buy a ipad in the states,what would be the duty.
    thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty -0 + Provincial PST/GST or HST

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  70. caeumNo Gravataron 28 Nov 2010 at 5:44 pm

    i want to buy a snowboard for 300$ US what would the duty on that be?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Where is it made? If made IN the US – Duty free.

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    CaeumNo Gravatar Reply:

    It was made in china

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  71. EdNo Gravataron 29 Nov 2010 at 8:58 am

    What would be the duty on a Marantz SR8002 Audio Receiver purchased on line for $1017 from Amazon.com. Doubt it was made in the US.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    0% + HST

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    amitNo Gravatar Reply:

    What classification does it fall under? I am concern about my Onkyo, i was charged 6% duty.

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  72. John McGurkNo Gravataron 29 Nov 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I’m thinking of buying a used US built horse trailer and bringing it into Canada? Are there any restrictions like cars? Duty cost? If so do personal or travelling family members duty exemptions apply?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please consult the RIV website for trailers. You’ll need alot of paperwork, clearance letters, etc, best answered by RIV.
    Duty free, but have to pay certain extra fees, which won’t get waived by personal exemptions.
    (search this page for RIV)

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  73. acNo Gravataron 10 Dec 2010 at 1:48 pm

    we purchased and iron clad set of pots and pans online. We live in Canada and the pots are made in Pennsylvania. We paid the retailer the full price of the set plus shipping which includes brokerage fee.

    HOW much duty do we pay on the pots and pans ($1015 US)
    and how much tax (I think it will be 13% total for taxes if I am correct)

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If made in USA, and have proof, 13% hst if ontario.

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  74. Dawn VNo Gravataron 21 Dec 2010 at 7:42 am

    I’m looking at purchasing an elliptical trainer…any idea if there would be duty on it?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Any idea on where its made?

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    Dawn VNo Gravatar Reply:

    China

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    9506.91.90.90 6.5% Duty.
    13% HST (if in Ontario)

  75. LMSNo Gravataron 07 Jan 2011 at 8:34 am

    Are there duty and or taxes to be paid on used articles (small decor items-wood, ceramic–not more than $100.00 value in total at any one time) purchased in the U. S. to be used for re-sale in Canada? Can they be included in a personal exemption or must they be declared separately? Do I need a broker?

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  76. John RNo Gravataron 07 Jan 2011 at 3:44 pm

    You don’t need a broker. You can make personal (and commercial) declarations, but only on your (or your employers) behalf.

    If you are importing them as a commercial item though, you can’t claim a personal exemption. Personal exemptions are by definition – for personal products.

    Can you give me more details on what ‘decor items’ are? You will have to pay at min, the HST (which if its commercial, you will get back through an ITC).

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    LMSNo Gravatar Reply:

    “Decor items” would be small ceramics and maybe wooden or metal items such as wall plaques–all bought at Goodwill-type stores. I visit in the U.S. quite frequently and I am thinking about starting up a small shop in Canada selling 2nd hand gently-used items.
    How do I make a “commercial” declaration? I travel by car. I’m only asking about all this to see if it would be worthwhile at all to engage in this. Also what is ITC?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    ITC – input tax credit. As a business you get back the HST that you pay.

    When you get to the customs office, they’ll take you inside, and have you produce invoices and figure out what tariff numbers go with what you bought. Its similar to the personal side of things, only you get to do the work this time.

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    LMSNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thank you so much! This is truly a great service that you are providing for us neophytes! I also travel with a Nexus card and I know that one of the rules is that you do not use the card for travel if you are importing goods for re-sale. But I also have a valid, current passport which I could use should I choose to import goods which at this point I don’t think I will do. Something to think about. Thanks again for your valuable information.

  77. CarolineNo Gravataron 07 Jan 2011 at 7:44 pm

    How much duty would I pay on a watch ordered on a US website, manufactured in Japan- shipped to Calgary Alberta.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    10% of the amount over $25, plus GST

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  78. Dennis.No Gravataron 11 Jan 2011 at 1:17 am

    I am considering buying a cabinet table saw from the US. The saw is manufactured in Tiawan. Could you advise if there is duty on this item.

    Thanks

    Dennis

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  79. LMSNo Gravataron 11 Jan 2011 at 8:40 am

    A person sends Rx eye glass lenses (with and/or without the frames) which were purchased in Canada to the U.S. for special tinting. On the return of the now-tinted eye glasses to Canada, is there duty to be paid on the “tinting”?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    As your sending something out to be improved upon, you would be subject to pay duty/tax on the cost of the improvement.

    I’ll put a call in to see where tinting comes in to play as far as a classification on it.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Non-warranty goods returning, You would just have to declare the value of the work done (tinting).
    Taxes are payable on the work done, but no duty.

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  80. JayNo Gravataron 11 Jan 2011 at 5:42 pm

    hi bob,
    i was wondering what fees would be involved if i would purchase some beauty products in the U.S and come back the same day?

    thank you for your time

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    What are the beauty Products?
    (And Min HST)

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  81. JimNo Gravataron 12 Jan 2011 at 6:10 am

    I would like to order a Toshiba’s laptop from the U.S. web site. Is there duty on it because it is definitely made in China, not the U.S. or Mexico?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty Free, Just HST

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  82. Haley HNo Gravataron 13 Jan 2011 at 12:19 pm

    i orders a dress for my grad of off a site from the U.S. i live in canada i was wondering if there would be duty on my dress the cost of the dress was 268.04 coming to canada and if so how much would the duty on it cost?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Between 0 and 18%, depending on where it was made, and what its made out of.

    Plus HST

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  83. Alex NNo Gravataron 13 Jan 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I ordered a collection of cast dinosaur skulls from OK at a cost of $750. Any ideas on what I am looking at in duty and taxes to get these delivered over the border?

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  84. John RNo Gravataron 13 Jan 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Where are they made?

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    Alex NNo Gravatar Reply:

    I do believe they are made on site in Oklahoma.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty Free – request a nafta
    HST applicable.

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  85. JenNo Gravataron 19 Jan 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I ordered $450- worth of Victoria’s Secret shoes and clothing items from the U.S.A. How much duties and taxes do I have to pay in Canada?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Depending on the material and country of origin – up to 18% + HST.

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  86. JenNo Gravataron 20 Jan 2011 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for the reply.

    The items are $80-, $110-, $110-, $75-, $60- and I am giving them all away as gifts. What are my duties and taxes?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    It doesn’t matter the amount, it will depend on the material used to make them, and the countries of origin on where the goods were made.

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  87. StanleyNo Gravataron 20 Jan 2011 at 8:15 am

    I was thinking about purchasing some baseball cards from a seller in the US for about $1000. What are my duties and taxes? Thanks in advance.

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  88. RachealNo Gravataron 26 Jan 2011 at 5:29 pm

    What would the duty be on a wedding dress coming from the states.. made in North America valued at aprox 800$

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  89. ManuNo Gravataron 30 Jan 2011 at 10:49 pm

    HI–i am moving from US to Canada and planning to take my old furniture and mattresses with me. How much duty or taxes would i have to pay to move these items across the border? Your answer is highly appreciated!

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  90. MattNo Gravataron 30 Jan 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I want to buy a cordless drill on ebay for approx $75.00 US,
    I believe it is made in the US but not positive. Can you give both scenarios? Thank you.

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  91. vedNo Gravataron 04 Feb 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I want to import Indian wedding dresses, May I know duty structure on these items value would be approx $5000

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  92. JohnNo Gravataron 05 Feb 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve purchased an electronic drum machine from a Company called Sweetwater in the US. The address is: 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
    The drum machine costs $1566.00 US. It is being air-shipped by FedEx. I have looked on the Tariif PDF but I still can’t narrow it down to a proper category. I just really need to know what the duty charges will be. Can you please help me with this? Thank you very much.

    Regards,

    John

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    The electronic drum machine seems to fit under 8543.70.00.00 FREE, + HST

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  93. JohnNo Gravataron 05 Feb 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I forgot to add that the drum machine was manufactured in Sweden. Sorry about that.:)

    Regards,

    John

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    8543.70.00.00 FREE, + HST

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  94. SherriNo Gravataron 11 Feb 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Hi I am buying a used wedding dress off of a person from the US for $300 and having the person ship it to me in Canada. She purchased it in the US but it was made in China. What taxes and fees will I have to pay on it when it crosses the border?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Depending on material content, could be as high as 16%, but expect to at min pay PST/GST or HST.

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  95. Trevor RNo Gravataron 24 Feb 2011 at 10:05 am

    Looking to buy a set of motorcycle boots from the states, http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-adventure-rain-boots
    Im guessing its 13% but I’m not sure, the boots are made in Italy as far as I know

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  96. ChrisNo Gravataron 03 Mar 2011 at 6:21 pm

    If my stuff bought in US was mailed to my address in Vancouver via USPS, never pay tariff. But if I cross the border to pick it up, I’ll have to pay custome and tax.
    Why there’s such difference?
    Any idea?
    Thanks!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Canada post gets 12 million pieces of mail a day.

    That border guard just sees you.

    Actually – if you mail something you *may* have to pay duty and tax, in the same way you *may* have to when you cross over. its a crap shoot. Statistically, you are more likely to have to pay when you drive over, then if you mail something.

    But you can only mail so big an item.

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    MargaretNo Gravatar Reply:

    I am a Canadian returning from the US after 2 months, I want to bring in extra bottles of Wine and Spirits what extra do I have to pay over the limit

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    ChrisNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks you, John!
    If I open a business crossing the border and pick up packages for others, do I have to hire a customer broker or I can apply the licence myself, or even better I can declare custome without licence.
    Thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    In order to do this, you would
    - become a commercial carrier and be subject to the requirements of that industry
    - become a customs broker (with having a professionally licensed person on staff as a director – (if your hiring, let me know ;)
    - Post a bond with CBSA for min $50,000

    there are some other requirements, but this is enough to think on.

    You can use another broker to do your work, but that would mean the broker has to get power of attorneys for each person who’s doing the importing.

  97. LanceNo Gravataron 03 Mar 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I recently bought a camera lens from the states, it was a used lens from a private seller, not a store. There were no duties but fedex charged me 10 Rodfee. I was charged HST based on it’s value. Can they charge tax on a private sale? Can I get it back?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    They don’t charge you, CBSA (canada border services agency) does. Fedex just collects it on their behalf.

    And yes they can – you’re importing goods into Canada. Regardless if its used, from an individual, from a company – doesn’t matter. You are importing goods from a foreign market into Canada.

    Just be happy you didn’t ship UPS. They charge more.

