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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Question for Canadian buyer about duty and customs


1) if I buy a lens or lighting equipment from the US or Japan, is it gonna be the same duty or customs fee?

i read this article: http://www.photoprice.ca/article/tax-duty-brokerage-demystified
it said, "Most photographic equipment is duty free, when imported from most countries, including the States."

so if the lens or camera equipments arrive, there should be no brokerage fee, since no duty fee, and i only pay for the taxes.

I recently bought a second equipment off ebay, they charged me 5x$ for import charges from the US.

is that a mistake or that doesn't apply to lighting equipment?

Ken
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Apr 07, 2017 at 04:42 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Question for Canadian buyer about duty and customs


You normally pay local sales tax (GST/HST/...) and a handling fee of $5 to $10 (not much). Having stuff sent from the US via courier ground (FedEx/UPS/...), can invoke ridiculous handling fees.

I think you may have to pay duty for some lighting and rigging stuff, although I bought a bunch of Westcott X-Drop stands and backgrounds from B&H last year, with no duty charges.



Apr 07, 2017 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Question for Canadian buyer about duty and customs


Is westcott American company?
I just bought some kupo stands from bh, they did charge me the duty. Ta´wanese brand but made in China



Apr 07, 2017 at 10:04 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Question for Canadian buyer about duty and customs


kenji wrote:
I recently bought a second equipment off ebay, they charged me 5x$ for import charges from the US.



DO NOT buy anything from a US seller on eBay if the listing states "Customs services and international tracking provided".

This is essentially a scam being run by eBay, taking advantage of a loophole in Canada's import regulations, where they basically make up whatever customs charges they feel like, and the buyer has no recourse but to pay these charges - which eBay will not disclose until after you have authorized payment by PayPal.



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