(Closed) Duties/Taxes for wedding dress to Canada – anyone with experience?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
30392 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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tiffanycc :  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 # 6
894 posts
Busy bee

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
36 posts

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 # 9
52 posts
Worker bee


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tiffanycc :  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! 


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