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Canadians: Paying Duty on BABY items bought in the US?

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mela lu

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Hi fellow Canadians


Can anyone tell me what the rules are at the border for bringing BABY items back from the US? I''m specifically thinking of a stroller, and of course, essentials like diapers.

Any official links about this; listing what you pay duty on and what you don''t?

THANKS!
 

mela lu

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That was good, but HILARIOUS that I''d have to be in the US for 7 days and I still wouldn''t be exempt from duty on a Bugaboo.


I didn''t see anything there about diapers...we were thinking of stocking up, but only if there was no duty.
 

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Date: 2/11/2009 10:52:55 AM
Author: mela lu
That was good, but HILARIOUS that I''d have to be in the US for 7 days and I still wouldn''t be exempt from duty on a Bugaboo.



I didn''t see anything there about diapers...we were thinking of stocking up, but only if there was no duty.
From what I read there is duty on everything except for those small personal exemption amounts....but I am no expert!
 

mela lu

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Thats what I''ve turned up too...but I''ve *heard* otherwise. I won''t believe it until I see it in Gov''t print.


Thanks Neat!

Looks like I''m buying a Bugaboo and paying an extra 14% tax on it.
That''s about $140 extra.
I HATE paying that much tax!
 

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Date: 2/11/2009 11:13:35 AM
Author: mela lu
Thats what I''ve turned up too...but I''ve *heard* otherwise. I won''t believe it until I see it in Gov''t print.


Thanks Neat!

Looks like I''m buying a Bugaboo and paying an extra 14% tax on it.
That''s about $140 extra.
I HATE paying that much tax!
When you import goods from the US there are two additional charges levied: taxes (14%) and import duties (can vary from 5% to 20% or greater depending on the category of goods). The personal amount allowed when you have been in the US for a given period of time exempts you from both types of fees. In addition, some goods, like diamonds, are exempt from import duties, btu you still pay taxes on such exempted goods. But other than those two circumstances, if you imported goods from the US you will be hit with both fees. I think that would make any baby goods too expensive to import, which is the whole point of the duties! The canadian gov''t doesn''t want us spending our money in the US, they want us spending it here! So they equalize with duties.

But even *if* you could buy baby goods in the US without paying import duties or taxes on them, with the exchange rate being so bad, I am not sure you would save too much buying it in the US anyways. You need to add 25% to any US price these days
and I think that totally eliminates any substantial savings on most baby goods. Diamonds are still less expensive though
 

mela lu

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You make very good point Dreamer. Tis true - especially about le diamonde''s!!

We were just thinking...*if* we were in the ''hood, what are we looking at....

I think we''re now "looking at" staying home. LOL!
 

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Not worth it, IMO
As DD said, with the exchange, taxes, gas $ etc. i doubt there would be much of a savings

I did hit up Target in Buffalo when the dollar was par, but now, nope. Only a * really* good exchange rate and a *really* good sale on something can drag me to that city (sorry to any buffalo dwellers)
 

mela lu

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I''ve still never been to Buffalo. I keep telling DH that I want to ''shuffle off to Buffalo'' at least once in my life. lol.
 
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