Shipping duties to Canada

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by coif_kid, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. coif_kid

    coif_kid LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 93

    This is addressed to anyone in Canada who has purchased flyers or gotten their printing done in the US. Did you guys have to pay any customs or duties when you had it shipped back to Canada? Thanks in advance
     
  2. Jeff@SGLC.ca

    Jeff@SGLC.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576

    I'm going to be ordering some flyers printed in the states as well...on that note I use to import a lot of product so I can answer it. Printed material....just have the shipper value it for replacement but label it as promotional items with no resale value. Shouldn't have an issue.
     
  3. coif_kid

    coif_kid LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 93

    So how would one declare the promotional merchandise going across the border.
     
  4. ToniDavies

    ToniDavies LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    The company that you are ordering from has to fill out on a customs form what they are shipping including the value. So if you have them put a really low value or no charge promotional items or samples you would not have to pay for this. However if this is being sent to you by UPS they sometimes or I should say usually charge some type of fee even if the package is marked free. Best bet if you are not in a hurry have it sent by Postal Service.
     
  5. coif_kid

    coif_kid LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 93

    Actually I'm planning on going and picking it up in the states because the shipping charges would be over $700 CND, while the drive is just 4 1/2 hours away. So I'm wondering how do I declare the itmes when I go through customs in order not to pay GST/PST on it.
     
  6. ToniDavies

    ToniDavies LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I go back an forth across the border all the time. They will make you pay the GST on the value of the goods being brought into Canada. When you get to the border they will ask you what you have to declare and you can tell them flyers they will want to see a receipt then depending on the person you get they will either make you pay or let you go. It is totally up to the customs agent you get. But count on having to pay at least 7% of the bill. Shipping charges of $700.00 is outrageous. I have skid loads come into Canada for way less than that.
     
  7. coif_kid

    coif_kid LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 93

    Well that amount is what UPS charges for 600lbs. However, as the first poster said, I could declare these things as promotional material with no cash material. Now it is not a lie that they have no cash value, so could I say that or would they get suspicious.
     
  8. ToniDavies

    ToniDavies LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Call me and I will explain the easiest way to do this.
    1-800-461-1041 St. Catharines, Ontario
    Toni
     
  9. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 846

    Please share this info Toni.

    Is this toni from Rittenhouse?
     
  10. ToniDavies

    ToniDavies LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Yes Hay Bay, this is Toni from Rittenhouse. When you get to the border with whatever you have purchased they will ask you what you have. Some items you will have to pay duty on. If you purchase parts for your pumps, spreaders etc. (farming related products) it would be duty free however you will still have to pay the GST on the total value of goods. Sometimes you get a customs agent that will let you go without paying other times they will send you inside. Hope this helps to clear things up.
    Toni
     

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