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Posts: 1528
From: Vancouver Island, Great Wet North
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-10-2001 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I posted this in the "M&M Gift Exchange" thread, but thought that I would give it it's own thread as well, just FYI for those who send packages to Canada from the US.

In the gift exchange thread Don (Big D) asked about how to deal with items being sent to Canada... well, I��ve been dealing with the money-grabbing buffoons at Customs Canada for quite some time now, as many of the parts and items that I need for my car can only be sourced from the US. Today I am once again having to deal with them on an issue, and I am STEAMING MAD!!!! I thought that I would share.

Here��s the situation: A friend of mine recently had Jackie Sewart sign a T-shirt for me as a surprise gift (J. Stewart drove the Mustang Pace Car at the 1979 Indy, so this is really something for a 79 Pace Car fan such as myself). He packaged it up and mailed it off clearly marked as ��GIFT��. When they asked him what the value of it was (assured for replacement valuation only) he estimated it at around $200US. Fine. Well, Friday I get a notice from the post office to come pick up a package and when I get there they say it will cost me $50Cdn in taxes and customs charges to release the package. HUH??? I finally got them to tell me who it was from (I had no idea there was something on the way), and that it was declared as a ��T-shirt�� on the customs form with an assessed value of $318Cdn. Holy crap!!

Now, does it make ANY sense for them to charge ME taxes on an item that I DID NOT PURCHASE?? It��s a GIFT for #$*(&)#&%) sakes!! Gift, as in I didn��t BUY it. Someone, out of the kindness of their heart sent me something and now the bloody money-grabbing federal government wants ME to pay TAXES on it. Grrrrrrrrrr... I��m so mad at this point that I could SPIT.

Now I am thoroughly embarrassed as I had to contact my friend down there and ask if there was anything else in the package that would "up" the value of the T-shirt (I had no idea that it was signed by J.S.), and the surprise was spoiled. Also I have to figure out what to do�� pay the ba$tards their blood money; send it back to Customs Canada for reassessment (which could take months, and chances are that they would just come back and say ��too bad��, you pay anyhow); or have the whole package sent back to my friend, so that he can then RE-SEND it to me with a declared value of $30 or less so that I won��t get assessed duty/taxes (how embarrassing, plus I don��t want him to be out of pocket any more than he already is, or go to any more trouble).

So, FYI for those sending items to us Canadians�� make sure that you keep the declared value down on all but very expensive and/or important items (below $30 is usually ok). Even though it may be sent clearly marked as a gift, our greedy federal government will still try to lighten the wallet of the recipient on this end.

Now I need a double Jack Daniels and a smoke to calm down.

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[This message has been edited by Gearhead (edited 12-10-2001).]

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Registered: Apr 2001

posted 12-10-2001 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ian that really sticks,I'll have a double with you ok.
Heck lets just take the reat of the off and drink.


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Dave Gibson

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From: Pensacola, Florida, USA M&M#166 MCA#47921
Registered: Aug 99

posted 12-10-2001 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That really does S**K. I think Peter also has to deal with a very similar situation. Terri and I had to be careful how we marked all the boxes we sent down under for his club's 25th anniversary party. We didn't need him to have to pay any import duty. We hope that you don't have to pay out of pocket for such a wonderful gift. Hang in there Ian and have a drink on us.

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posted 12-10-2001 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is absurd. Your friend needs a kick in the butt for declaring it as a $200 t-shirt, too. {even though it was a gift.} I'd refuse it and have him send it back as a $10 t-shirt.

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From: The cold, gray Pacific Northwest
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posted 12-11-2001 12:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wythors   Click Here to Email wythors     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmmmm.... methinks I will bring your present up to the hockey game in February.

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From: Columbia,NJ, USA. 65 Fastback, 69 Coupe MCA #-04549
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 12-11-2001 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65   Click Here to Email Mike65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ian, that really s**ks.

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Big D

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posted 12-11-2001 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Ian, If it makes you feel any better,,, You don't have to worry about your present being worth $300 Canadian...

So, I guess my post office will know what to do to send the package to BC...


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Rory McNeil

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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 12-11-2001 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ian, where did the package get sent to? Whenever I order anything from the USA, I have it sent to a UPS/FedEx parcel post office in Point Roberts WA, & then I drive across the border, pick it up, & handle the Customs paperwork myself on the Canadian side I guess living 1/2 hour from the US border helps! I know from previous experiances that going thru a broker is $$$$$.

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