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Old 10-02-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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I ordered some indoor planes from DualSky. They arrived at the Customs on Sept. 12 for inspection and they are still there?

2011/09/12 22:24 MISSISSAUGA International item arrived in Canada and will be reviewed by Customs
2011/09/09 17:54 International item has left the origin country and is en route to Canada
2011/09/07 13:43 International item mailed in origin country

Recently, I also received a US$55 parcel from HobbyKing via Singapore Post and the Customs first converted the amount to 80+ Canadian dollars and then charged GST on the it and about $8 processing fee. There must have been some mistake there.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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No Maxx ,.. no mistake .

Canadian custom workers , are share holders , and we all know , they need money.

Anywhere they can get money ,................. they will .

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Old 10-02-2011, 10:25 AM   #3
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Re: Canadian Customs Bummers

Whenever you get a customs bill you an always fight it. Did you have hobbyking reduce the value for you? I think their standard is 30% but you can choose the value. Customs does have the right to change the value of an item because they know a lot of stuff comes in valued lower.
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What I don't get is the Prime Minister galavanting all over the place and signing "Free Trade" agreements. What exactly does that mean? IF a parcel comes from a "Free Trading" partner country, why does CC have to be involved?
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Re: Canadian Customs Bummers

They are all fudge nudgers!
If you're planning on way-overpowering your plane and "flying like a maniac", you might consider gluing the tail feathers down to avoid flutter.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:39 AM   #6
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IF a parcel comes from a "Free Trading" partner country, why does CC have to be involved?
Free trade means no import duties. There are NO DUTIES on hobby parts, however, the gov't wants their taxes... regardless of whether you buy it here or in another country.

For those that have forgotten, here are in the postal import info again. It hasn't changed in the past few years, however the enforcement of the rules may have increased:

Duty and tax exemptions

The CBSA can examine almost any item that comes to Canada by mail.

You may have to pay duty, the goods and services tax (GST) or the harmonized sales tax (HST) and the provincial sales tax (PST) on items mailed to you.


Under the provisions of the Postal Imports Remission Order, if someone mails you an item worth CAN$20 or less, you donít have to pay duty or taxes on the item. If the item is worth more than CAN$20, you must pay the applicable duty, the GST or HST, and any PST on the itemís full value.


Handling costs

To process goods imported as mail that are subject to duty and/or tax, Canada Post charges the recipient $8.50. If the item is duty-free and tax exempt, no amount is charged.
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Well......I don't bemoan the fact that the government gets it's sales tax. The tax would even be more if you bought at a non-discounted price. What I can't see is why CC charges an $8.50 processing fee that until a short time ago used to be $5.00 and it's their job anyway!! Can you imagine a supermarket checkout person tacking on another $8.50 to the bill for processing your groceries??

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We got too start paying for stuff like this since salary raise has risen faster than taxes, the truth... hurts. I would like to pay rather then end up in the situation Greece is in right now. Remember, we cannot have it all.

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They are all fudge nudgers!
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Re: Canadian Customs Bummers

A US border guard explained the difference between his job, and his Canadian counterparts:

US Customs - primary role is law enforcement & security.
Canadian Customs - primary role is revenue collection.

If you've ever travelled to the US and back, think about the questions you get asked at either end... suddenly it's all clear!
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