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  98. DennyNo Gravataron 05 Mar 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I want to order a gold necklace from Thailand. What would I be charged for duties and fees?

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  99. NateNo Gravataron 07 Mar 2011 at 12:29 am

    Hey I would like to go to the States (coming from Canada) and Purchase an iPad 2 as well as a case and one accessory. How much would the duty be if it was a trip under 24 hours?

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  100. rachelNo Gravataron 23 Mar 2011 at 8:48 pm

    hi im goiung back to canada i bought clothes,bags and watches in Ross Stores ..do i need to pay duty on it when it cross the boarder? thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Maybe. It depends on how long you went over, the country of origin, how nice the officer is..

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  101. DaedalusNo Gravataron 25 Mar 2011 at 3:08 am

    I found a Mountain Bike from a Canadian Manufacturer being sold online in the US for considerably less. Ontario resident. I assume it is duty free, just have to pay HST?
    What if the bike (though a Canadian company) was built in Taiwan?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Correct – as its made in Canada, it will be duty free, but you’ll have to pay PST/GST-HST on it.

    If it was built in taiwan, its made in taiwan, and would be subject to duty (IIRC – 6% sticks in my head)

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    DaedalusNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thank You.

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  102. DianeNo Gravataron 02 Apr 2011 at 6:08 pm

    When we have travelled outside of Canada in the past and purchased small works of art we have brought it back on the plane with us and just declared it as part of our $750 per person limit. Last month we went to Hawaii and bought a lithograph which we decided to have mailed instead. Upon entering Canada we declared it and indicated it was being shipped separately. When it arrived we were charged GST on the value of the item. Do you know why were are charged GST when it is mailed to us but not when we bring it back in person? It was within our $750 per person limit and we were not charged duty becaue it is original art. Why the GST?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    When you declared it, you should have been given a receipt, take that to your local customs office, and they will remove the charges.

    As customs mail processing have no idea you came in separately and have already declared the goods, they would assign duty/tax on it.

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  103. JasonNo Gravataron 07 Apr 2011 at 12:09 pm

    If I buy a case of baseball cards (sports cards/trading cards) for $3000 that is manufactured in the USA, what duties would I have to pay?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    None. Made in USA = Duty Free, HST applies though.

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    JasonNo Gravatar Reply:

    If I live in Alberta, I would just pay GST, not HST right?
    Thanks for all your help answering questions, it’s greatly appreciated.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Correct.

  104. ahsenNo Gravataron 07 Apr 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hi,
    I want to buy contact lenses from Taiwan. How much duty and custom charges i have to pay in USA?
    Thanks!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    No idea. In canada you would pay HST.

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  105. SandraNo Gravataron 08 Apr 2011 at 3:04 am

    If I get a free Cricut cartridge (valued at $90 for cardmaking/scrapbooking tool) sent to me in Canada from the US (made in China), what duty would I have to pay if any?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Maybe free, maybe 6% + HST

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  106. MarkNo Gravataron 09 Apr 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hello,

    I would like to import, via mail order, a pair of loudspeakers from the UK. They cost approx. $900 and are made in the UK. I live in Alberta, Canada. Can you please tell me what charges (tax, duty etc) I should expect to incur? Many thanks for your help.

    Mark

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  107. gabriellaNo Gravataron 11 Apr 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I would like to send 4 Italian made shirts (96%cotton-4%elastic) from NYC to Canada. The total value is US$ 360.00. Does anyone know how much duty will be on this shipment?

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  108. BlackieNo Gravataron 14 Apr 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Question about personal exemption and goods not accompanying you. Can I make an online purchase while away on Vacation and claim as part of my personal exemption upon returning to the country? The goods won’t be coming from the same location as where I’ll be while out of country. Thanks

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  109. KatNo Gravataron 17 Apr 2011 at 9:35 am

    I need to take a reverse osmosis system from the US to Canada that my Cdn parents are purchasing for themselves – I’m the delivery person. Do I need to declare this and what kind of duty would I be looking at? The system is about $300 US

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  110. KaliNo Gravataron 17 Apr 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I want to import some handicraft goods made of bones (buffalo), stone, copper statues, traditional paintings, woolen ready made garments and other handicraft items made in Nepal worth of $700 to $1000 CAD. I don’t have any import license and all items are for sample and gift purpose. What will be the duty and taxes and what are the required documents as it will arrive here Via Courier mode at Airport.

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  111. KamaliNo Gravataron 18 Apr 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Question about import of handicraft goods from Nepal worth 700 – 1000 CAD. as we don’t have any import licence and we are going to import individually for gift and free distribution in nepalese festival. Items are bone (buffalo) pendants, bracelets, necklaces, key rings, some woolen hats, sweaters, scarfs, shawls, some traditional paintings, nepalese souviner knifes and some immitation jewelleries. Please advice what are the duties and taxes on this. Is it prohibited to be imported by individual? What are required documents to import? Please suggest……………..as much as possible………..Thanking you so much………………

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  112. KathyNo Gravataron 22 Apr 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I bought a 2000 GMC wheelchair van (wheelchair lift) in February from the USA made in the USA…I paid duty, should have I ? If not, can I get it back, I’m a quadriplegic and the owner. Thanks,
    Kathy

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Are you sure you paid duty, or did you pay Excise tax and GST, and then PST when you registered?

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  113. RobertNo Gravataron 25 Apr 2011 at 3:29 am

    I wish to import tropical furniture(from Malaysia) in containers for Direct retail sale (using rented Industrial site) in Toronto.
    What are the tariff or taxes to be paid to the custom to clear the goods.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please contact a broker for this information. You can find them in the yellow pages, or google for “canadian customs broker”, as its more then duty and tax. You have to be aware of the terminal fees, inspection fees, and a whole list of other things when you import containers commercially.

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  114. canadainultraNo Gravataron 25 Apr 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I am buying a 300 dollar longboard online from the us it is made in the us and i live in toronto canada what is the duty?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If its made in the US its free from duty. But call to see if they can give you a NAFTA certificate. Sometimes Made in the US isn’t.

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  115. AnaNo Gravataron 28 Apr 2011 at 7:43 am

    Hi ,i’ve been living in canada for an year but i am not canadian.i wuId like bring my furnitures from europe to canada.in this case do i have to pay taxes?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Personal effects has its own section for customs, and you’re better off to contact the closest port to where your goods would arrive for details on how to import them. Usually they are duty free -but they need a list of the items, to make sure you suddenly go out and buy 100 brand new tv’s.

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  116. Don TomNo Gravataron 10 May 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I am thinking of purchasing A “John Deere X300″ new lawn tractor in the US (Maine) . I believe?? I can bring it into Canada duty free. Hst would be charged at border. “Can I” or “how” would I retreve US state tax on the tractor. Help please. Don

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Arrange with the seller to have it shipped to you in Canada.

    Or

    Call up the Maine state tax, and ask how to recover the tax. expect to be told that you can’t. Most border states have no provision as the sale has occurred within the state.
    Its only when you purchase the goods, and have the vendor ship it to you do they omit the tax.

    You could also call the vendor and see if you provided proof of export (an import B3 form from canada customs) if that would be proof enough of for them.

    Note that since you are picking it up, you’re making the purchase in the state, and are subject to the taxes of that state. Your mileage may very, and if someone agrees not to charge you state tax this time, you may not be so lucky next.

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  117. jackNo Gravataron 17 May 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Hello there,

    Great site. I’m looking to buy a Weber Liquid Propane Grill e330 – Can you let me know if I’m looking at a duty fee? I think it’s manufactured in the States. The grill costs $799 at WalMart.
    Thanks.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If its made in the states, you’ll get it duty free, but be subject to PST/GST/HST.

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  118. Tom MilliganNo Gravataron 21 May 2011 at 6:12 am

    Hi there,

    I’d like to buy a gold-plated cutlery set as a wedding gift to a friend in Canada. I can only get it in the U.S. so am wondering how much duty my Canadian friend might have to pay. The cutlery is not manufactured in the U.S. and costs $390 there.

    Many thanks.

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  119. conrad mosherNo Gravataron 31 May 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I am interested in purchasing a motorcycle in the usa and bringing it to canada, it was manufactured in austria would duty apply?

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  120. Laura VanNo Gravataron 02 Jun 2011 at 8:23 am

    I would like to buy a pool in the states, it is 699.99 and produced in the States. Will there be duty and if so how much. Also is there a contact number that i can call and talk to duty employees.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    PST/GST or HST applies.
    CBSA contact information can be found at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/listing/indexpages/index-e.html

    (I do not work for CBSA)

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  121. Cody KnappNo Gravataron 05 Jun 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Hello, I am interested in buying Trading/Collectible Cards (like yugioh and pokemon) from the US. All of these cards are printed and packaged in the United States. I am having them shipped to Canada, would there be duties or taxes on this purchase? (Total purchase worth around 5,000-5,500 USD)

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Commercial Import – 5% GST
    Personal import = 5% GST + PST

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  122. tyanna jNo Gravataron 15 Jun 2011 at 9:57 pm

    hi, i am thinking of purchasing a bicycle in the US on a half days trip, it cost about $100+tx. How much tax/duty will be i charge?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    HST may apply.

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  123. IanNo Gravataron 24 Jun 2011 at 9:43 am

    Hi there. I am interested in buying a used All Terain Vehicle. If it is manufactured in the USA, is there any duty involved bringing it back to Canada?

    Thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    No duty, but other fees apply. Check out http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5048-eng.html

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  124. ShaneNo Gravataron 26 Jun 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I am ordering hardware components through newegg.com for my PC and having them shipped to Michigan where I will be picking it up and crossing over into Ontario. The value of the components all together is about $1500. What numbers am I looking at when I bust out my wallet at customs for duty and tax?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free (as long as all the components to make a computer are there, its basically a computer). But you will have to pay PST/GST, plus you may get hit with Michigan state sales tax – I can’t remember if NEwegg collects MI sales tax – just a heads up. (but you’ll pay that to newegg)

    The good news is you won’t pay the environmental ‘fee’ that you would if you bought within Canada.

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  125. Sandy T.No Gravataron 28 Jun 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Coming back from Canada to the USA, I have heard that you could fill out a form and send in your reciepts you will get either the PST/GST tax money back. Is this true? And if so where do you get the form?
    Thank you.
    Sandy

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    That program was canceled a couple years ago. (Sorry).

