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    Having something shipped from Canada to US - duties/taxes/other costs?

    Trying to understand the duties/taxes/other fees involved with getting something shipped from Canada. Looking to purchase a frame from somebody in Toronto but can't find explicit information on how much it'll cost me in fees, other than shipping fees.

    Frame will be about $700 USD and based on information I did find, items with declared value under $800 are free from import fees? Is that true or is there small print that I'm missing?
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    https://www.canada.ca/en/services/ta...nd-levies.html

    you could try looking here ^^ but i think anecdotal info you get might be rather nebulous

    usually its stufff going the other way cuz there are 10 times as many people down south
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    Just to be clear, the shipping direction is from Canada to US. The frame is $1000 CAD, which is about $750 USD.
    The K-12 dude. You make a gnarly run like that and girls will get sterile just looking at you - Charles De Mar

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    Sounds like you're right on the line. You could certainly declare it for a little less, gambling only losing the difference, if it gets trashed/disappears.

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    UPS or Fed Ex will charge you brokerage fees. Your deal will no longer be a deal.
    Make sure he sends it to you via Canada Post/USPS.
    Make sure on the customs form he clearly states the product as USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT - BICYCLE PATRS, and do not put Taiwan (or whatever Asian country) as country of manufacturing.
    Other than that your fine...

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    cool! thanks for the tips!
    The K-12 dude. You make a gnarly run like that and girls will get sterile just looking at you - Charles De Mar

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    Better check what tariffs the Don has imposed to protect you from the Canadian threat to your national security

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    Agree with using the postal service instead of UPS/FedEx, and putting used bike parts on the customs paperwork. Highly doubt there are any duties on used stuff, and certainly won't be trade tarrifs.

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    america has agreed to give up on steel and aluminium tariffs so good news eh

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tar...heel-1.5141686

    I just wonder how the grownups at the white house snuck this past Trump?
    Last edited by XXX-er; 05-18-2019 at 10:41 PM.
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