Hi fellow Cannuck (and apologies to anyone living outside of Canada for making a Canada-only relevant thread).
How are you planning on having your GF shipped to you?
I looked at the price difference between shipping a pro unit to Canada ($603), and shipping to US ($175). Since I live within an hour of the US, I figured it would be cheaper to use a mailbox service in the US and pick it up myself. I found “myUSAddress.com”, and they charge $5 per package under 150lbs (I’m assuming 2 packages, one for the GF-70lbs and one for the filter-40lbs).
So for $185 + the cost of gas, I can have it shipped and pick it up in the US. But then we have to clear customs with it, and here is where I’m not sure how things work, and I’m doing some research. If anyone has any insights, that would be great.
When you import a product, you have to pay duty and tax on it. I think whether we have it shipped to Canada or pick it up in the US, we would have to pay this amount (either to the shipper who would charge us on delivery, or at the border in person).
I used this page to calculate the duty + tax: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/dte-acl/est-cal-eng.html I used the category “outdoor living -> power tools”. I’m not sure if there’s a better one.
It estimates tax and duty at $650 (if I put the cost at 5000 -- the Canadian value changes periodically, so I have to guesstimate the actual cost). I think that means that we are not paying any duty on power tools, but have to pay 13% tax.
Does anyone have different information or insights about shipping/importing to Canada?