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Old 05-04-2010, 09:17 PM   #11
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Re: Buying USED Planes in the USA

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Originally Posted by Xanadu View Post
There is taxes on a model plane, I have been hit 2 times now from out of the USA. Depends on how much it is worth and if it is used or new.
But no duty.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:09 PM   #12
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Re: Buying USED Planes in the USA

if they can be shipped there is a place in Niagara Falls New York they can be shipped to and they would charge you I think about $5-15 a plane depending on the box size. Might be worth it do it that way to save the gas and the travel time.
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There is no duty on model airplane parts. You will be charged GST and PST (if applicable) regardless of whether it is new or used. (Canada's way of gouging us just a little more)
Make sure you have a record of payment, just a hand written letter from the seller doesn't always work. Pay with a Money order or paypal and bring a copy of it with you. If you want to pay less, pay with 2 money orders and only submit one.

The reason that you HAVE to show proof of what you paid is this....
Last summer I bought a used AMT Olympus Turbine. I paid $2000USD for it. The seller shipped it to a US address for me. I went down to pick it up. I paid him with a money order. He sent me a hand written invoice for the engine. When I went through customs, they took the hand written invoice, told me to go sit down and wait. They looked up "AMT Olympus" online and found AMT Netherlands site and the price for a NEW Olympus at $7500. They then told me that I would have to prove what I paid on the engine or it would be seized and I would be liable for fraud. They didn't understand that it was a USED engine from AMT USA (different manufacture and nowhere near the value of the NL engine). Fortunately, I was able to log into RCUniverse, show them the PM's sent between myself and Don which had the price agreed upon, as well as produce the receipt for my money order to him.
More times than not you get lucky, I certainly had, but now, I don't dick around, I make sure I have all my paperwork and in many cases, I pay the extra to have it just shipped directly to Canada (if I can use USPS).

Not worth big fines over model airplane stuff!
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