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  126. JeffNo Gravataron 29 Jun 2011 at 2:27 am

    I ordered some DVD’s online and paid 60 bucks for them. They arrived today, would have been here sooner if not for the CP strike….I was not here when the package arrived, but, the slip says I owe 80 bucks in duty/taxes? I am a little shocked to find out that I have to pay more for duty/taxes than what I paid for the product. How is this right? I’m considering refusing the package and just cutting my losses, but I’m not sure what my options are?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Can you show me the breakout of how they calculate it? Thats insane.

    usually its + $5 handling fee.

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    JeffNo Gravatar Reply:

    I may have misspoke when I said duty…but, there is no breakdown on the delivery notice that Canada Post put in my mailbox (since I wasn’t home to accept). It just says “Applicable Taxes” and has $80.80 for the amount due. I just assumed it’s duty, never really dealt with something like this before. Perhaps there was a brokerage fee of some sorts as it was mailed from China. Even still, 80 dollars seems rather steep.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    You can file for a refund, but somewhere it shoudl show a breakdown of the calculations – somewhere there is an error as $600 would be closer to what your paying, but if its $60, you should be paying alot less.

    Call the post office for an explanation fo charges.

    JeffNo Gravatar Reply:

    I finally went down and checked into it. It turns out the genius postal employee who dropped the delivery notice off wrote down the weight of the package (in ounces, 80.8) as the charge for duty.

    It clearly states on the EMS label that total weight is 80.80 oz … there is a total charge field directly below that. I guess he/she just made an honest mistake. I ended up not having to pay anything in duty/tax so all is good! Glad I went down, I was going to just let them return it lol! Thanks for your help. :)

  127. MeghanNo Gravataron 02 Jul 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hello,
    I was wondering what the duties would be on a bag made in france but coming from a german store that costs 1700$. Thank you!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Whats it made out of?
    expect at min, to pay HST, and i think 6% Duty

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  128. Sarah KNo Gravataron 02 Jul 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I am purchasing a sewing machine online from the US having it delivered to Point Roberts WA and driving to Vancouver BC with it What taxes and duty will I have to pay

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Do you know where it was made? Expect to pay HST.

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    Sarah KNo Gravatar Reply:

    It is a brother machine machine I assume made in Japan but is is refurbished

    Thanks

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  129. LeonnaNo Gravataron 05 Jul 2011 at 8:11 am

    I am planning to go to Buffalo and do some shopping. Do I need to pay any duty / taxes for handbag which I am going to buy? The handbag is made in US. I am only there for 1 day. Please advise

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    “Maybe” – it will be up to the officers discretion.
    Same day trips are not eligible for relief of duty/GST/PST/HST.

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  130. LesleyNo Gravataron 08 Jul 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I would like to import a few electric motor scooters from china. What are the duties or taxes that need to be paid. Are there any restrictions for these?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please contact a broker, as you are going to have to deal with NRCAN regulations.

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  131. KD1994No Gravataron 09 Jul 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I want to bring a $267 kitchenaid stand mixer into to canada across the border. How much can i expect to pay for the duty on it?
    An answer would be awesome
    Thanks:)

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Made in the US – Duty Free, HST applies.

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  132. David A KellyNo Gravataron 11 Jul 2011 at 12:26 am

    I bought software from a U.S. distributor of an international supplier with head office in the U.K. Price $99.95 with mail delivery of $6.95. Three weeks later I purchased a second item, same supplier and same price, but due to vendor error, it was shipped without my authorization via UPS. Extra charges on top of prepaid mail, $56.84. Detail included $13.05 for CA Customs HST and $4.69 for brokerage/COD HST. Is Canada Post a taxation sieve, or is UPS defrauding an unsuspecting public?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    UPS charges more for doing the same work.
    UPS charges Brokerage, plus financial fees for paying the govt on your behalf.

    Canada post charges $5.00 for brokerage, period

    UPS will always clear customs, and bill you for it (except when its less then $20)

    Canada Post – its hit or miss if they select your package for Duty/Tax.

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  133. David A KellyNo Gravataron 11 Jul 2011 at 4:21 pm

    If I download software from a provider on Internet, does HST apply? Does anyone pay it?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Its a grey area. the old way was, you were supposed to remit it – like you would on a garage sale.

    No one voluntarily sends it in though, but if you buy it from a (canadian) company, they will charge you the GST/or HST.

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  134. BryanNo Gravataron 14 Jul 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I would like to purchase 2 Behringer Speakers from New York for $594.95. What are the duty costs to bring them into canada
    thank you

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  135. MarilynNo Gravataron 16 Jul 2011 at 11:52 am

    I am visiting the US for a week and am buying a Mobility Scooter. USA made and around $3000 Is there any duty or taxes of medical items?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free, HST may apply

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  136. ScottyNo Gravataron 19 Jul 2011 at 8:02 pm

    hi
    I looking to buy golf clubs from the usa made in the usa. The cost is $500 for the clubs. How much duty will i have to pay?
    Thanks alot

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free. HST applies.

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  137. AnoopNo Gravataron 21 Jul 2011 at 2:20 am

    Hi,
    I am trying to find out if there is any duty or tax that is payable if i provide technical assistance to a company in canada for manufacturing landing gear for the refueling aircrafts and i import these landing gears back to america . Thank you :)

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    So, the end result is your importing landing gears, that are made in Canada, into the US.

    Get a nafta, and it will come in Duty free.

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  138. robNo Gravataron 29 Jul 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hey there, just trying figure out how much and what i would have to pay, coming back from a less than 24hr shopping trip to the US on clothing for example ?

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    You’ll have to pay for the duty if applicable and HST (or GST) for all purchases. There’s no personal exemption.

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  139. BillNo Gravataron 01 Aug 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Hi, I am thinking of traveling to Gaylord Michigan to buy a used quad (ATV). The purchase price is $3900.00 U.S. I live in Thunder Bay Ontario CANADA. What is the procedure to follow to make this purchase and what extras in costs can I expect?

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    TanisNo Gravatar Reply:

    be careful when you are importing anything like that that is used, and can be contaminated with soil, you might have problems with that due to cross-contamination with bugs.

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  140. charlieNo Gravataron 06 Aug 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I live in the states but have a cottage in Ontario – I want to purchase a refreigerator made in US and take up to the cottage – will I have to pay duty and or taxes

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free, but have to pay tax on it.

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  141. MelNo Gravataron 06 Aug 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Hi There

    I am considering purchasing 2 kittens from a breeder in the USA. She will ship them to Buffalo and I will pick them up and bring them to Intario. Is there duty and taxes for pets purchased in the USA?

    Thank you!

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  142. MelNo Gravataron 06 Aug 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I am considering purchasing a kitten from a breeder in the USA. The kitten will be shipped to Buffalo, NY. I will have to pick it up at the airport and bring into Ontario. Will there be duty and or taxes on a pet?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Well, duty free. as.. its made in the US (seriously)

    I dont know about HST though.. come to think of it I have never imported a cat. You may want to call the border to see what vet requirements there are.

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  143. JamesNo Gravataron 08 Aug 2011 at 12:39 am

    Hi,Bob,
    I am going to buy used gondola shelving ,from US to BC Canada. It is for my convenience store.
    How much should I pay for tax. Thanks.

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  144. suraNo Gravataron 08 Aug 2011 at 1:22 am

    I would like to start my ebay online store where I will be selling clothes. I am looking to purchase the clothes from the US and have it shipped to me to Calgary alberta. would I be charged any duty or tax fees? my order would be anywhere between 300$ to 500$ including shipping charges.

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  145. suraNo Gravataron 08 Aug 2011 at 1:23 am

    I would like to start my ebay online store where I will be selling clothes. I am looking to purchase the clothes from the US and have it shipped to me to Calgary alberta. would I be charged any duty or tax fees? my order would be anywhere between 300$ to 500$ including shipping charges. Please answer me

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please contact a broker, you will be slaughtered with UPS fees, and if you’re doing volume they can give you a better understanding of how to consolidate things down.

    Clothes are various, from free to 20%..

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  146. cheryl sheffieldNo Gravataron 08 Aug 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I would like to purchase a Weber BBQ worth aprox. $700.00 from the USA and order into Ontario, Canada. Shipping will cost $200.00. Can you tell me what Canadian duty and/or taxes I will have to pay on this please?

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    TanisNo Gravatar Reply:

    You can also do a self-clearance. Have the transportation company move the freight in-bond and once it lands in a bonded warehouse, you can get the paperwork from them and present the paperwork to a CBSA office yourself.

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  147. John RNo Gravataron 11 Aug 2011 at 9:10 am

    If made in the US, Duty Free, but HST applies.

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  148. AaronNo Gravataron 11 Aug 2011 at 6:50 pm

    well, a lot of this stuff is coming from the states but what if its from the UK… im looking to by a pair of flip flops ($30) and a pair of shoes ($80) so a total of $110
    and im wondering what would the duty be (rates sort of thing)
    (and im assuming i will have to pay tax regardless)

    THX!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  149. DanNo Gravataron 15 Aug 2011 at 12:18 am

    I’d like to buy an antique German wood cross from Belgium. What would the various Postal and Customs Services be ?

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    DanNo Gravatar Reply:

    I live in Canada *

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  150. MarieaNo Gravataron 15 Aug 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hi there thanks for answering all the interesting questions. I saw a wood stove question, but it was made in canada, bought in alaska and back to canada, so no duty. I want to buy a wood stove, made in the USA in Montana, and take it back to Calgary. The stove is worth $2000. Would we just pay duty at the border? Can you even bring wood stoves back across? The same exact stove in Canada costs $2800 plus GST….

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty Free, Just GST as its made in the US.

    Yes you can, I just picked one up for our hunting camp.

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  151. MarioNo Gravataron 17 Aug 2011 at 8:13 am

    I want to buy a watch from the US which costs $250 USD. Delivery charge is $35 USD.

    What will the total cost of this watch to deliver to Ontartio? My guess is roughly another $100 extra for all charges making this a $350 purchase. Am I close?

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  152. SaraNo Gravataron 17 Aug 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hi I live in Canada on the Michigan border. I want to buy a US made couch in MI for $799, as the same couch here is $1049. I figure I have to pay the HST either way right? What other charges might there be? Am I paying HST on the MI sales tax also? Is there any advantage to staying over for the 48 hours? Trying to decide if its worth the gas and bridge fare etc.

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  153. John RNo Gravataron 17 Aug 2011 at 10:57 am

    You will pay 799 + MI state tax, plus HST.
    if you stay over 48 hours you can reduce what you pay, as your personal exemption would kick in, and lower the cost.
    (thats if you get pulled into pay – the officer could wave you through).

    Make a weekend of it, and roll the dice.

