Well said Todd, that's how it works.
The only thing that I can add is have the person sending the package to
Canada, put on a declaired value of something, like $123.67, and insure it
for the actual value, ( they never seem to look and say it's insured for
$1000 and only declaired for $123.67, they just don't have time) that way
the taxes are lower, as if there is no Delcared value the Border People will
open the package, and try and make up a value, this can be good and bad, as
sometimes they value real high and other time real low.
Also we sending electrics, don't say it on the box, as there is a
tax for all imported electronics that come accross the border, and
man it's high.
> Speaking as a Canadian who was imported stuff for many years here is how
> really is:
> 1 - The 'declared value' of the item is converted to Canadian dollars, at
> about a factor of about 1.65 (this changes with the dollar's value). If
> there is no declared value, which there should be on the sticker the Post
> Office put on the parcel, they would use the insured value. Therefore a
> US item would be about $165 Canadian.
> 2 - If the item was made in the US there is no duty (same applies to you
> Americans under NAFTA, no duty if made in Canada). If it was made outside
> the US duty rates are usually about 9%
> 3 - Provincial sales tax is added to the above number.
> 4 - A $5 processing fee is added.
> In Nova Scotia, where I live, a $100 US parcel, made in USA, would cost me
> $194.75, excluding shipping.
> $100 US ----------> $165 Canadian
> 15% sales tax ----> $ 24.75
> $ 5 fee ----------> $ 5.00
> TOTAL $194.75
> As a general rule of thumb you double the American price to get the
> cost. Also parcel's less than $25 Canadian pass through free. If you are
> shipping things to Canada, USE THE POST OFFICE. UPS charges at least $30
> a service fee and their rates tend to be much higher. If the guy needs it
> quick use Express Post, it's insurable and traceable. And if you are
> second hand parts you can do the buyer a favor by using a "more
> indicated value.
> Todd Meisner
> > If it is sent from a friend to another there shouldn't be any charges.
> > you buy something from a hobby shop or any other store, there may be a
> > brokerage fee and taxes. I don't know where you got your numbers below,
> > they seem quite high. Check with customs for specific charges.
> > I was wondering if the US charges a Custom fee lake Canada I have a
> > friend
> > sending me a Package from Canada to the US I know if you send a Package
> > the US to Canada and you insure it for $1000 US dollars then Canadian
> > Customs
> > will charge you 25% of $2000 Canadian dollars which would be is what
> > get
> > charged $ 500 Canadian Dollars or $250 US dollars. And my question is
> > US
> > Customes do the same thing should have have it insured or will it cost
> > more
> > when I get it? Let me know.
> > Thank you in advance!
> > >Mike<