Post # 1
Does anyone have any experience with online diamond purchases and shipping to Canada?
My fiancee and I are looking at this ring (we want to get the same one – we’re gay) from Pompeii3:
but we are a bit unsure about the customs fees / import duty / general hassle we’ll have importing the rings.
SInce it’s such a good deal (we found an almost replica at Spence Diamonds for 3x the price – and it’s only a .30 carat) we’re willing to pay a bit of import fees, but not a ton.
Any stories / past experiences are much appreciated!
Post # 3
We live in Ontario, Canada. I’ve had numerous expensive things shipped to be from outside Canada, so I’m fairly good at guessing how much customs will be now. I’ve only once bought expensive jewelry from abroad though.
My Fiance and I bought my moissanite from moissaniteco.com and were charged no customs fees, but they had marked the package to a value of $20.
We had FI’s sister take our stone back to the states with her to have it set for us. When they shipped it back we were charged a lot of fees, like $350 because the package was marked that it was a value of $2000 (they also almost didn’t give it to us at customs because they did not believe the stone wasn’t a diamond and thought we were trying to avoid taxes by declaring it for a lower value, but that’s another story lol)
The taxes you’ll be charged depends on the value written on the package. Since that ring is about $350 value, you would be charged around $50-$80 in customs, I’d guess.
That said, you should email the company and see if they’d be willing to mark down the package to a lower value to avoid customs, but that’s doubtful since it’s a diamond ring.
Post # 4
Yeah it says on their website that they don’t knock down the value to avoid customs.
We want 2 rings, so it’d be total 700 dollars… and then I guess around 200 in customs fees.
Doesn’t customs fees etc depend on the shipping company as well? I’ve heard that UPS is the worst, while USPS/Canada Post is the better option.
They do ship USPS if that makes a difference.
Post # 5
@jacinda10: FedEx and UPS and other private companies often charge an additional “brokerage fee” on top of the customs fee as well.
USPS means it will become Canada Post when it gets across the border, and that will probably give you the cheapest option for fees and such.
Post # 6
@jacinda10: I would do USPS/Canada Post, with delivery confirmation, and try to get it shipped to a work address maybe and get signature confirmation. Just to be safe. I think that would only set you back another $20 at the most
Post # 7
Yeah, I think USPS Canada Post is the way to go.
@MrsSl82be: You mean it would only be 20 dollars in fees, you estimate?
Now to decide whether to order our rings now, before gold/diamond prices go up… or wait until closer to the wedding since we’ve already both lost enough weight that our e-rings are fairly loose.
Post # 8
Your profile says that you’re in Calgary. I live moderately close. One way to deal with this, though the cost effectiveness can vary depending on item and such, is to use Montana Shipping. I’m not sure how mobile you are and if the savings on that amount would make it worthwhile. http://www.montanashipping.com You send things to them, they receive it into their “warehouse” and send you an email to say that it’s arrived. They charge $4 for almost all items, less for letters/stuff that’s approximately the size of a Canada Post express post envelope.
The benefit is that you can drive down and then bring things back using your duty allowances. You have to be gone for 48 hrs for $400, I think it’s only $40 or $50 if you just cross the border. It also completely depends upon who is working customs. Also, some things you have to pay GST/HST on, but not duty.
Long story short, I doubt that it is worthwhile in your case, but for other things, it’s an FYI.
Post # 9
@pigzfly: I was going to suggest something similar. I don’t know if it’s worth it to you to drive down to the border (not sure how far Calgary is away from a border). Maybe a couple of hours? It might be worth it if the customs would be really high.
I always ship to an office right on the other side of the border and then drive down and pick it up. They charge a $3 flat fee to hold your item until you come and get it.
It works out way cheaper for me, but I only have about an hour drive.