    As far as HST – you’re paying it anyway, so the difference is only the MI state tax 800+ 6?% = 848 – so you are ahead.

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  154. EdwardNo Gravataron 18 Aug 2011 at 10:27 am

    I have a client interested in the importation of Polypropylene woven bags into the United States – where can I find the acceptable standards of importation for this product, be it rolled or cut. For example I was told that all pallets could not be made of wood and plastic was acceptable, that all products must be accompanies by a Cert. of origin and the breakdown of virgin components vs. non virgin. Can you assist in locating this information.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please call a US broker. “N G JENSEN” and “A N DERRINGER” are the largest of them, and would happy to help with US Customs. (Sorry- I’m a Canadian one only)

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  155. PeterNo Gravataron 18 Aug 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I just imported a Subwoofer speaker that was made in Canada from the US. I had to pay duty despite the fact it is made in Canada. When I asked CBSA why that was, I was told it was because it was exported to the US and brought back. It was considered a new item and was subject to duty. This doesn’t make any sense to me. Can anyone clear up why an item made in Canada would be subject to duty if imported back into Canada? If the person who did up the customs clearance paperwork was wrong, is there a process to adjust this duty charge?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    They screwed up. Is there a marking on it saying MADE IN CANADA? even if it was made in the US, its still duty free.

    But its also subject to sales tax (13% in ontario), regardless of where it is made.

    You can file for a refund of the DUTY – google for “B2 REFUND”.

    Let me know the listing of charges and their breakdowns, and I’ll be happy to go over it.

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    PeterNo Gravatar Reply:

    Looking at the CBSA document, the charges and breakdown is as follows:

    Qty: 1
    Description: stereo/sets
    Class. No.: 8527.99.90.00
    Value for Duty: $1,264.33
    TT: 02
    Rate of Duty: 6.00
    E.T. Rate: 0.00
    GST rate: 5.00
    PST Rate: 0.00
    Duty: $75.86
    Excise Tax: 0.00
    GST: $67.01
    PST: 0.00

    This was imported to Alberta, so no PST.

    I will see about filing a “B2 Refund”

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Let me know if you need help, you should be able to get back the duty, and a smaller portion of the GST.
    (as gst is based on amount + duty)

    let us know how you make out.

  156. NikkiNo Gravataron 20 Aug 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hi,

    I have purchased a clarinet from the USA, cost $150, It is being shipped via USPS, shipping ect was already paid for, I am wondering how much I am going to be charged when it get to me in Alberta canada. I am assuming it is coming in via UPS and not canada post. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    5% GST +

    If USPS -> approx $5 brokerage fee
    if UPS -> alot more – but you’ll have to get the amount from UPS (sorry)

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  157. TrishNo Gravataron 01 Sep 2011 at 6:53 am

    Hello,
    I am thinking of buying a shower tower something like this “AKDY Shower Panel Multi Functions&Tub Faucet P483704″. It will be shipped to a depot in Michigan where I will collect it and bring it back to Canada. The price is around $200, and I am pretty sure it is not made in Canada, USA or Mexico…probably made in China. Am I right in thinking that there is no duty – just HST -because it is classed as a faucet, or is there another classification for shower fittings? It has a pressure balance valve with body jets and rainfall showerhead. Thanks for your help!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    8481.80.00.79 Duty Free

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  158. David W.No Gravataron 01 Sep 2011 at 2:10 pm

    We are exporting a company owned Laptop computer to a remote location for contractor use and it will be sent back. Is there a special HS Code for this? I know the computer being exported would have 8471.30.01.00, but since it is not being sold and being returned when finished, maybe there is a special HS Code needed? Thanks.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Are you in canada, shipping to the US, or in the US shipping to Canada?

    As they are duty free, don’t worry about how to classify it, as no matter what you’ll be paying GST on it again, which you will get back as an input tax credit anyway.

    Let me know which way its going..

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  159. LilyNo Gravataron 01 Sep 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hi, I want to buy some BB Cream on Ebay, where the sellers are from North Korean. They cost about $15 per bottle and I’m going to buy 1-3 bottles. Do I have to pay any fees, and if so, how much and how?
    Thanks!

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    LilyNo Gravatar Reply:

    I’m so sorry! I meant South Korea!!

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  160. deborahNo Gravataron 02 Sep 2011 at 5:43 pm

    HI there,
    I’m wondering what it will cost me to bring 2 wool rugs across the border from NIagara falls new york to canada. They are bought from an american company but were made in india and china respectively, each of them $845 US. Thanks kindly!

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    TiffanyNo Gravatar Reply:

    Did you ever find out about the rugs? I am in the same boat. Thanks!

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  161. ACNo Gravataron 03 Sep 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hi, from the US I purchased a pair of USED Canadian made loudspeakers, any duty and/or HST to pay? Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    USED doesn’t matter, but the Canadian Made does. Expect HST.

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  162. Jennifer KateNo Gravataron 10 Sep 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Good day!

    I’m purchasing a coat (made in India) online from a US company (Anthropologie) and having it shipped to me in Canada. What are the approximate duty costs I should expect to pay, above and beyond the shipping cost?

    Thank you!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    What is the coat made of, is it knitted or woven, mens or womens?
    Expect to pay HST at minimum.

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  163. Lisa JNo Gravataron 12 Sep 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I purchased 3 small rice filled heating pads from a store in Seattle into BC. UPS is calling them ‘Pillows” and charging me $60 duty -is that correct??

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    They are probably charging you for Brokerage, HST, Duty, and a disbursement fee. They should give you a sheet of paper breaking out the charges, if you could list the charges here I can go over them. Thanks.

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  164. Cristo LeoNo Gravataron 13 Sep 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I want to buy a Panasonic 3-handset Phone(us$100) from a Us web site, and go to one of their store to pick up. How much on duty/tax will be charged when i come back through the border? I’m in Quebec.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    QST + GST

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  165. gennadyNo Gravataron 13 Sep 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I left Canada for Russia in 2006 with sea 40′ conteyner where were furniture,arts and other home staff, which were bought in Canada of course, from the house which I have sold.In 2009 I came back to Canada, and I want to bring back all canadien staff which is now in Russia. Will I pay any duties on It and how much? I hold all canadien reciets of purchaces for all items!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    This would be under settlers effects, which is a whole other side of customs. Items returning to canada would be free to bring back. You would only have a problem with items that were purchased within a short time period. Your best bet is to stop into customs, and explain the situation.

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  166. HildaNo Gravataron 14 Sep 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I spend last winter in the USA. Upon return to Canada I declared 200 cigarettes (Marlboro) as part of my exemption. I was required to pay $15.00 so called health tax at the border (crossed into Saskatchewan, but live in Alberta), because they were not Canadian made. Is this new and correct? Never happened before

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    could be a provincial thing.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    That could be a provincial regulation.

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  167. LiviuNo Gravataron 17 Sep 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hi guys.
    I am looking to purchase from the states creams and lotions to re-sell here in canada. what are the taxes I have to pay for such a purchase?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    I would suggest you call a broker, and they can help you out. As this will be commercial, there are some other things to take into account.

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  168. CassNo Gravataron 19 Sep 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hello,

    I am getting a jacket shipped to me from the US to Canada. The cost of it is $260. Their website said when I receive it I will be charged duties/taxes when being delivered. I was hoping you can tell me how much I may be looking at paying when I receive this item. Thank You!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    What kind of jacket, male, female, and where is it made, and how is it being shipped?

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  169. CassNo Gravataron 22 Sep 2011 at 3:23 pm

    This is it: thanks
    http://www.penfieldusa.com/us/rockford-black-3387.html

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  170. BenNo Gravataron 23 Sep 2011 at 6:21 am

    Hi,
    I just bought a North Face jacket online and for some reason the online seller only ships via UPS. I therefore decided instead of giving my Canadian address, give my girlfriend address in NJ. So now she’s gonna send the jacket by USPS. My question is if she removes all the tags is it still considered as a brand new item or it would be better to not do that and simply put the receipt together with the jacket and mention it’s gift or so?
    The jacket cost me 125$.
    Thank you in advance.

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    If your girlfriend specify the value being under CA$20, there will be no duty or tax.

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  171. DavidNo Gravataron 23 Sep 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am interested in buying a heat pump with split heads made by mitsubishi from a dealer in the states what rate of duty would I have to pay the units are about 4500.00 US> thanks david

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  172. JeffNo Gravataron 23 Sep 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Looking at purchasing Kitchen Cabinets from Cabinet to Go in the US and getting them shipped to ON. They say the cost to ship and Brokerage fees will be $750 on an order of $4200. Wondering if it might be cheaper to go pick them up and bring them across the border myself and just pay the HST But I don’t know what the duty would be. Not sure where they are made I would hope the US but like everything else these days may be China

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Cheaper is relative. How much is your time /gas to go and pick them up?

    Of the $750, you’re only saving the brokerage portion, and the shipping. If you figure that HST alone on the $4200 is $546, shipping is $200 the brokerage you’re paying is only $4.00

    If you’re close (like you live in windsor, and they are in detroit), it looks to be worth it to save the shipping. If your say Toronto – forget it. the gas alone kills the idea.

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  173. SharonNo Gravataron 29 Sep 2011 at 9:54 am

    We purchased an item made in Germany, Converted it here in the US and now need to ship into Canada. What paperwork is needed? Nafta? Commercial Invoice? Thank you

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    What is the item?
    You can’t use the nafta, as its not made in the US.

    To ship it to canada, I’d need to know what it is. At least, a Commercial Invoice.

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  174. sabaNo Gravataron 01 Oct 2011 at 10:53 am

    Hi,
    If I buy a cricut machine(scrapbooking and card making die cutting machine) from ebay and shipped to Canada for less than $80 how much duties would I have to pay. The suggested retail price for new machine is $399. Would I have to pay the duties on the price I paid or the suggested retail price?

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  175. TLONo Gravataron 01 Oct 2011 at 6:33 pm

    We are based in Canada interested in purchasing a wooden bed frame in US (manufactored in Indonesia) for price of $1843.00 wondering what duty’s would be, plus taxes. We can get same one in Canada for $2340 and wanted to compare savings if any by ordering via US?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Do you know what kind of wood it is made from?

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    TLONo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes, it is made out of rubberwood.

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  176. arturNo Gravataron 02 Oct 2011 at 11:47 am

    ordering kitchen cabinets from USA originally made in China
    what is the duty on this the cabinets are worth a total of 3500

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  177. GregNo Gravataron 04 Oct 2011 at 9:03 am

    What taxes are due on rough lumber imported from US/Mexico into Canada?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free, but CFIA requirements are in place for importing wood into Canada. Please contact CFIA for the requirements to bring in wood.

