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Old 03-11-2000, 11:41 PM   #1
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Question Buying stuff from the states...

Hey, what's the deal with buying things from the states? How can we minimize shipping/duty/GST charges as things cross the border? I've heard of horror stories of people paying like a $30 dollar surcharge on something that costed them $30 dollars! What gives?

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Old 03-12-2000, 12:18 AM   #2
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I got so confused researching into customs charges when the were having the OZ group buy.

For example, if you bought some aftermarket rims from the US, but are made in Italy, then I think it doesn't fall under NAFTA, so I think you'd get charged, along with GST if for personal use. I dunno...

It would be easier for me to take a nice trip down there, mount some rims and a Kartboy shifter and come back. Maybe look into a few tech. jobs too, hehe.

I suppose you could set up your "own" business, then buy stuff from the US. That way it's for resale so you don't pay GST at least...

I think I'll just pick up a bunch of stuff when I go on my trip to Japan instead of cross border shopping...

Any more takes on this?
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Old 03-12-2000, 12:29 AM   #3
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I plan on upgrading to an RS from my TS, if I bought it in the states (for the bumper) would I like have to pay a couple of thousand dollars in duty?? (not really serious, but curious.)

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Old 03-12-2000, 01:27 AM   #4
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Someone mentions that if you mail/ship it through normal postal serivce you will save custom, but I havent' try it yet. I did ship some stuff through UPS and I did pay $20 brokage fee for some $30 stuff!!! So I guess try the states postal service and avoid UPS anyone has any idea??
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Old 03-12-2000, 03:31 AM   #5
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JaiMak, don't know about duty or customs, but when I checked the Transport Canada web site, the 99-00 Impreza doesn't meet our "stringent" bumper crash test standards. I was thinking of buying an American Impreza and importing it. But if I have to swap the bumper, then what's the point?

H5N1, yeah, just get it shipped US Postal Service. Forget UPS/FedEx, they both charge $20-$30 brokerage fees. If you go USPS, then it's price + Duty (if applicable) + GST + PST (in B.C.) + $5 Canada Post handling charge (to collect the GST+PST, go figure, CanPost charges you $5 to collect the PST+GST for the gov't). Though, the handling charge may be higher if you shipping a set of OZ wheels or that v.5 front bumper (don't know for sure).

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Old 03-12-2000, 04:57 AM   #6
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from a lot of experience purchasing Britney stuff from ebay and stuff for my car. USPS is the best way to go. Just make sure they put as "Gift" and a relatively small declared value. =)
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Old 03-12-2000, 08:20 AM   #7
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Alright, I need to step in to correct a few things.

First, the comment about not having to pay GST if its for business/resale. Not true. You still need to pay the GST when it arrives. However, if you have a BN, you can claim the GST back. The government will know you're up to no good though since your not collecting any GST, and are only claiming GST back.

Second, the $5 the post office charges is NOT for collecting GST/PST, its for duty brokerage.

Third, FEDEX DOES NOT charge a duty brokerage fee. That fee is already included in their cost of shipping the package.
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Old 03-12-2000, 11:13 AM   #8

JaiMak, get ur bumper installed and painted in US, but u have to get rid of ur old bumper somewhere in US. It takes a day max, if u go there in the morning, cuz that is what i did. (To Tacoma)
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Old 03-12-2000, 03:01 PM   #9
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Hey Mike-RS, I think your message belongs in the thread "American Front Bumper"
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Old 03-12-2000, 04:49 PM   #10

hey Clement, you know who i am
your message doens't even belong here
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