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Anyone try CrossBorderPickup?

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LongLiveRFD wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 8:14 pm
Value USD$88, not including 7% NY State Tax

CBP quoted:
Duty CAD$13.16 (@11%)
HST CAD$17.27 (if @13%, HST->$15.12)
88USD to 119.64CAD
You owe HST on 13.16 plus 119.64 or 132.80 total. At 13% thats 17.26

HST is 13%.
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Kasakato wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 2:16 pm
88USD to 119.64CAD
You owe HST on 13.16 plus 119.64 or 132.80 total. At 13% thats 17.26

HST is 13%.
Thanks. I can get to the 4th decimal now.

The trick is to back out the FX inferred by duty, then apply HST on duty.

Somehow CBP used prior week's FX, while I used the current day FX per their calculator...
https://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/excha ... nge-rates/

Jan 2nd 1.3600 (CBP used this to calculate duty)
Jan 5th order made
Jan 9th 1.3221 (CBP sent approval on this rate on 10th)

A 2.8% slippage.
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LongLiveRFD wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 3:59 pm
Thanks. I can get to the 4th decimal now.

The trick is to back out the FX inferred by duty, then apply HST on duty.

Somehow CBP used prior week's FX, while I used the current day FX per their calculator...
https://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/excha ... nge-rates/

Jan 2nd 1.3600 (CBP used this to calculate duty)
Jan 5th order made
Jan 9th 1.3221 (CBP sent approval on this rate on 10th)

A 2.8% slippage.
I noticed the same on my transaction but it was only less than a buck. At least when you cross yourself the rate is that days.
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Kasakato wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 4:04 pm
I noticed the same on my transaction but it was only less than a buck. At least when you cross yourself the rate is that days.
Well, lesson learned.
1. Just buy/ship direct but settle in USD (via any FX Conversion free CC) would be the best bet for most consumer small orders. For my order, it's only 3% more than using CBP.
2. If not, CBP being cheapest, but extra fuel cost and stress for correcting them and the driving to pick up in GTA. That's it if they don't misread country of origin on product labels.
3. Try to avoid paying in CAD to US sellers. 5% more than #2 for zero benefits

I simply don't order enough to justify the 2-9 hr traffic jam.

And it's not like our resource sectors and the Canadian Rupee is going to help x-border shoppers for a very long time.
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Picked up my parcel today at CBP Markham, everything went as expected.

1. The label was indeed Made in China. But I was told no matter where it's made, duty must be paid.
2. You can forward the pickup email to anyone and have anyone pick up on your behalf. No ID check, only provided the account number.
3. Their Markham location can't handle crate, the door being too small. Mississauga is the only option.
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"But I was told no matter where it's made, duty must be paid." NOT SO and Illegal, many items can be imported duty free into Canada.
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Just a FYI that even though the courier/delivery company says "they attempted delivery at X:XX time and CBP was closed" doesn't actually mean they attempted delivery. Case in point: I have package coming from Amazon to my office here in Markham and according to Purolator tracking, they "attempted delivery at 4:30pm yesterday" => Not true I was here the whole time. I think what happens is the driver is behind and sometimes they don't even try to deliver some packages, they just say they do.

Lesson to be learned, don't trust what the courier company says about attempting delivery...just be patient and CBP will notify you when they have your package - at that time they usually ask for invoice value etc.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!

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