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  178. ShawnNo Gravataron 04 Oct 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for the great site. Very helpful. I am going to Indonesia for a couple of months and am going to ship back to Canada about $10,000 worth of teak wood furniture and some jewelry and masks and stone sculptures worth $1000. What duty would I need to pay? Would it be possible for me to say it is all for my personal use?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If you claim it commercially, you would be subject to GST. If you claim it personally, while you will get your exemption, you will also have to pay PST (or the full HST).

    If its commercial, the GST is a wash, as you would claim it back as an input tax credit.

    I would strongly recommend you call a freight forwarder. The duties are nothing compared to the container and shipping charges, port handling etc. you will run into.

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  179. JamesNo Gravataron 07 Oct 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Hi, If i order eyeglasses online how much duty would i have to pay? US online store, glasses hand made in italy, price around $500 and i live in toronto. thanks.

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  180. JohnNo Gravataron 10 Oct 2011 at 12:58 am

    Just wondering what duty would be on an engine. It’s a old beetle engine which is Germen but has been rebuilt in the US, value $2000.
    Thanks

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  181. PaulNo Gravataron 11 Oct 2011 at 11:44 am

    Hi, I’m buying online 1pcs of dress and 1 shoes (boots) from china. Do I have to pay duty? Thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes.

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  182. PaulNo Gravataron 11 Oct 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Hi, I’m buying online 1pcs of dress and 1 shoes (boots) from china. Do I have to pay duty? Thanks for the reply.

    What is the duty rate? thanks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes. What are they made of?

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  183. LexyNo Gravataron 13 Oct 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hi there,
    First of all, thanks for taking all these questions and comments! I think you have helped a lot of people out there!
    I am curious as to why I have to pay GST/HST on a horse I buy in the US (show horse/pet). If I purchased a horse in Canada I would only pay HST if it were sold by a business, that would have to collect and pay HST. If sold by a person then it would be HST exempt. Why regardless of who I purchase from in the US do I have to pay HST when I bring my new horse home across the border?
    thanks!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Think of it as a yard sale. when you buy from a yardsale, you don’t have to pay taxes. But (oddly enough) legally, the person is supposed to collect taxes and remit to the government bodies. (But no one does).

    Since you hit the border, you’re dealing with the gov’t directly, and sadly, that is why you have to pay, regardless of it being new, used, from a company or individual.

    As for the horse though, you could claim it as meat and get an exemption… but as a full live breathing creature, there is HST on it.

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  184. DavidNo Gravataron 14 Oct 2011 at 5:54 am

    I am planning to drive to Buffalo to pick up a 2nd-hand drum kit (manufactured in the US in the 1960s) and return to Canada the same day. According to the customs tariff schedule XVIII-9206, there is no duty. Will I have to pay HST?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    And because its made in the US, you won’t pay duty.
    Yes to the HST though.

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  185. LynnSNo Gravataron 14 Oct 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I want to purchase a dozen small glass fish from a seller in Thailand. What kind of duty or taxes should I expect to pay and how much would it be approximately?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Can you tell me more about the fish, are theyjust decoration?
    HST applies for sure, Ill check on duty if you can tell me more about the fish.

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    LynnSNo Gravatar Reply:

    These fish are hand painted, blown glass figurines. Yes, they are just decoration. They are quite small 2 – 2 1/2 inches in height or length. A set of twelve fish runs about $36.99 CDN.

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  186. ChrisNo Gravataron 14 Oct 2011 at 7:48 pm

    If i buy a $1100 dollar gaming computer online from an american company (located in america) and it is crossing the border to canada will it cost any tax?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    PST/GST or HST. Duty free.

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  187. BlackberryBoyNo Gravataron 14 Oct 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Hi there,

    Why would you pay duty on a Blackberry that was MADE in Canada!? I’m very confused… At the most all you are doing is re-importing it No? Why would you have to pay duty on it if you buy it in USA and bring it back to Canada?

    Please explain — I am waiting.

    Thanks.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Glad to see you’re waiting. Remember that we are volunteers here, and we have lives.

    Blackberry’s aren’t made in canada. Open up your blackberry, and look at the stamp.

    If it was made in Canada – which its not – you just need a nafta form as proof that the vendor states it is made in canada (for commercial) for personal, customs will accept the stamp on the device. The blackberry is not stamped made in canada.

    Why do you think you have to pay duty on it? Are you sure you’re not meaning Taxes?

    Please look at your blackberry, see the country of origin, and find out if your paying Duty or HST.

    I am waiting.

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  188. LisaNo Gravataron 17 Oct 2011 at 8:35 am

    Was wondering what the duty would be on an internet order of a cuckoo clock coming to Canada from Germany?

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  189. SuryaNo Gravataron 21 Oct 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hello, I am now in Edmonton, AB. I have one laptop with me here, which i want to mail it to USA – Utah. Its a used laptop bought in 2007 in London, Made in China. I have got no bills.
    Do receiver in USA have to pay any taxes for it or not ?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Shipping to the US is a nightmare, your best bet is to ship it UPS, and have the purchaser deal with customs. If its personal, and under $200 (IIRC) they get it free.

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  190. saraNo Gravataron 22 Oct 2011 at 12:59 am

    Hi i would to by a children clothing from the liquidation in us on an internet order it cost $400 can can someone help me and tell me what the duty would be to Canada from us?

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  191. SuryaNo Gravataron 23 Oct 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Yes its a personal and used laptop, well how can we say a used laptop cost how much, postal charge seems to be around 30-35 $ but I am not quite sure about coustom /duty / taxes that my receiver at US has to pay.. do you have any idea how much they might charge at US custom office or do not charge If I post laptop from Canada post to USA?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    No clue, sorry, I only deal with Canada Imports. As long as the value is under $200, then it should be imported free into the US.

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  192. sabaNo Gravataron 24 Oct 2011 at 11:01 am

    Hi,
    If I buy a cricut machine(scrapbooking and card making die cutting machine) from ebay and shipped to Canada for less than $80 how much duties would I have to pay. The suggested retail price for new machine is $399. Would I have to pay the duties on the price I paid or the suggested retail price? This is the second time I am asking this question. Still looking for the answer.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Cricut machines are duty free. HST Applies. You pay on what you pay for it – within reason. (If customs doesn’t believe you paid $10 for a mink coat with studded diamonds, they can assess a proper value). Keep your receipt.

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  193. Mark MNo Gravataron 24 Oct 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hi. What would the duty and taxes be on a New Motorcycle shock purchased in US and shipped to Canada with US parcel post?

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  194. NatalyNo Gravataron 25 Oct 2011 at 1:49 am

    Hello,
    I live in Vancouver, Canada. I ordered a cotton dress from UK, but they sent me wrong size, so I returned it back and ordered the same dress but different size. Today when I got my parcel, Canada Post charged me $73 CAN (duty+HST+handling fee). But I’m wondering why I have to pay anything if I didn’t pay last time and this is exactly same dress… I want to get a refund from CBSA is that last time I didn’t pay anything at all and right now because I have changed it for a different size I have to pay those money! Also, I have a receipt from post office that I sent this item back to UK (when I sent it for exchange I keep my receipt), would it be helpful to get a refund?
    thank you in advance and please answer me!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Your package wasn’t selected last time. (with canada post, its kinda random). Think of yourself as lucky, otherwise you would have paid the first time, the second time, then filed for a refund, and have to wait 6-8 weeks for your money.
    At the end of the day, you came out even.

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  195. RayNo Gravataron 25 Oct 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Hi
    I live in the Lower Mainland and plan to purchase the following tires for my car: Michelin – Primacy MXV4 at Costco in Bellingham. Cost $122.99 verses $149.99 in Vancouver. How much HST and Duty will I pay for the tires at the border? Is it based in the total cost (include installation fees & State taxes) or just on the cost of the tires? Thank you in advance for your help.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Technically, you’re improving your car, so they can assess it on the value that your bill was, including installation, and state taxes. IIRC the duty on it is 7% if they aren’t made in the US.

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  196. GaryNo Gravataron 27 Oct 2011 at 4:43 am

    Would I get charged if I want to bring a bicycle (for personal use) into Canada from a Southeast Asian country?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Generically – yes. Anything you import is (normally) subject to duty/taxes.

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  197. PaulaNo Gravataron 29 Oct 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I want buy 4 winter tires and rims and return the same day from the States to Quebec. What can I expect to pay in duty and taxes?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If made in the USA, GST/QST

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  198. GabyNo Gravataron 30 Oct 2011 at 1:24 am

    Hi, I live in toronto, ON and i want to go to the black friday on nov 25th to buffalo,NY I’m just going for the day and then come back , like how much would i get charged if i buy a lot of clothes, shoes, some electronics, and stuff like that??

    Thank You! (:

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  199. RachelNo Gravataron 31 Oct 2011 at 11:44 am

    I would like to bring $6000.00 worth of kitchenaid appliances to Canada from the US- How much in duties and taxes would I have to pay?

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If you can send me a sample mixer… ;)

    Made in the USA – Duty Free, but HST applies (GST if commercial).

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  200. veraNo Gravataron 01 Nov 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’m ordering a air compressor dough gun for my cookies from Denmark to Toronto, its costing me $ 450 CAD, can you please tell me how much duties i’m paying, of course not including taxes? Regards. Vera

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Can you fill me in on what the machine is, and what its function is?

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  201. veraNo Gravataron 02 Nov 2011 at 8:39 am

    Its basicly a air compressed gun, sort of like a caulking gun you fill with dough as a cookie presser. Thank you

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Plastic or Metal?

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    veraNo Gravatar Reply:

    metal

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  202. MadelineNo Gravataron 02 Nov 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I live in Ontario Canada, and bought 4 dresses(bridesmaid)from a minneapolis company for approximately $700 CAD total. They say they make the dresses in a U.S. factory. How much would the duty be?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty Free, HST applies (13%)
    How are they shipping.

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    MadelineNo Gravatar Reply:

    They are shipping by UPS postal, grounds shipping.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    USPS (US Post to Canada Post)
    or UPS (Guys in brown shorts?)

    if sent via mail -brokerage fee $5
    if sent using UPS -brokerage is alot more, consider clearing it yourself if you live in a city that has a customs office.

    MadelineNo Gravatar Reply:

    Definantly brown shorts :) UPS worldwide expedited/tracking capability(to be exact).

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Ok, Duty free, HST applies. call UPS, give them your tracking number, tell them you will clear it yourself, and for them to email you a copy of hte manifest.
    Take the manifest with a copy of your invoice for the dresses, and goto customs. Pay the (about $100 in HST) and then fax back what customs gives you to UPS.

