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Customs fees when importing tires

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Customs fees when importing tires

Hi,

I would like to import tires from the USA.

I would get them shipped to a drop off location near the border in the USA, then pick them up from there and bring them back to Canada.

My question is are there duties, fees, ... Over the usual taxes I would have to pay.

I would expect to pay the federal and provincial taxes on the price I paid for the tires, but are there other fees? Does the country in which the tires were manufactured make a difference?

Thanks.
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Technically, there could be duty and/or other frees

If the country of manufacture for the tires is outside of NATA then you could be charge duty. Phone Customs and they will tell you the rate,

Practically, however, I've brought lots of stuff back from the States and have never been charged duty on any of it.

The only other fee that might be charged is if your province has a tire levy. CBSA might charge you that as well.
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tirerack in the usa seems to charge 6 percent duty on all their sales to canadians. i assume they just keep the money because customs hardly ever charges duty
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AMD wrote:
May 15th, 2008 4:00 pm
Hi,

I would like to import tires from the USA.

I would get them shipped to a drop off location near the border in the USA, then pick them up from there and bring them back to Canada.

My question is are there duties, fees, ... Over the usual taxes I would have to pay.

I would expect to pay the federal and provincial taxes on the price I paid for the tires, but are there other fees? Does the country in which the tires were manufactured make a difference?

Thanks.
you can deliver the tires to ups customer service center or a usa garage that will install for you.
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mistake wrote:
May 15th, 2008 7:40 pm
you can deliver the tires to ups customer service center or a usa garage that will install for you.
And you will still have to pay duties and/or taxes since it was still a purchase. Just because you're using or wearing it when you cross the border doesn't mean you're exempt.
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Hi,

I am planning to order tires from tirerack.com and have them delivered to freeportforwarding.com (right across the border, not far from Montreal).

I am planning to buy 8 tires, so I wouldn't be able to just install them on the car and pretend they were on the car before crossing the border!

I'll try and find where the tires I want are made. Don't know where I could find that though!

Thanks for your answers.
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:arrowu: Phone the manufacturer / US Distributor and ask them
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Ok well they are made in Japan.

So I guess worst case is I'll have to pay 6% duty, which is still not bad considering the price in the US is so much lower than in Canada.
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AMD wrote:
May 16th, 2008 7:19 am
Ok well they are made in Japan.

So I guess worst case is I'll have to pay 6% duty, which is still not bad considering the price in the US is so much lower than in Canada.
my auto parts were japanese and did not incur duty. went through customs via fedex broker. only paid gst and pst.

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