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Sep 25, 2020 - 5:41:59 PM

Bill H


1394 posts since 11/7/2010

I am planning to ship a banjo to Canada. Does anyone have knowledge of any special requirements or procedures to follow?

Sep 25, 2020 - 6:14:32 PM

13375 posts since 10/30/2008

In "normal times" I would say either drive over the border and deliver or have the buyer drive to NH and pick it up. But with the border closed to non-essential traffic due to COVID, you may have to get quite creative. If you ship it into Canada, the buyer is going to have to pay some kind of duty. You should start praying that there is no CITES wood or elephant teeth in it.

Sep 25, 2020 - 9:43:02 PM
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5284 posts since 10/12/2009

I just shipped an RK banjo to Ontario 2 weeks ago.

I didnt sell it with a case, and after talking with the buyer, i took the banjo apart and shipped pot and neck seperately.

Stopped by my local Post Office a day before i shipped, picked up Customs paperwork, filled them out, took them to the Post Office with the two packages and shipped, no problem, got delivered to the buyer in 8 days.

Now, i will say this was a 1 yr old banjo, no "exotic" or restricted woods on it or anything, and the Post Office never questioned me about anything like that.

Easy peasy.....but expensive!

Sep 26, 2020 - 11:20:06 AM

Bill H


1394 posts since 11/7/2010

I'm shipping a 1924 Whyte Laydie #2 open back with case. I can't imagine anything restricted--it's maple, ebony, brass, steel, plastic. I have heard of delays with USPS, so I was thinking UPS. I don't know anything about the required paperwork, but I am assuming UPS will have any needed forms. I really don't want the buyer waiting because of some delay due to my ignorance though,

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

Sep 26, 2020 - 1:34:47 PM

Bart Veerman


4730 posts since 1/5/2005

Unlike USPS, UPS is not a customs bonded broker. Meaning, if you ship via UPS then your customer will have to pay UPS some hefty brokerage fees on top of the shipping charge.

There are no duties on banjos coming to Canada from the US, only sales tax on the value you declare.

Folks are pretty much aware that shipping takes a bit longer these days so if your customer is OK with that then don't worry about that.

Edited by - Bart Veerman on 09/26/2020 13:35:41

Sep 27, 2020 - 6:07:03 AM



407 posts since 8/9/2019

Use only USPS. Anyone else will incur a huge brokerage fee.

No CITES nonsense applies to your instrument.

Sep 28, 2020 - 1:20:55 PM

4567 posts since 3/6/2006

FWIW, about 15 years ago I shipped a banjo from here in Maine to a guy in BC, via the USPS, and he shipped one to me, via Canada Post. It was an even swap, no money involved, and I don't recall there was much paper work involved, and no taxes. They were both vintage banjos (the one I sent had a rosewood neck) There were no glitches on this end, although it sat in customs in BC for about two weeks.

Sep 29, 2020 - 11:55:33 AM



12970 posts since 8/30/2006
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I concur, we have a contact facility at the border, or you get the use of a nice dock

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