    Good Luck!
    (and congrats)

  203. Lester CNo Gravataron 07 Nov 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hi, I ordered a leather jacket that was shipped from the UK

    The jacket cost me $230CAD and I was billed $103 for duties. I was looking into getting a re-assessment because $103 is absolutely to much for me to pay on duties. What are the chances of getting some money back? And what if I just return the item to the company, would I get my money back? Because the whole point I bought it was because it would be cheaper at the 230$, at $330 I might as well have not gotten it.

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    Lester CNo Gravatar Reply:

    Also I really don’t understand how $230 comes up to $103 in duties. Thats almost 50%!!

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  204. Lester CNo Gravataron 07 Nov 2011 at 6:54 pm

    In addition to the post above – I came home and looked at the customs form attached and the original custom declaration from the company I ordered from.

    The item was on sale from 175pounds to 140 pounds. On the package it was shown as 175 pounds. Can I dispute the fact that I paid 140 pounds? I have the invoice. Also the item was a leather jacket, I read somewhere that leather is subject to 13% vs the 18% I got charged?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please post the breakdown in charges.
    You should only have paid duty (and hst)based on the 140 pound purchase.
    The vendor listed the insured amount as 175, and thats what the courier used to calculate duty, tax, and their fee.

    You didn’t pay $103 in duties, but paid that for
    duty – hst – and broker related charges.

    Duty rates change, they change all the time.

    If you can post the amounts the courier used to charge you, and what province you’re in, I can explain them to you.

    Remember – you can always clear customs yourself. Saves most of those charges.

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    Lester CNo Gravatar Reply:

    I was charged 51$ for duty and 43$ tax and 8.50 handling fee.
    Duty rate was 18%.

    How does one clear customs themselves

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    You call the carrier, prior to the goods arriving, or when the goods arrive, you tell the carrier that you will clear it. They will email /fax you a copy of a manifest. You drive to customs (local to you) and present them the manifest, and a copy of your bill for the goods. they will tell you what you owe. You pay them the Duty/Tax and they will stamp your manifest, and you fax that back to the carrier, and then your product gets delivered.
    8.50 to clear is cheap – think of the gas you would have spent, and your time.
    Call the carrier, and let them know the price they used was wrong, they can adjust it as long as its with a time period. Otherwise you can file a refund with CBSA (customs). to get back a portion of what you paid.

    If you return the goods, you can claim back the duty/tax but not the 8.50. (but carriers someti,es will credit you back.. but how much will it cost to ship it back?

    Lester CNo Gravatar Reply:

    It came with Canada Post… I will be trying to mail the CBSA with my new price. Hopefully I get the a portion back

    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/postal-postale/dispute-contestation-eng.html

    Check that out.
    Can you tell me what HS Number they used – it will be in the format of xxxx.xx.xx.xx

  205. Shannon kohlmanNo Gravataron 08 Nov 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I am purchasing organic cotton mattress protectors from the US and shipping them into Canada. They were manufactured in Germany. I have searched endlessly through the files and can’t figure out if there is duty and how much. Thanks

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  206. RobertNo Gravataron 10 Nov 2011 at 2:52 am

    I wrote a book and want to have it printed and binded in the U.S. There will be 500 or, depending on duty costs, 1000 copies of the book to bring back to B.C. in my vehicle. What will the duties and/or taxes going to be and do I have to fill out any forms before I go get them?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If made in the US – Duty Free. HST applies.
    If you bring them in commercially, only GST, which you would get back as an ITC.
    So.. net is nothing… if commercial.
    If you are going to declare as personal, HST applies.
    You won’t need to fill out forms to get them, to bring them back, a copy of the invoice, customs will help you to prepare the paperwork when you return. It will be a longer process on the commercial side, then the personal side, but less initial cash outlay.
    Are you doing this commercially, or just taking a stab at it? Do you file for HST currently?

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    RobertNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi, and thanks for your time and help. This is my first book. I created a publishing company last year but don’t have an GST/HST number or haven’t filed taxes for it yet. Do you think I should go the commercial route? The total price that I’d be paying for 500 books is $5300 for 1000 it would be around $8000.

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    RobertNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi, and thanks for your time and help. This is my first book. I created a publishing company last year but don’t have an GST/HST number or haven’t filed taxes for it yet. Do you think I should go the commercial route? The total price that I’d be paying for 500 books is $5300 for 1000 it would be around $8000

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    I would register for the GST/HST. There are significant savings to be had. Talk to your bookeeper / accountant to get more details, but yes, definitely get registered.

    Even if you go through as personal, with that volume they will probably push you to commercial anyway.

  207. Shane MNo Gravataron 14 Nov 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I want to buy some bike wheels from an UK online store. The wheels are made in the USA so will duty be charged? They are about 1800$ Cdn. What is the duty if I am charged?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Get a nafta from the manufacturer. I will have to check to see if you can claim nafta if you buy them from the UK. Some countries, they won’t allow you to claim Nafta (thereby duty free) when it doesn’t come from the original country.
    Can you tell me more about them, or a link to them?

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    Shane MNo Gravatar Reply:

    The bike wheels are Zipp wheels (www.zipp.com) and the online store is http://www.wiggle.co.uk. I have used the site many times and I average about 1/3 of the time getting hit with duty fees.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Should be duty free, provided you can get nafta from the manufacturer. If you can post the details of a previous shipment to ensure it wasn’t HST and Handling you paid.
    Thanks

  208. Mike AlonzoNo Gravataron 17 Nov 2011 at 8:06 am

    Hello,
    I’m considering purchasing a USA made Gibson guitar from the UK and having it shipped to me in Ontario Canada. Can you tell me the duties and taxes I’d have to pay? The guitar is 1000 pounds and shipping is 130 pounds.
    Thanks very much!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free, HST applies.

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  209. johnNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2011 at 12:29 pm

    OK i think i have to post again. hey john, recently my partner and i start a business in Canada. we do clothing industry which is importing clothes to Canada. well, the thing is we do not have real store in canada, we only do on line ordering which is e commerce. wondering how much cost will occur at custom. for example, customer ordered 30 dollar value good in whole cotton. how do i calculate the additional cost that will be applied when customer get the shipment.?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    are you drop shipping direct from china to your end user, or are you taking it into canada, then reshipping? There are logistics issues that you should consult a broker as your situation is (a) commercial and (b) unique. I would need to know more information then you can post on here in order to help you.

    Are you ordering in stock, then reshipping?
    Are you drop shipping?
    Who’s the importer of record?

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    johnNo Gravatar Reply:

    yes we are shipping directly from china to end users. its like B to C models. the importer should be our company. canada based

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    johnNo Gravatar Reply:

    john???

    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Sorry, I can’t help troubleshoot your business model. Please call a broker.

  210. mariahNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2011 at 1:38 pm

    i am shipping a 105.00$ dress from beijing to canada, how much would that cost?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    depending on material, upwards to 18% + HST.

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    johnNo Gravatar Reply:

    hey john did you see my question?

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  211. LalalarissaNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Hello I ordered $118 of clothing off of karmaloop.com and I was just wondering how much customs would cost when I come to pick it up at the post office?
    Also, is it based on the ORIGINAL price of all the clothing and shipping or the price I paid (there was a promotion on and all the clothing I choose to purchase was on sale)

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  212. LalalarissaNo Gravataron 18 Nov 2011 at 10:10 pm

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
    I also live in Canada and I am pretty sure the clothing is coming from the USA

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    depends on the clothing, and where its made, you could be paying upwards of 18% duty + HST + $5 brokerage fee.

    price should be based on $118 (minus shipping)

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  213. TiffanyNo Gravataron 22 Nov 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hi there,

    What can I expect to pay on a Wool Hand woven Shag Rug made in India. Price $280. Picking up in Buffalo and driving it back to Canada.

    Thanks!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    12.5% DUTY + HST

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  214. BrendanNo Gravataron 25 Nov 2011 at 12:25 am

    First off this site is amazing, I would like to Thank John and Custom Info for all their help. It took me nearly 3 months to find this site. (pssstt I was really looking hard enough I guess, been busy with work)

    How much is duty on $150 tablet sent from China to Canada?
    Do I pay HST?
    Any other charges? Broker fees, etc.

    Can I just ship from China as a gift for $50 and call it a digital picture frame? lol

    Any recommendations John?

    I plan to drop ship B2C to Canada from China but I would like to inform my clients of their expected payments.

    BTW, I am in Shenzhen, China looking to help people with sourcing, purchasing, drop shipping, etc.

    Hit me up if you require any assistance brendan.w.oneill@gmail.com

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty Free
    You will pay HST
    Brokerage fee will be dependant on how its shipped. Canada post is the cheapest, but slowest. DHL is the fastest and cheapest ($7 for this item).
    Gifts can’t come from a commercial entity.
    Picture frames are duty free as well :)

    There is a way for you to ship it to their door, and just bundle in the HST /brokerage in your price, Ill email you details.

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  215. LaraNo Gravataron 25 Nov 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I am planning on purchasing from the US and bringing into Canada a Bosch Universal Plus mixer. I was wondering if there is any duty on this item. I was also wondering if it would need to be CSA approved to bring it across the border. Thank you for your time.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Commercially – it should have, but if your bringing it across personally, they rarely look into it.
    IIRC – duty free, HST applies. Im pretty sure it is duty free – I can’t check at the moment though.

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  216. RickNo Gravataron 26 Nov 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I want to order a DVD Navigation system for my car directly from China (live in SK). The value is $450, the shipping is $60 via courier. Would I pay any duty on this?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    No, HST or PST/GST applies, plus brokerage fee from the carrier.

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  217. bwNo Gravataron 28 Nov 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Looking to buy a watch online. budget is $1500. Believe it will be shipped from NY. I live in Calgary AB. Does the duty depend on where the watch was made? Is there a standard duty for watches? Any other charges?
    Thanks very much.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty depends on what kind of watch it is, composition, and where its made.

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  218. GregNo Gravataron 29 Nov 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Is there duty on power tools from US to Canada? (ie. Dewalt)

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  219. DylanNo Gravataron 01 Dec 2011 at 9:53 pm

    What would the duty be on a pack of 50 power energy bands for $50 shipping from China to Canada B.C?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Depending on composition, up to 18% duty, plus HST.

