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Buying electronics parts in Canada (from Digikey, Mouser, etc)

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Buying electronics parts in Canada (from Digikey, Mouser, etc)

Does anyone have any recent experience buying electronics parts from Digikey, or any of the other global electronics suppliers that only fulfill Canadian orders from US warehouses?

I'm wondering what the current situation is with import fees.

Digikey claims that products bought on their Canadian site, and paid in CAD, will have duty and taxes prepaid. However, their customer service won't tell me if customs brokerage charges will be due on delivery.

For obvious reasons, I'm disinclined to order $25 worth of parts if the package courier-extortionist will demand $250 in brokerage fees just to hand a piece of paper over to customs.
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Nothing like that with Digikey, as recent as a month ago.
You pay the stated price and about $8 to ship, and get it the next day.

I've never had brokerage with Digikey or Mouser Canadian websites.
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middleofnowhere wrote: Does anyone have any recent experience buying electronics parts from Digikey, or any of the other global electronics suppliers that only fulfill Canadian orders from US warehouses?

I'm wondering what the current situation is with import fees.

Digikey claims that products bought on their Canadian site, and paid in CAD, will have duty and taxes prepaid. However, their customer service won't tell me if customs brokerage charges will be due on delivery.

For obvious reasons, I'm disinclined to order $25 worth of parts if the package courier-extortionist will demand $250 in brokerage fees just to hand a piece of paper over to customs.
ya digikey ships with the fastest fedex option for 8 bucks not sure how they swing that. depending on the item some of them have shipped from winnipeg others have shipped from the us but there have never been any extra fees. they charge u tax at checkout if u order off the digikey.ca site so yes u are pre paying the tax Barnes and noble does it like this to and amazon.com to although they call it an import depot fee. also since they us the fastest shipping option via fedex there are no broker fees on that as they are rolled in to the price fedex charges for shipping again idk how digikey can swing shipping fedex proity for 8 bucks or free if u order a large order heck even amazon.com would charge u a fortune to do that.
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I recently ordered off Mouser.ca. It shipped from the US, though since they used USPS, there were no fees for like $21 worth of caps

Had no clue that Digikey.ca ships at $8 to Canada. At the time, I checked the .com site and the rate was something like $20 for shipping
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kramer1 wrote: I recently ordered off Mouser.ca. It shipped from the US, though since they used USPS, there were no fees for like $21 worth of caps

Had no clue that Digikey.ca ships at $8 to Canada. At the time, I checked the .com site and the rate was something like $20 for shipping
ya u have to make sure u order from .ca and not .com. then u get the $8 shipping and its free if the order is over 100 cad.

also when u pay use paypal then if there is any stuff u need/want to return paypal will pay for the return shipping.
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Just ordered from Digikey.ca. Order amount was $110 USD. There is no longer an option to pay in CAD. Fedex is dinging me ~$17 CAD.
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I ordered from Mouser.ca back in March for an order just over $100 CAD.

You have a couple options when you choose shipping. If you choose DDP (ex; UPS Worldwide Express Saver, FedEx International Priority, etc) which is free for CAD orders over $100, then they will charge HST and you won't have anything due at the door.

If you choose FCA, then it's cheaper shipping (ex: $8 for USPS Global Priority Mail), but there's a chance of getting hit with a bill after delivery.
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Ordered ~$25 worth of parts from Digikey.ca back in May. Got charged in CAD, paid via paypal and it shipped from US, no extra brokerage fee. Came within a week as well.
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Ren wrote: Just ordered from Digikey.ca. Order amount was $110 USD. There is no longer an option to pay in CAD. Fedex is dinging me ~$17 CAD.
You must have been on .com site. I just went to place an order and everything is still the same: charges in CAD, $8 FedEx shipping and HST is charged upfront.
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alpovs wrote: You must have been on .com site. I just went to place an order and everything is still the same: charges in CAD, $8 FedEx shipping and HST is charged upfront.

