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Dec 7, 2017 - 9:42:25 AM

tomboden

Switzerland

319 posts since 6/16/2005

Hi all

How much custume will I need to pay if I let an instrument ship from USA into Canada?
I will be in Canada in January and consider that a buy in Instrument in the US and let it ship into Canada, so I can pick it up personally. (I live in Switzerland..)

Also, is there like any way the post office or something similar would hold a shipment for me until I pick it up? Since I travel there I have no address there.

Thanks!

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:10:01 AM

hoodoo

Canada

109 posts since 10/6/2017

Hi,

This is crazy. I was coming here to ask a similar question. I was looking for some advice, because I know that a lot of companies offer free shipping to a US address. I was wondering if I could send it to the nearest post office in the USA and go and drive and pick it up myself. Or if anybody else has used a site like myusaddress.ca? What was your experience?

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:39:08 AM

244 posts since 4/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by hoodoo

I was wondering if I could send it to the nearest post office in the USA and go and drive and pick it up myself. Or if anybody else has used a site like myusaddress.ca? What was your experience?


I live close to the border and do this regularly. I believe that most border crossings will have a depot close by that will offer this service because many Canadians want to do this. You probably don't need an account. However, you likely need to pay duties on a high value item and a small service fee to the depot. It is difficult to know what the duties will be in advance. Generally, I get better deals on most goods ordering within Canada and prefer to avoid the border, but sometimes the price differential is so high I can't justify buying in Canada. This is usually the case for musical instruments.

Edited by - banjopickingman on 12/07/2017 10:45:38

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:41:28 AM

244 posts since 4/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by tomboden


I will be in Canada in January and consider that a buy in Instrument in the US and let it ship into Canada, so I can pick it up personally. (I live in Switzerland..)
 


For shipping an instrument into Canada, you need to be prepared for major lengthy delays. They may be unlikely, but I promise you that they are not unheard of! Unless you are planning to stay for 6 moths or more, I would not do this.

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:45:10 AM

hoodoo

Canada

109 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by banjopickingman
quote:
Originally posted by hoodoo

I was wondering if I could send it to the nearest post office in the USA and go and drive and pick it up myself. Or if anybody else has used a site like myusaddress.ca? What was your experience?


I live close to the border and do this regularly. I believe that most border crossings will have a depot close by that will offer this service. You don't need an account. However, there will likely be duties on a high value item. It is difficult to know what the duties will be in advance. Generally, I get better deals on most goods ordering within Canada and prefer to avoid the border, but sometimes the price differential is so high I can't justify buying in Canada. This is usually the case for musical instruments.


No kidding. By shipping to a US address, I think that I'd save close to 300$ in some cases. So do you use a specific website or do you just use the closest post office's/UPS stores mailing address type thing?

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:48:12 AM
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244 posts since 4/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by hoodoo

No kidding. By shipping to a US address, I think that I'd save close to 300$ in some cases. So do you use a specific website or do you just use the closest post office's/UPS stores mailing address type thing?


There is a small depot just across the border from where I live. They basically specialize in this service. I send purchases to their address in my name. They hold it for me and charge a small fee each time. There is also a USPS post office where you can rent a box, which can be cheaper if you use it enough, but I don't.

Edited by - banjopickingman on 12/07/2017 10:50:31

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:50:41 AM

hoodoo

Canada

109 posts since 10/6/2017

Ok. Sorry for asking so many questions, but who runs the depot? Is it the US Postal Service? The US Government or a specific company?

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:53:06 AM

244 posts since 4/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by hoodoo

Ok. Sorry for asking so many questions, but who runs the depot? Is it the US Postal Service? The US Government or a specific company?


It's private. Here is their website: http://www.porthill.us/depot

It is literally about 50 metres from the border crossing.

Dec 7, 2017 - 11:45:40 AM

Texaspaul Players Union Member

USA

251 posts since 6/2/2011

If you are taking an instrument across international boundaries does the CITES laws on exotic woods require a permit as well as duties.

Dec 7, 2017 - 12:12 PM

majesty

Canada

235 posts since 3/20/2011

Duty and taxes would be about $165. CDN. on an item $1000. U.S. dollars. Of course, $1000. U.S. dollars is $1283. CDN. dollars at today's rate exchange. The duty does not go any higher, according to what I read.
There are many cross border companies that hold your parcel for you. They ask for only your name and phone number usually. In Ontario, Buffalo and Port Huron Mi. have pick up locations.They are not expensive. They call you when your parcel is ready. You will only worry about CITES if you buy a banjo with the banned woods. You could look up the specs on most banjos to find out before you buy one. You could also look up the CITES website for more information on banned substances. Hope this helps.

Dec 7, 2017 - 1:58:34 PM

hartley

Canada

76 posts since 1/23/2010
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When you import an American made item into Canada. Federal and provincial taxes apply . Federal tax GST 5% . Provincial tax Alberta 0% other provinces vary . I use at the border storage 5.00 fee for items under 25 # . They will hold the item for pickup . If you track then you will know when it arrives . I label my name then phone# at the top then care of at the border etc. They phone me the day after arrival . Labor is not taxable so do not claim shipping at the customs or the will tax you on it . They just want their money. Saved 1,500.00 on truck tires . Not unusual to save 100.00-200.00 depending on item . when the exchange was better it would pay to drive The 6 hr trip with an old friend and make a day of it.

Dec 7, 2017 - 3:16:25 PM

Dave Churm

Canada

39 posts since 7/24/2007

Hartley has got it straight, in Ontario it is 5% and 8%, and should be manufactured in USA or Mexico, under NAFTA.
But do know how long this will be honoured. They are in the middle of negoiations right now. (excuse my spelling). I use SGS mailboxes 45 min. from me in Niagara Falls NY.
I have brought Yamaha instruments back to Canada, with no problems except pay the taxes.
Good Luck

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:30:21 AM

Yury

Canada

104 posts since 4/3/2017

If this is still relevant. You can buy from 12th Fret in Toronto. They ship a lot of instruments and are very reputable. They carry a lot of stock in-store.
Another option would be Long and Mcquade. It's a chain with many locations across Canada. I, however, would think twice with them because they are not banjo specialists and probably will not set it up. 12th Fret has an awesome banjo person who will do the job right. 

Edited by - Yury on 12/25/2017 07:33:00

Dec 25, 2017 - 11:18:16 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

1070 posts since 6/19/2014
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If you start in Canada, leave (go into the US, for example), stay away for at least 48 hours, and then come back, you can bring $800 Can worth with no tax or duty to pay at all. I frequently do this when ordering things from the States — I have it shipped to a depot just the other side of the border, then I take a vacation, one I was already planning, and pick up the package on the way back. My only cost (not counting the hotel — I would have paid for that anyway) is the $5 charge at the parcel depot.

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:55:13 PM

lazyarcher

Canada

6923 posts since 4/19/2004

I use Bluewater Shipping Depot in Port Huron all the time. $5/parcel, they hold for 30 days free. I've brought numerous instruments back. Seems about 50/50 that I get sent in to pay taxes vs waved through. Have never paid any duty--just the 13% HST..however they could get you with around 6% duty if offshore instruments.

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:04:28 AM

alprice Players Union Member

USA

1105 posts since 9/9/2005

Another option, depending on where in Canada you go, is to order through a dealer in Canada and pick up. The Twelfth Fret in Toronto is a great shop.

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