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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000032.txt from 2003/10

From: Christian Perry <>
Subj: Re: [kl] a misunderstanding; shipping to Canada
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 18:27:51 -0400

It is correct that there is no duty when importing US goods into Canada.
However, such goods *are* subject to the same sales taxes that would
have applied had the goods been purchased in Canada. On top of this,
the Canadian postal service charges a $5.00 administration fee.
However, in my experience, many small shipments do make it through
without being stopped at Customs, while others of a similar size and
value (even shipped from the same place) are stopped and have the taxes
charged; it's very inconsistent.

Also, while I'm not sure of all the comlexities of the rules, I believe
it's the country of manufacture that matters; I once got nailed for duty
on a pair of boots purchased and shipped from a US company because the
boots had been manufactured in China.

-Christian Perry
Ottawa, Canada

Peter Stoll wrote:
> I'm just back and was surprised to see this heated
> exchange. About Steve Fox, I've also known him for a
> long time and never found him anything less than a
> true gentleman. I agree with Mark Charette's point
> that private emails and their more personal tone
> should stay private, this list has had problems before
> with them being publicly forwarded. With Canada-U.S.
> exchange, I order accessories etc. all the time via
> UPS or the postal system and don't get hit with any
> extra duty. I believe there is a form that certifies
> origin within the NAFTA boundaries that can be used if
> this is a concern with instruments.
> =====
> Peter Stoll
> University of Toronto
> Toronto Philharmonia
> Continuum Contemporary Music
> ERGO ensemble
> Ocean City Pops, NJ
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