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I'm in Canada and am looking to purchase some fluff from a company in the US. I'm trying to weigh it out to make sure it is worth it cost wise.<br>
Anybody know how to figure out the custom broker fees? The woman I might purchase from said she could mark it as a $19 purchase or a gift.<br>
Info would be appreciated cuz I'm eager to make my purchase.<br>
tia.
 

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It depends on where you order it from and what you are ordering, the weight etc...<br>
If she's planning on putting it down as a gift for 19 dollars you might not face customs fees...
 

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If she will mark it as a gift and the value is less than $200 AND it arrives via mail and NOT via a courier (UPS, FedEx) then you will not pay anything.<br><br>
I bought a breastpump from a friend of mine in Seattle. She sent it to me via UPS and marked it as a gift. They still charged me a $65 brokerage fee on a $200 pump. I was furious but I had no choice but to pay it. I never get stuffed couriered any more.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If she will mark it as a gift and the value is less than $200 AND it arrives via mail and NOT via a courier (UPS, FedEx) then you will not pay anything.<br><br>
I bought a breastpump from a friend of mine in Seattle. She sent it to me via UPS and marked it as a gift. They still charged me a $65 brokerage fee on a $200 pump. I was furious but I had no choice but to pay it. I never get stuffed couriered any more.</div>
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The maximum non taxable value for a gift item is 60$ canadian, so if you mark it as 60$ us you could still get hit with taxes<br><br>
the service fee for canada post to collect taxes is 5$ plus whatever taxes<br>
the service fee for a courier company is around 40$<br><br>
if the stores logo is on the outside of the package and its marked a gift you will still be charged taxes, customs agents aren't stupid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The maximum value you can buy without paying taxes marked as "other" or "merchandise" is 20$ Canadian so putting 19$ us you could still be hit with taxes<br><br>
Of course some days customs puts through things marked as merchandise and valued at 100$ without charging taxes so its kind of hit and miss<br><br>
I always get my items shipped usps/canadapost and if I know that its from a store and that they will be marking it merchandise I try to buy all from the same place so I"m not hit with the service fee multiple times
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The maximum non taxable value for a gift item is 60$ canadian, so if you mark it as 60$ us you could still get hit with taxes<br><br>
the service fee for canada post to collect taxes is 5$ plus whatever taxes<br>
the service fee for a courier company is around 40$<br><br>
if the stores logo is on the outside of the package and its marked a gift you will still be charged taxes, customs agents aren't stupid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The maximum value you can buy without paying taxes marked as "other" or "merchandise" is 20$ Canadian so putting 19$ us you could still be hit with taxes<br><br>
Of course some days customs puts through things marked as merchandise and valued at 100$ without charging taxes so its kind of hit and miss<br><br>
I always get my items shipped usps/canadapost and if I know that its from a store and that they will be marking it merchandise I try to buy all from the same place so I"m not hit with the service fee multiple times</div>
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Its hit and miss with Customs - I had a package come from the US Global Express and they dinged me an 8 dollar handling fee plus taxes ... but I had a package around the same amount declared come in through customs and no duty was tacked on (thank ye gods lol considering it arrived a few days later!)<br>
And yeah its not 200 dollars by any means, I think its 60 canadian for a gift and 20 for merchandise IIRC ...<br>
It really honestly depends. I mean I had a diaper come through which was marked at 33 dollars value and they dinged me taxes for "an adult diaper" LOL I don't know what the agent was thinking that day!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Its hit and miss with Customs - I had a package come from the US Global Express and they dinged me an 8 dollar handling fee plus taxes ... but I had a package around the same amount declared come in through customs and no duty was tacked on (thank ye gods lol considering it arrived a few days later!)<br>
And yeah its not 200 dollars by any means, I think its 60 canadian for a gift and 20 for merchandise IIRC ...<br>
It really honestly depends. I mean I had a diaper come through which was marked at 33 dollars value and they dinged me taxes for "an adult diaper" LOL I don't know what the agent was thinking that day!</div>
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In that case you should fill out the backside of the customs collect form and send it in to canada customs (all the info is on the back) and challenge the tax you should get your pst back just send your paypal invoice and write it was a baby item not for adults therefore pst exempt<br><br>
I challenge the decisions all the time and I get checks in the mail from canada customs for 2.50$ 3.00$ all the time sometimes I get all my money back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> every little bit counts
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In that case you should fill out the backside of the customs collect form and send it in to canada customs (all the info is on the back) and challenge the tax you should get your pst back just send your paypal invoice and write it was a baby item not for adults therefore pst exempt<br><br>
I challenge the decisions all the time and I get checks in the mail from canada customs for 2.50$ 3.00$ all the time sometimes I get all my money back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> every little bit counts</div>
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true enough! I didn't with that one though, but I was tempted to challange the one which cost me 26 dollars in total duty for a value od 99 - the person put in the shipping amount and added it to the total, which as far as I knew they were only supposed to claim the amount you paid, not shipping cost as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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