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  220. LucyNo Gravataron 07 Dec 2011 at 9:07 am

    Hi, I’m looking into a friend bringing me 4 dresses over from Canada to the UK. The dresses are worth $920 (canadian dollars) what would my friend have to do at customs to declare these items?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Nothing when they are leaving Canada. No idea when they hit the UK. (sorry)

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  221. Terence HagenNo Gravataron 07 Dec 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hi
    I live in Calgary. We are starting construction on a new home in Creston, BC.
    What duties would I have to pay on an icf wall system, residential windows, and kitchen cabinets all manufactured in the USA. Idaho, and washington state.
    Thnaks

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free if made in the us.
    If you clear in Alberta – for Alberta consumption – GST only
    if you clear in BC – for BC consumption (which this is) – HST – maybe.. it gets iffy as you are a resident of one province, but the goods are going to be left in another province.
    Plan on HST, but don’t be surprised if they only want GST if you cross in BC.

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  222. AntisNo Gravataron 10 Dec 2011 at 1:29 pm

    i, i just bought two pairs of shoes from Steve Madden, they came out to be around 250.00, do you know how much customs/duty charges will be applied. I live in Ontario

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  223. aidaNo Gravataron 11 Dec 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Hi , i want to buy watch which is priced at 400$ but im only paying 200$ ( teambuy promotion) and the actual price was 995$ it is coming from US how much duty do i have to pay?

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    aidaNo Gravatar Reply:

    i live in ontario -toronto

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty will be based on $200.
    Where is it made, what is it made out of.
    Expect at min, HST against the $200

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  224. asnizaNo Gravataron 14 Dec 2011 at 11:08 pm

    if i want send bicycle (tariff code :871200100) and industrial chain (731511920)from Malaysia to Canada. can i know the duty import %? and is there any exemption for duty import?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    8712.00.00 Bicycles and other cycles (including delivery tricycles), not motorized. 13% CCCT, LDCT, UST, MT,
    MUST, CIAT, CT, CRT,
    IT, NT, SLT, PT,
    COLT: Free
    GPT: 8.5%

    7315.11.00 – -Roller chain Free CCCT, LDCT, GPT, UST,
    MT, MUST, CIAT, CT,
    CRT, IT, NT, SLT, PT,
    COLT: Free

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    asnizaNo Gravatar Reply:

    how about if send the above thing from china to canada?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    same, 13% and free

  225. AndrewNo Gravataron 15 Dec 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I see some speakers for $1099 at best buy in the USA, how much would it be for me to cross the border and buy the speakers in Buffalo, and then come back to Ontario, how much duty would I have to pay? The speakers are made in the UK.

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  226. asnizaNo Gravataron 16 Dec 2011 at 4:06 am

    heard for bicycle import from China to Canada got anti dumpting

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  227. PeterNo Gravataron 16 Dec 2011 at 11:34 am

    Hi,
    I’m going to buy a Yamaha electric violin($usd 500) from US and shipping to CANADA, how much I have to pay for the duty.
    Thanks
    Peter

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  228. AnneNo Gravataron 22 Dec 2011 at 9:45 am

    Am going to the US for 4 months and want to take my sewing machine and serger with me and will be returning with them to Canada. I purchased both in the last 12 months but no longer have receipts. Will I have a problem doing so?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    before you go to the US, stop in at your local customs office, and ask for a GREEN CARD for your machines. They will record that the machines were here in canada, and will record the serial numbers so when you come back, you just show them the card, and you won’t have a hassle coming back.

    Good Luck.

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  229. MIGONo Gravataron 24 Dec 2011 at 8:07 am

    Hi There,

    I am going to buy from website on the net an electric powered pressure washer Model AR630 hot its price is $700 USD ,60 pounds from US to Canada and the shipping fees is $85 to Vancouver Canada so please could you tel me how much the duty fees + HST for this product.

    Thank you so much
    MIGO

    Thanks

    Morgan

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  230. joeNo Gravataron 24 Dec 2011 at 1:25 pm

    if i buy an item online from the US, do I have to pay both the Canadian taxes AND duty on these items. I wanted to purchase something in the States from an online store, it was 15 dollars retail, however, with shipping 20 dollars us, plus taxes plus duty this item was close to 50 dollars? Is this correct?
    Thanks

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    BoBNo Gravatar Reply:

    If the item is under CA$20, it’s exempted from both duty and tax. Otherwise, you’ll pay US tax, + Canadian duty and tax, and potentially brokerage fee.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Are you shipping it straight to a Canadian address? If so, they won’t charge you state sales tax. If you are ordering and picking it up from the US, or if you are shipping it within the US, then they will charge you the state sales tax, whereever you pick it up/ship it to.

    Your item that’s $15, as long as its not prohibitive or exempt goods (can you tell us what it is), would be brought in Duty/Tax free, as its under the $20 mark.

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  231. MIGONo Gravataron 27 Dec 2011 at 2:04 am

    Hi There,

    I am planning to buy an electric powered pressure washer Model AR630 hot. I will buy it from the a website.Its price is $700, It’s weight is 60 pounds from US to Canada and the shipping fee is $85 by UPS standard to Vancouver Canada so please could you tell me how much the duty fees + HST for this product.

    Thank you so much

    MIGO

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  232. BhaveshNo Gravataron 28 Dec 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Hi:

    As there is a big difference in prices, I am looking to buy an kitchen appliances (gas cooktop, kitchecn hood, microwave/own built in combo) all made by KitchenAid from Sears in the US. The total value of all the goods will be some where $6K. Do I have to pay duty if I bring all these appliances to Canada? To save some bucks, I can bring each item individually, wheneven I go in US and stay for say 2-3 days in each visit. Will that make some difference in duty payment?

    Thanks.

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  233. graham stuartNo Gravataron 29 Dec 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I am having a guitar amplifier hand made for me by Valvetech amps in Indiana USA. The cost excluding shipping is $1400.00 USD. The cabinet is hand made, the wiring is all hand done PTP, the speaker is made by an American Company (weber) What paperwork do I need from the amp builder Rob Pierce, to ensure that my amp qualifies to be duty free- as it will be designed, handmade, handwired, hand covered all by him before sending it to me?

    Graham

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Nafta certificate of origin, you can google for a blank form.

    You’ll end up paying HST, but it will be duty free.

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  234. JillNo Gravataron 31 Dec 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Could you please let me know how much duty I will pay on 4 tires imported from California to Canada? They are used and include rims. The tires are made in Brazil, rims in China.

    Thank you.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please call your local customs on this one, there is an issue with importing used tires, for some reason that seems to be port specific. (but it shouldn’t be)

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    JillNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thank you very much!

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  235. bonnieNo Gravataron 03 Jan 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I want to have a paint booth shipped to me in canada I was wondering what the fees would be. The price of the time is 9000.00

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  236. ChrisNo Gravataron 05 Jan 2012 at 1:27 am

    Would there be any duty on Monitor Audio speakers imported from the US, they are manufactured in the UK

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  237. khayNo Gravataron 06 Jan 2012 at 12:15 am

    I am going to purchase a 2008 Toyota Tundra engine for $1500. Does anyone know how much I would need to pay for duty fees? Thanks.

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  238. prabNo Gravataron 09 Jan 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I wanna buy a VIZO TV cost is 1299. i will be in the states from monday to saturday. wanna know what the duty would be on that.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free, HST applies. Drive Safe.

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  239. lisaNo Gravataron 09 Jan 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I am buying prehung oak doors, oak bifold closet doors, oak door (no frame) and sliding mirror doors. Also oak veneer door jam/headers, particle board subfloor/underlay. I am planning to pick them up and return to MB, Canada. I will be in the US for 6 hours maximum. Will I be charged duty? PST?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Where are they made? In case of USA – then PST/GST applies.

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    lisaNo Gravatar Reply:

    I am not sure where they are made. I have received conflicting information: made in USA vs door made in China but then put together in USA. Thank you for your input!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    if you are driving down to pick it up, customs won’t care and will just make it all as ‘made in usa’ so, with that in mind, expect to pay pst/gst.

    if you are having it shipped up, I can do some more digging.

  240. steveNo Gravataron 13 Jan 2012 at 2:37 pm

    thinking about buying a brand new atv in atv washington anyidea how much duty would be thanx

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty free if made in the US. but RIV procedures have extra fees

    http://www.riv.ca

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  241. sandrineNo Gravataron 13 Jan 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I would like to buy a coat from farfetch.com a UK company. The store the coat comes from is in italy. the item is 881 euros
    they claim the vat is 184 euros but that once shipped they cannot know the cost of the duties. Do you have any idea the cost? Thanks

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    MaryNo Gravatar Reply:

    hi, i bought a watch in US and when crossed the border, paid duty (not made in north america) and HST (Ontario). i am taking this watch to china as a gift. when i cross the border from canada to china, can i get the refund of the duty and hst that i paid? if i can, where do i go and what do i do to claim it?

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  242. Bobby NNo Gravataron 15 Jan 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hi. I am buying a fake pair of headphones from China to Canada. The real ones cost (MSRP) 200$. The fake headphones I’m buying cost 90$. Will I have to pay tax for 200$ or for the price I bought them (90$) ? Thanks ! (Sorry for my English)

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    $90

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  243. RickNo Gravataron 17 Jan 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hi, just had to say that people like you, who offer advice online are life savers to those of us who know next to nothing… :)

    That being said… I am in Manitoba and want to order a Crown power amplifier from California. The unit is stamped “made in USA” and is sold for 1999.00 with an MSRP of 3998.00. Any ideas on how much I would pay for this unit to clear?

    Thank you,
    Rick

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    actually, we’re here for the free popcorn.. which I haven’t seen yet… oh well, if you’re near winnipeg, stop off at the BDI and get me a goog :)

    Ok, Made in the US, so duty free, and just PST/GST will apply, against the $1999.00

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    RickNo Gravatar Reply:

    Not a very big line up at BDI right now, but I might have to wait a while for service, lol

    Thanks for the info

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  244. MatthewNo Gravataron 17 Jan 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for this article and all the advice :)

    I am looking to purchase a Benchmade Triage 915 knife which are made in the US (though I am not sure if the people at customs will know this)

    http://www.knifeworks.com/benchmade915triagetripleutilityn680bladesteelblackg10handlesplainedge-2-1-1-1-1.aspx

    What additional fees will I be charged when it arrives at my door?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Sweet!

    HST/or PST/GST. Brokerage fees apply if using a carrier (various rates from $5 up to first born child).

    How was it shipping?

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    MatthewNo Gravatar Reply:

    They only ship using US Postal Express Mail International Service for about $33. I am in Toronto, Ontario if that makes any difference.

