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Anyone understand how to calculate for duty and tax for importing MANY UNITS from USA to Canada?

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Anyone understand how to calculate for duty and tax for importing MANY UNITS from USA to Canada?

Hi all, we are newbies and we recently saw a great deal on Amazon.com ... and we purchased them A LOT! It's like 90% of discount! We thought we might be able to make a profit in Canada (no plan yet). The forwarder in USA (which will bring our goods to Canada for a fees) said because of so many units (over 500 units but they all in separated smaller packages), it's better for us to have a business account with them instead, so they will have their broker do the custom stuffs for us.

We are wondering for duty and taxes, is it based on the final price we paid (including shipping fees, local tax, etc) OR the Original price of each unit? Because that could makes a huge diff! Anyone?
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Thank you. So on the Amazon invoice, it says like this, do we pay duty and taxes based on $2949+$43.54 OR $5.64 (this is the amount I paid for total order)? If it's $5.64 then it sounds like nothing for so many items ... But we paid through Amazon platform on a deal promotion ...

Order Summary
Item(s) Subtotal:USD 2909.77
Shipping & Handling:USD 63.54
Free Shipping:-USD 63.54
Promotion Applied:-USD xxx
Promotion Applied:-USD xxx
Total before tax:USD 4.45
Estimated tax to be collected:USD 0.00
Grand Total:USD 4.45
Payment Grand Total:CAD 5.64
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WHAT did you buy for US $4.45 that was worth US $2,909?
You won't get away with declaring $5.64. If what you paid is less than the fair market value of the goods, then the fair market value will apply for the purpose of calculating duty and tax.
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Thank you for your response. So we will use 2909 as value to calculate duty and taxes ... correct?
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Kiraly wrote: WHAT did you buy for US $4.45 that was worth US $2,909?
You won't get away with declaring $5.64. If what you paid is less than the fair market value of the goods, then the fair market value will apply for the purpose of calculating duty and tax.
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