Customs costs for shipping to Canada from MoissaniteCo??

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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3112 posts
Sugar bee

@KhaleesiStormborn:  I had my MCo ring shipped right here in the US, so I don’t have personal experience.  But if you email sales@moissaniteco.com, they are very helpful and usually get back to you right away.

Post # 5
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My FI didn’t get mine from MCo, but did get a custom ring from a US jewler so he did have to pay duties.  I’m not sure what the duty rate was (I will ask when he gets home and update) but I do know that the estimated taxes and duties from the company were accurate.  

A company like MCo will have had lots of experience with shipping to Canada so their estimates should be pretty dang close.

Post # 7
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@KhaleesiStormborn:   So the breakdown was 2163 for the ring. HST: 281.19 Duties & Fees: 129.78 Total all in: 2573.97  I guess because the jewler charged HST the duties were pretty minimal, if they don’t charge HST your fees will be closer to 14% or so.

 

 ETA: the jewler we dealt with is in the US, but they do a lot of Canadian business, hence why they would have the option to just charge HST outright.  Not sure if MCo would be the same.

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@KhaleesiStormborn:  do you live within a few hours of a border? It might be cheaper to get it shipped to a US address and pick it up. Theres alot of businesses in border cities thatll do it for you. i use detroitmailbox.com in Detroit.

 

Post # 9
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404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I purched from a US jewler as well, I was charged 14.5% HST on my purchase, you will have to pay taxes on whatever you buy, if the ring is made in the US and that is marked on the package you aren’t charged duties. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My FI ordered the ring from a US jeweler and had it shipped to a depot at the Niagara border. If you live near the border, you should look into shipping to US address.

 

Post # 11
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10489 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@zoso90:  Why do the fees go up if there’s no HST charged?

Post # 12
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@AB Bride:  Because duties are, in part, used to recoup what would have been charged in federal and provincial taxes. So for my Ontario centric example, if the HST is charged outright, then the duties are small and only account for other cross boarder fees.  If HST isn’t charged then the duties will include a 13% HST charge plus the cost of those other fees. (The actual amount & name will vary by province). 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@zoso90:  Oh!  So as long as they charged GST here, the separate duty fee would be the same here as ON?  Sorry, I don’t buy much online simply because I had all the extra fees!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@KhaleesiStormborn:  We live in Vancouver, and ship stuff to Blaine right beside the border all the time.  You still have to declare it, and the actual duty usually depends on whether the item is made within NAFTA or not, but there’s several online calculators that can estimate duty.  There’s actually one right on the Canadian Border Services Agency website.  If you were to drive it across yourself and it cost $2000 made within NAFTA duty is estimated at $260.

 

However… if I were you, and needed a little getaway anyway, if you go into the states for 48 hours, you can bring across $800 worth of merchandise per person that’s exempt from duty.  CBSA’s mandate has really changed lately from tax collection to actual security, so if the ring was around $2000, and you had $1600 worth of exemptions, I’d go out on a limb and say that even if you declared the ring, they would probably just let you go.

 

I think the most we’ve attempted to bring across was about $500 worth of stuff with only going across for 20 minutes straight to our mailbox and back, and were just waved through.  I mean… be prepared to pay it, but good chance.  Essentially to actually process a payment at the border is somewhat expensive from a manpower perspective, so they’ll determine whether it’s even worth it.  So, if you had 1600 worth of exemption and 400 brought over on a NAFTA item, they’d collect $52.00 duty.  Last I heard the estimated “cost” of processing an in person duty was about $60.00… so essentially an $8.00 “loss”.

ETA: Links to the calculator/exemptions:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/dte-acl/est-cal-eng.html

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/mobile/rrc-rrp-4-eng.html

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