Canadian bees ordering online!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

That is crazy the amount of duty on that! I don’t order a lot from the states, but that seems excessive. I’m glad you got it sorted out!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

That’s really strange. I live in Canada and bought my first engagement ring through Blue Nile and there were 0 customs fees, just regular provincial sales tax. 

I’m planning on getting my wedding band from James Allen, also because they have great customer service, so thanks for the heads up on the duty fees!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Jasd:  Even if you ship to a US address you end up paying duty when you cross the border with the item (I have a US PO Box.)  

Which courier was used?  DHL is the worst, IMO.  I order a lot online from overseas and the US.  I refuse to buy anything shipped via DHL now.  They have the most expensive brokerage fees (which are in addition to duty) of all the couriers I’ve used.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

Jasd:  It depends on where the product was made. If the country where it was made or the parts made were from a country that is not part of the Free Trade Agreement then you need to pay customs. It’s pretty complicated … So just be aware of that when you order things from various countries. Customs has also really started cracking down more recently because of complaints from Canadian stores.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Well, you  MAY end up paying duty if you ship it to the US and drive it across. Depending on how long you stay in the states, there’s a certain amount you can bring back duty free/sometimes they just don’t care or make you pay.

But HOLY CRAP TWO THOUSAND?! I once ordered from ModCloth and ended up paying the price of the dress over in duty ($60) which was sad, but not TWO THOUSAND. That’s insane. I’m glad you found a way to reduce the cost!

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Jasd:  I ordered several times from BN and have never had this problem. Ordering clothes from the US on the other hand, that’s another story …

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We ordered from JA too (amaaaaazinnnng service and the ring is beyond perfect) and when we ordered there was an “estimated duty charges” (around 300$) on the bill. We saw that amount before finalizing the order. The ring was shipped via FedEx and when it arrived my FI paid the duties directly to FedEx (who acted as the broker). The amount was pretty close to the estimated amount we saw when ordering so no surprises for us.

We expected to pay duties though, as we would have had to pay if we had bought the ring here in Quebec. Overall we saved a lot of money buying online. Comparable rings (same stone specs and metal) were more than twice the price + 15% sales tax!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My fiancé had the same shock when he ordered from JA. I suspect that a large part of that fee was the customs duties. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

Jasd:  Both my engagement ring and my wedding band were ordered online and shipped right to my front door. We paid very little in the way of any fees.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Jasd:  Customs and duties are federal.  Brokerage fees are charged by the clearance company (who may or may not be one and the same as the courier, it depends on the courier company.)  I used to do customs clearance full time for an aerospace company.

I’d be interested to see what the fee was for.  They have to break it down for you.  It couldn’t have all been duty unless it was quite an expensive ring.  What heading was it cleared under?  It’ll be on your import paperwork.  

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  sostobe.
Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sostobe:  that’s what I meant too. Brokerage fees not the actual duties. My parents had a business and I spent my childhood with my mom at commercial customs because it was too expensive for their small business to have a brokerage do their paperwork. 

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