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  245. CareyNo Gravataron 20 Jan 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for the info in the article. My questions are about collectables, specifically comic books. (1) It’s difficult to find the proper Classification Number for a comic book. Can you provide a link or number or an idea where to find (believe me, I searched)? (2) Since most North American comic books are printed/manufactured in the USA, are they not exempt? (3) Is there any distinction as it relates to tariffs between a new comic worth two dollars and one that is valued at two thousand dollars?

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    CareyNo Gravatar Reply:

    Found my answer:

    4911999000 – Printed Matter
    4901990091 – Books

    Duty is Zero, GST and Brokerage applies.

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  246. CindyNo Gravataron 21 Jan 2012 at 4:03 am

    Hi John,

    You are a blessing.. with such diversified knowledge helping everyone.

    I am starting a shoe and bag store in Vancouver and looking to import out of hongkong, china and india.

    What sort of duties i would be paying on shoes and bags ? Most items are in rexine / artificial leather or fabric (like satin or brocade)

    Also what is the duties on womens dress from china and also from india ?

    Your reply will be much appreciated.
    Thanks a bunch – Cindy

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  247. AliciaNo Gravataron 21 Jan 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Hi I am a B.C. resident who wants to purchase a puppy in Bellingham within the next 2 weeks. I have looked everywhere but cannot find an answer? What tax is applicable to bring a puppy into BC? Other then a health certificate is anything else required? Thank you in advance for your help. Much appreciated!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Probably HST (Duty free), but different provinces have different rules of sales tax for live animals. If you would pay HST at the pet store, you’d pay it here.

    Most provinces allow pets with proper vet vaccination certificates.

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  248. patNo Gravataron 06 Feb 2012 at 4:26 am

    What about jewelry? What is the duty for silver jewelry? I want to buy about 6 pieces of jewelry totalling about $120. If I ship them seperately they are under $20 each but they cost me $6.95 per package (total $35.65). If I have them shipped in one package it will cost me $17. Is it cheaper to have them sent seperately..How much would customs, duty and taxes cost me?

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  249. JayneNo Gravataron 09 Feb 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Hi, I plan to visit the USA to pick up a bunch (maybe 20) boxes of old doll parts, and bring them back into Canada. Will there be any problem in declaring them and paying the taxes (parts appear to be duty free) Is a receipt from the seller all that I will require?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Correct. A good legible receipt.

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    JayneNo Gravatar Reply:

    great does it matter if they are for personal use or if I try to resell (ebay , online etc.)

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    If its coming over for personal use. Customs is friendly, and will bring it in duty free, and just pay the HST.. if they pull you in at all.

    If its coming over for commercial, they aren’t as friendly, you have to report to the commercial stream, break down the countries of origin for the parts, and take even more time sitting in customs…

    so.. these are personal right?

  250. Meagan SNo Gravataron 15 Feb 2012 at 11:17 am

    I want to purchase a double stroller on ebay for $630 and have it shipped to Canada, Ontario, but I was just wondering how much duty I would pay on it. I would be purchasing it from Platte City, Missouri, United States.
    Thanks

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  251. dalannyeNo Gravataron 15 Feb 2012 at 11:24 pm

    i receive a chanel flap bag worth 3900.00+ taxe bought in massachusset but im a canadian resident lives in montreal how much its the duty fee

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  252. SteveNo Gravataron 17 Feb 2012 at 11:42 am

    I am going to pick up some used studio monitors (speakers) from a guy in the US and bring them back into Canada. The speakers are Mackie HR824 I’m not sure where they were manufactured. What sort of duty/taxes would I have to pay on these?

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  253. NalinNo Gravataron 17 Feb 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I live close to the border and planning to get Onkyo tx-nr809 receiver shipped to a UPS store near by. I was told that it was made in Malaysia. Do I have to pay any other taxes other than HST, if I do a day trip?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Just HST

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  254. jenNo Gravataron 18 Feb 2012 at 2:02 pm

    hello,
    i am thinking of purchasing eye glasses online from a UK site…they waive the vat but i was wondering what duty and taxes i would pay upon delivery in ontario

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  255. RolyNo Gravataron 20 Feb 2012 at 10:34 pm

    hi, how much custom fee and taxes will i pay for a 3000 CAD laptop from US shipped in Calgary?..Does GST Applies?.need ur answer..tnx!:]

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    GST only, (as there is no PST in AB)

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  256. cindyNo Gravataron 29 Feb 2012 at 3:38 am

    i live in Maine but have brought a cabin in Nova Scoita,I would like to take some used items across,dinnerwar glasses ect,do I have to claime them and what taxes would I have to pay?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Please call the local customs office where you’re crossing. This gets into personal effects, and each port has their own unwritten policy on how they handle it. (as they would have more people in the same situation as you, they deal with it at a more local level)

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  257. DeepaNo Gravataron 01 Mar 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I am looking for HS Code for Medium Head Oxygenator (MHO-750). hope you could help me.

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  258. SAMNo Gravataron 02 Mar 2012 at 1:41 pm

    hi im from Pakistan, im shipping household stuff to my sister in Edmonton Canada… (stuff like dinnerware sets, cutlery sets, pans and some dishes) worth of $ 800 – $900…how much custom she would have to pay ??

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    We’d need a complete list, including country of origins to tell that. At min, she pays 5% GST.

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  259. BarryNo Gravataron 04 Mar 2012 at 9:26 am

    Are medical supplies from the US exempt from duty when sent by UPS to Canada?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    No. If they are made in the US, they will be 0 rated.

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  260. RezaNo Gravataron 12 Mar 2012 at 3:20 am

    Hi I am thinking of bringing a kitchen package. Range, Fridge, dishwasher, and a laundry pair from the U.S. How much duty would I be looking at?

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  261. ManmohanNo Gravataron 15 Mar 2012 at 1:14 am

    What is the HS code for AV Receivers?

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  262. JoanNo Gravataron 18 Mar 2012 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning: We are looking into Ikea Kitchen cupboards – as far as where they are made – combination slovakia, hungary and USA – what should we expect as far as tax, duty, hst for purchase of approximately $4500 (before their sale of 20% off)We plan on picking them up as we live close to the Detroit border

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  263. JoanNo Gravataron 18 Mar 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good morning: We are looking into purchasing kitchen cabinets from Ikea in Michigan. The company tells me they are made slovakia, hungary and usa. What should we expect to pay as far as tax, duty and hst. Value approximately $4500 with 20% (sale at the present time) Any information would be very helpful

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    You’ll probably just get hit with HST as you’re bringing it across yourself.

    Where’s Ikea in Michigan? (Im heading to Ikea Brantford next week)

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    JoanNo Gravatar Reply:

    Ikea is in – Canton Michigan Ford Road – very easy to get too- so we would have to pay the state tax and 13% combined Provincial tax then

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    JoanNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hello, Ikea is in Canton Michigan on Ford Road, very easy to get too – so we would have to pay the state tax 6% and the combined Provincial/Hst of 13%?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes, and you can’t get out of the 6% Mich sales tax, and your 13% is based on your cost + the 6%. Was the price difference that much vs say Ikea here?

    JoanNo Gravatar Reply:

    starting price ranges from $800-$1000 difference – then 20% off on top of that – so it looks attractive to shop in Canton – but when you add 19 % that too adds up

  264. GerryNo Gravataron 19 Mar 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hi
    I will be registering a company soon to make it easier to recieve animals easier from oversea’s. The animals are from Germany and they are captive bred tarantula’s. I am getting the animals for free and I know I have to apply for a permit which is $125.00. Just wondering what other fee’s will apply to me even though the product is free ? Also can it come through the postal service as well or do I have to pick it up from the airport?
    Thanks
    any informantion would be great!!!

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    (from BSF5000:)
    A value for duty must be declared for all goods imported to Canada. Regardless of the circumstances of your importation, you must establish a value for duty, also referred to as a customs value, according to the valuation provisions of the Customs Act.

    There are six valuation methods:

    transaction value
    transaction value of identical goods
    transaction value of similar goods
    deductive value
    computed value
    residual

    You have to use the first of the six methods, the transaction value method, whenever possible to determine the customs value of imported goods. If you cannot establish the value for duty of your imported goods using this first method, you must consider the alternative methods to identify the method that is appropriate.

    You have to consider the methods in sequence. However, you can reverse the order of application of the deductive and computed methods if you ask your regional CBSA Client Services Office, in writing, before you account for your goods. Memoranda in the D13 series specifically address customs valuation. For more information about the individual valuation methods, see Memorandum D13-3-1, Methods of Determining Value for Duty.

    You’re getting into commercial territory, I can’t tell you what your amounts would be, as its not a simple answer.

    Any broker will sit down with you and go over charges.

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  265. Mr.SeadNo Gravataron 03 Apr 2012 at 7:20 am

    Hi, everyone,
    if one person or one company import a 4×4 all terrain wheelchair from china to Canada and USA, how much the total duty cost he or they should pay? the cost price is about USD7800/pc for one wheelchair.
    Thanks in advance.

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    I think there is a provision for medical equipment. You’re best to contact customs directly (sorry).

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  266. EvanNo Gravataron 09 Apr 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hi there,
    Im looking to import 500 decks of playing cards from taiwan to canada? Any advice?
    Thanks in advance

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  267. PeterNo Gravataron 21 Apr 2012 at 8:37 am

    what is the duty on a sofa chair? Live in Quebec

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  268. BeaNo Gravataron 25 Apr 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Great website! We are considering purchasing Kitchen cabinets from Home depot in the states and wish to bring them, ourselves, into Canada. They are manufactured in the USA. What is the duty if any?

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  269. bongNo Gravataron 29 Aug 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I plan to import coffee Tea products from Indonesia, may I know please the duty once it arrive Canada.
    Thanks for the help

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  270. 3PNo Gravataron 30 Aug 2012 at 1:18 am

    Please clarify … when you say no duty are you also saying no brokerage fee’s?
    Are “broke” fee’s determined by transport company? who’s the best to use?
    If the item is being delivered who or how are taxes pst/hst collected?

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    John RNo Gravatar Reply:

    Duty – Assigned by CBSA.
    HST – Collected by CBSA
    GST – Collected by CBSA
    PST – Collected by CBSA

    Brokerage Fees – The fees charged for someone else doing work on your behalf. Think of a broker like a plumber. You could unclog your drain if you wanted to, or you can call a plumber. Same thing. The fees are set by the broker. Hence Brokerage fees.

    Some Carriers are Brokers.

    Some carriers will bundle their brokerage fees with their freight fees.

    You ALWAYS have a choice when it comes to brokerage fees. Pay someone to do your work, or do the work yourself.

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