For years I think the number I used was:
8527 39 10 00
I haven't the faintest idea what EXACTLY the number means but at least I was
never dinged duty on
any radios that came from our friends to the south.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 5:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Importing radios and related equipment from USA
> I just received via Canada Post two shipments from Burghardt in South
> Dakota. One was a roll of Phyllistran (sp?). It was given the
> classification "8527290000 radio receiver without tape". The other was
> grips and thimbles for the Phillystran. It was classified as
> "9503900060 17 Craft Items". In both cases there was no duty but there
> was GST and PST and a $5 brokerage charge.
> I have a Force 12 C4 on order, coming via UPS. The way to avoid having
> to pay UPS brokerage fee is to do the following:
> 1. Don't have it shipped by Air. If you do, the brokerage is included
> in the quoted shipping cost.
> 2. Have the vendor write, "Clears own" in the Special Instructions on
> the waybill and also on the Canada Customs documents.
> 3. Have the vendor send you the UPS tracking number as soon as they
> have shipped it.
> 4. As soon as you get the tracking number, phone local UPS office, tell
> them the tracking number and state that you want to clear it yourself.
> 5. When the shipment arrives UPS will phone you and ask if you want
> them to take care of Customs clearance for you. Instruct every member
> of your family and yourself to say, "NO".
> 6. Now you will have to go to the UPS office, pick up the customs
> paperwork, take it to a Customs office, get them to OK it, pay the pound
> of flesh (PST & GST), take the paperwork back to UPS and they will hand
> your stuff over to you.
> Is it worth $50? Hell, yes.
> Where did I get this info from? UPS
> Does it work? It did the last time I tried it (last summer).
> Hope this helps.
> de Jim Smith VE7FO
> Chris BONDE wrote:
> > Andy:
> > 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".
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