TheFinalCost.com - Canadian total shipping fees calculator (brokerage, duty, customs)
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?
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.