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Nope receipt from Digikey even has a Canadian flag. The fedex charge does seem to coincide on what GST+PST would be.
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Ren wrote: Nope receipt from Digikey even has a Canadian flag. The fedex charge does seem to coincide on what GST+PST would be.
Looks like FedEx is charging you GST only because they charge a $10+tax processing fee in addition to taxes/duties. I don't know how else to explain your experience. See my screenshots from a few hours ago. Everything is in CAD and they say "Duty and customs paid by Digi-Key". I assume you didn't pay taxes when you ordered. Why didn't you stop then, if no taxes and charges in USD? Do you have an account with them? Maybe without account it's different.

P.S. I forgot. See one of my screenshots. You can choose the currency. Maybe you selected USD or it was by default. And maybe you can choose not to prepay taxes.
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alpovs wrote: Looks like FedEx is charging you GST only because they charge a $10+tax processing fee in addition to taxes/duties. I don't know how else to explain your experience. See my screenshots from a few hours ago. Everything is in CAD and they say "Duty and customs paid by Digi-Key". I assume you didn't pay taxes when you ordered. Why didn't you stop then, if no taxes and charges in USD? Do you have an account with them? Maybe without account it's different.

P.S. I forgot. See one of my screenshots. You can choose the currency. Maybe you selected USD or it was by default. And maybe you can choose not to prepay taxes.
Some retailers negotiate with Fedex not to charge brokerage. I wonder if that is the case here.

Edit: never mind I think I was only charged GST. Only way numbers add up.
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Ren wrote: Some retailers negotiate with Fedex not to charge brokerage. I wonder if that is the case here.
It is definitely the case if you pay $8 (or free over $100) for shipping, and prepay taxes. If you got a separate charge from FedEx it definitely not the case. If you are in BC I think you are not supposed to pay PST.
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Ren wrote: Just ordered from Digikey.ca. Order amount was $110 USD. There is no longer an option to pay in CAD. Fedex is dinging me ~$17 CAD.
just added some items to the cart and it was charging $20 for shipping vs the old flat rate of $8 and it says duty and tax will be due at the door were it just use to charge tax upfront no import fee. this is on .ca not com
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What are you guys ordering thats getting dinged for $20 shipping? Must be more than just small components?
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coilz wrote: What are you guys ordering thats getting dinged for $20 shipping? Must be more than just small components?
i added a couple small pc type fans for testing. package would have been small and under a pound.
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aaron158 wrote: just added some items to the cart and it was charging $20 for shipping vs the old flat rate of $8 and it says duty and tax will be due at the door were it just use to charge tax upfront no import fee. this is on .ca not com
Can you post links to what you tried to order? See my post above with screenshots from today. I was offered an $8 flat rate shipping and prepaid taxes. Maybe it depends on what you order or your location. I can try ordering what you tried to order and see what I get for shipping and taxes.
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alpovs wrote: Can you post links to what you tried to order? See my post above with screenshots from today. I was offered an $8 flat rate shipping and prepaid taxes. Maybe it depends on what you order or your location. I can try ordering what you tried to order and see what I get for shipping and taxes.
well here is were it gets even odder. if i add item 259-1798-ND to the cart on digikey.ca on my desktop computer it wants to charge 20 for shipping and says duty will be charged at the door. if i add the same items to the cart on my laptop and go into the checkout it says 8 for shipping and charges the hst and says duty will be paid by digikey so idk both using the same brower both say there on digikey.ca so don't get it.
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aaron158 wrote: well here is were it gets even odder. if i add item 259-1798-ND to the cart on digikey.ca on my desktop computer it wants to charge 20 for shipping and says duty will be charged at the door. if i add the same items to the cart on my laptop and go into the checkout it says 8 for shipping and charges the hst and says duty will be paid by digikey so idk both using the same brower both say there on digikey.ca so don't get it.
Do you have an account with them? Were you logged in on both computers?

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