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 Posted 01/15/2019  1:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently purchased some numismatic items from a US-based seller. The items were shipped through UPS. I was surprised to find out that there was a $16 charge, in addition to the $23 shipping price, for customs release. The charge would have been $21 if I had waited to pay upon delivery instead of on the UPS website prior. This is the first time I have had to pay this. I'm not sure if it is because of the way it was shipped or size of the package or what. In the future is there any way to get around this?
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 Posted 01/15/2019  1:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Customs fees are almost always because of the value
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Canada
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 Posted 01/15/2019  3:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From what I understand, if the item is over $20, I would have to pay tax on the full value. Therefore if the value is $70 (what I paid), the tax would be 13% x 70 = $9.10. What is the remaining amount for?

Fortunately the new USMCA is bumping the exemption amount up to $150.
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 Posted 01/15/2019  4:37 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
the difference is probably the brokerage fee.( handling). Canada post even has one, when they have to assess duties..
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 Posted 01/15/2019  5:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I live in Australia.

There was a period of decades, when I acquired coins from England. The business I was dealing with was a fully owned branch of an English company The coins were listed in England and were sent to Australia, where I examined them, before making an optional decision to buy.
British Value Added Tax (VAT) was not paid, because no purchase was made at that point. No Australian import taxes were paid, because the item was still fully owned by the company.
Transport Parcel fees were charged to me and added to my purchase price.

The coin pictured in my avatar was acquired in this way.
I have willed by collection to my kids. They won't be paying any taxes, save for auction fees. Australia doesn't charge death duties or estate taxes.
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 Posted 01/15/2019  6:58 pm  Show Profile   Check nohope587's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nohope587 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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I am sorry you had to pay for customs I checked with the guy at the UPS store and he said that the declared value was low enough not to require customs. I even used the customs code for books as suggested by UPS since they were used there should have been no other charges.
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 Posted 01/16/2019  09:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not your fault Richard. At $20 Canada has one of the lowest exemption limits in the world. I'm used to receiving letter mail from the US rather than larger packages. It just caught me by surprise. The items I got from you are not sold in Canada. If I were to cross the border to buy the Dansco albums I would pay full retail plus state tax, then need to stay in the US for at least 24 hours or have to pay federal/provincial tax at the border on the way back in.
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