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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:43   #1
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Canadian Importing taxes and duties?

I was about to place an order from RedWolf until my friend had told me about the canadian importation taxes and duties. He wasn't sure what percentage they charge. I've tried the canadian government site and other sources however I too cannot find the rates. I was hoping someone here could tell me either from knowledge or personal experience how much someone would get charged for something like this. If it makes a difference the order is around $600
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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:52   #2
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I was about to place an order from RedWolf until my friend had told me about the canadian importation taxes and duties. He wasn't sure what percentage they charge. I've tried the canadian government site and other sources however I too cannot find the rates. I was hoping someone here could tell me either from knowledge or personal experience how much someone would get charged for something like this. If it makes a difference the order is around $600
Welcome to Airsoft Canada.


Just a few questions.

1. Are you importing guns?

2. With whom are they shipping with?



If the answer to question 1 is anything but no, then cancel your order or simply don't place it and take a few minutes to peruse the faq area of airsoft canada and read about our importation laws. Sufficed to say if you attempt to import guns into Canada they will in all likely hood be seized.

As for customs charges that varies depending on what you purchased and who is shipping it (and to some extent where its coming from and where it was manufactured). As 600 dollars in Marbles will cost a different amount then 600 dollars in clothes. And 600 dollars in clothes shipped with UPS will have different customs fees compared to 600 dollars in clothes shipped with Fedex. It also depends on the specific shipping option as some will include brokerage in the shipping fee's.

for more information about customs tariffs check out

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-com.../menu-eng.html


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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:55   #3
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Oh alright thanks for the link.. yeah i know that i cant import guns xD im just getting alot of parts thats all
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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:55   #4
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You're not ordering guns.....right?

It also depends what service you use to send the package. Also, the package could get by without any extra charges at all in some cases.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:55   #5
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oh yeah what do you mean but who its shipped to?
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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:57   #6
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The duty calculator might help
http://www.aacb.com/tools/dutytax.asp
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Old June 1st, 2010, 02:58   #7
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oh yeah what do you mean but who its shipped to?
The shipping agent. Ie UPS or Fedex ect...

Their rates sometimes include brokerage at no extra charge depending on the shipping method. This can save alot of money when dealing with extremely high value items of low weight.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 03:00   #8
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how are they shipping it?

if it goes FeDX they will pay all the applicable canadian taxes and charge you an astounding FEE to do it

other couriers like UPS don't hurt that bad but expect that the taxes at 15% and some fees


I did once receive an express item through HK post and the Canadapostie had a charge for %15 of the packages declared value.Everything else came through free and clear.

whatever happens you should probably have an extra $100 + lying around for when the doorbell rings



I've never ordered from
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Old June 1st, 2010, 03:02   #9
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how are they shipping it?

if it goes FeDX they will pay all the applicable canadian taxes and charge you an astounding FEE to do it

other couriers like UPS don't hurt that bad but expect that the taxes at 15% and some fees


I did once receive an express item through HK post and the Canadapostie had a charge for %15 of the packages declared value.

whatever happens you should probably have an extra $100 + lying around for when the doorbell rings



I've never ordered from
Usually consumer goods are charged at around 18% customs fee's but again this depends on exactly what your ordering and from whom and where it was made ect.

People make a good living understanding this system and as such its not an easy to explain system.

Sufficed to say Order local if you can.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 03:03   #10
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I just received my Redwolf order after waiting for Canada Post to get their heads out of their asses and deliver my damn parcel already (one month wait from the time it arrived in Vancouver, BC and got stashed away in some CP warehouse before ever seeing CBSA on the 27th, practically a month after it had arrived in town, lol).

Shipped EMS, $200.24 CAD worth of stuff in there. Duty charged was 3.5% which translated to $7.01 (customs guy classified my stuff upon opening as "guns/air less than 500 fps - I'm pretty sure that's not right, but I'm not sure fighting over $7 worth of duties is worth it; might have been a WA 2011 mag that threw him for a loop? That's about all that looked remotely like a gun part). GST/HST column reads $10.36 (ew HST). PST reads $14.51. $8.00 handling fee. Amount charged upon picking up my parcel was $39.88.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 03:08   #11
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Oh alright thanks guys so i should expect like 15~20 percent for taxes and duties?
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Old June 1st, 2010, 09:40   #12
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I placed an order with Red Wolf Airsoft couple months ago that was also about $200 worths of parts including pistol gaz magazine and the mailman showed up and I never paid any custom fees at all.

As a matter of fact I never paid customs a single time for any ordered shipped (no matter what the price is) via Hong Kong Post being regular Airmail or EMS. Count in that at least 25 transactions with a couple of them costing around $200.

I paid once $70 worth of fees/taxes with an order from the US because I had ordered it through UPS, that was the very first order that I placed when I started paintball 3 years ago and that was the first and last time that I was not dealing with only either USPS or Hong Kong Post.

If you want to save on customs (that it is at your own risk if the package is lost or damaged though) you can reduce the total value of the package. Usually I go half the price (you can go even lower if you want). So on an order that's worth 200$ and they declare only 100$ for your package the custom agent has no clue whatsoever that some internal airsoft parts and some mags could cost more than 100$. And from my own experience the risk of having a lost/damaged package when you have a tracking number is extremely low.

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Old June 1st, 2010, 15:48   #13
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The rule of thumb is you will be paying GST and PST or rather all sales taxes in your province. Plus a handling fee of about $8 as this is the only way the government can ensure they recieve money when you buy something online outside the country. Yes it sounds lame, but that is the real reason why asc has always been so good to its users, our classifieds have no pst or gst. In country helps a ton but if you really need to get HK stuffs, the declared value is the only thing that guides those percentages.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 18:07   #14
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GST is applicable and the duty is 3% on legal airsoft products....
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Old June 1st, 2010, 18:16   #15
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I have ordered thousands of dollars worth of parts and gear from overseas...the only time I ever paid a fee was when a package was shipped via UPS.

If you're shipping with EMS, you could have none. I've never had to pay a cent for "fees" with EMS.
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