Post # 1
I’m looking to get a particular wedding dress from another country.
The dress is reduced substantiallly from it’s original price.
I’m worried about how Canadian customs works as I’m afraid they’ll charge me based on the retail amount and not what I paid, despite a receipt in the box etc.
I’m looking to pay around $2k cdn.
Does anyone have any experience with this scenario?
Thanks a lot bees!!!
Post # 2
You didn’t say where you are buying the dress. It makes a difference. If the country is in NAFTA, here is no duty only taxes.
Post # 3
Good Point!!! The item is made in Israel. Sadly, that’s definitely not part of NAFTA 🙁
Post # 4
Most often you will only be charged taxes on the declared value, so if it is used it is no longer valued at the retail price.
Post # 5
I was going to get a dress from China, but the 50-50 chance of getting hit with duties turned me off. I found the following article interesting.
Canada losing out on more than $1 billion in taxes and duties on foreign online retail sales, study reveals
Post # 6
How would you be charged for retail price? I don’t think any country’s officers are THAT efficient to look up retail price for every single item that comes through. You’ll be charged whatever the declared value is, which is the price you purchase for. If you’re worried, just ask the seller to declare it the price you paid, and used/sample if it is.
Post # 7
I bought a sample dress online from a store in California recently…and brought it back to Canada in my luggage!
Duty and taxes are paid on the declared value only. If you have the dress shipped to you directly in Canada, be ready to pay the local taxes (so 15% for Quebec) and the duty rate for clothing is 18% (from what I remember).
If you travel to that country and bring the dress back with you like I did, you pay taxes (15% for Quebec) and a special duty rate (7%) on the amount OVER the personal exemptions (800$ if you leave Canada for at least 48 hours).
Also, some couriers make you pay a brokerage fee, like UPS.
Post # 8
Thanks for that insight. Sadly, I’ve ordered stuff from the U.S. before (handbags) and the folks there actually looked up the retail value and charged me full price despite the fact that it was a used bag and I paid significantly less. LOL. So, I hope you’re right!
That was a great article to read through! Thanks very much for sending it my way! So, what I’m learning is do NOT send through a big company like FedEx etc
Ah, so maybe if the costs are ridiculous I’m better off just taking a two day vacation and bringing my dress back (if I buy from the states).
Thanks to all of the bees for your responses thus far. Everyone has been very helpful!
Post # 9
I actually bought a dress off of Preowned and the declared value was $1000 (i paid much more) but only got taxed on it (242 CAD) when she shipped it up from New jersey. I hope that helps. Good luck!