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Old 04-07-2010, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Taxes/Duties For Buying a Coat

Since sierras having a 70% off sale on jackets I was interested in buying one but I don't want to end up paying an insane amount of duties, taxes and what ever else they charge you for.

Does anyone have any experience buying a coat or any other soft goods from sierra and having them ship it to Canada? If so how much did you end up paying on top of the original cost?
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pick Fed Ex Priority and you'll pay GST and ~$10 for clearance.

That's been my experience. I paid $24 at the door for Snowboard and Bindings ($365 order) and $14 for a jacket and pants ($85 order) for my daughter. I just ordered some more stuff for the kids this morning. I like Sierra's end of season sale, no matter what anyone says...

The only thing that sucked was the jacket and pants I ordered for my daughter are way too big. it's too much of a hassle to return, so I'll just put them in the closet till she grows into them... I deceded to order her the right size this AM.

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Old 04-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any experience buying a coat or any other soft goods from sierra and having them ship it to Canada? If so how much did you end up paying on top of the original cost? - Canadian total shipping fees calculator (brokerage, duty, customs)

Here's a quick calculator.

You'll have to pay GST/PST or HST (if it's been implemented by the time of your shipment)

Generally, if it is made in North America, it's duty free under NAFTA. You might want to check with Sierra to make sure it is actually made in North America as opposed to made in China and resold in the US.

And you'll want to check how the shipper works on brokerage fees. Some, like UPS, seem to have significant minimum charges and they'll want that and the tax at the door. Others, like FEDEX, only ship internationally by their express method, which can easily eat up any cost saving on a lower brokerage fee, but you'll pay the shipping at checkout and they'll only want the tax at the door. Sometimes that's cheaper and sometimes it just seems cheaper because you're paying some at time of purchase and some at delivery. USPS/Canada Post is generally the cheapest (like the actual postage cost + $8 handling + PST/GST), but takes 6-10 days.

Most of the beaking you'll hear is really about the brokerage/handling fee. For whatever reason, people assume that's "duty" being charged by the gov't.

And you need to watch the "creative" marketing: low brokerage fee, but higher shipping cost or vica versa. Just like cell phone bills with lower rates and higher "system access" fees.

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