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Subject: [Towertalk] Importing radios and related equipment from USA
From: (Chris BONDE)
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 14:08:49 -0700
 From my experince,  if marked "amateur radio equipment only" on the 
waybill and blading plus the description of the goods, then there should be 
no duty.  However, the taxes will be levied. GST orHVT etc.

Go to your library or to the government site.  Try to find the class 
subclass of the goods, to be armed at the border.  Also check out the 
RAC.CA site.

Donot let the vendor ship across the border via UPS.  UPS will do it to 
you.  From all the experinces and stories, they are bad news for going 
across the border, last I heard minimu CA$50 for their inhouse border 
brokers  to look at the package.  Better to use the post office.   The best 
is if you can have it delivered to a site near to the border, pick it up 
yourself.  Now, I was told not to open the package until I was at the 
Canadian border.  But the Canadian customs said not true, but that was this 
officer.  I am not sure now after the WTC what would be the best 
method.  Ask the Canadian and US customs whether to open or keep closed the 
package.  Fear you might pocket some stuff.

Further, check out with the US on whether you can obtain a duty and tax 
rebate when taking it across the border out of the country.  I know in 
cases you can when taking the goods out of Canada.  (especially the 
GST)  (sometimes all GST for US visitors)

Chris opr VE7HCB
So, check out, checkout.  Best bring across the border yourself and know 
the customs classes etc for the goods.  Generally, no duty for 
"experimental radio equipment".

At 02:58 PM 2002-08-15 -0400, Andrew Pfeiffer wrote:
>Perhaps some of you fellow Canadians would remember the Canadian
>regulation as far as importing Amateur radio related goods from the USA.
>Do I have to pay duty and taxes on it or not?
>Where I can find such a regulation?
>Your help in this matter would be appreciated.
>Andy - VA3PL

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