Originally Posted by j
Man, that's awful. What ever happened to NAFTA?
Well, NAFTA doesn't apply to goods made outside the NAFTA sphere. This is why we are hammered 18% import duty on English shoes, for example. Even if they are RLPL sold through GVH, if they are made in England, Canada Customs can charge this duty, although we're often lucky if the parcel comes from the US since they often don't check the origins of the item. However, NAFTA doesn't exempt us from federal and provincial sales taxes--these are the ones mentioned by EL72 that add up to 14% (actually 13% in BC). So at the worst, we can be hit for 31%-32% of the declared value.
In addition, however, if the goods are shipped by Fedex or, worse, UPS, there may also be "brokerage" fees assessed for clearing the parcel at the border. That's why all savvy Canadian eBayers and others who buy online always request one of the USPS services, with which there are no such brokerage fees. Some sellers, however, insist on using Fedex (GVH) or UPS (STP). You should have seen the whack I took when I bought a couple of pairs of MTO EGs and they were shipped from England via UPS!