Post # 1
I live in Canada and I’m looking at ordering my engagment ring from the US; have any Canadian bees done this? If so were you hit with crazy custom charges? I have no idea how this works and need to be prepared, possibly even decrease the cost of my ring.
Post # 3
@SR: I can’t help in your specific case because I’m not located in Canada.
I’ve used this tool to help me estimate how much I’d have to pay to import things from other countries http://www.dutycalculator.com
Apart from the usual duty and VAT you have to pay, you’ll proabably have to pay extra to the delivery service for “handling” ie doing the import paperwork for you.
Some sellers don’t declare the true value of the merchandise or they declare it as a “gift” and of course it means you’ll pay less duty and VAT. You can ask.