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Are duties/taxes charged for the pre or post shipping price?

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Are duties/taxes charged for the pre or post shipping price?

I ordered some bedding from France, which was cheaper than the price from a local retailer, but I am not sure how the duties + taxes work.

For instance, if the price is $500 + $100 dollars shipping, are the duties + taxes calculated on the $500 or the $600? If it's the former, it's cheaper to import, but if it's the latter, it's more expensive.
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Does the set from France include a top sheet? When I asked at the Hotel for one they said that they don't use them in France.
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tew wrote: Does the set from France include a top sheet? When I asked at the Hotel for one they said that they don't use them in France.
It was from Brun de Vian Tiran, they sell duvets/blankets/pillows/throws, but no sheet sets.
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On the declared value of the item, which the sender will put on the declaration form. So be careful if a website does the shady markup price then puts it on "sale" for 80% off - because you may well get charged for the full "MSRP" not the "sale" (actual) price.
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it should just be the the value of the product
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dannydevito wrote: I ordered some bedding from France, which was cheaper than the price from a local retailer, but I am not sure how the duties + taxes work.

For instance, if the price is $500 + $100 dollars shipping, are the duties + taxes calculated on the $500 or the $600? If it's the former, it's cheaper to import, but if it's the latter, it's more expensive.
Landed cost, so $600
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Kasakato wrote: Landed cost, so $600
This
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publication ... 5-eng.html

This clause from the Customs Act, matters very little if you are going to buy something while travelling, or heading stateside to pick up an item from a Parcel Drop (such as a US Post Office, UPS Office etc)

But can matter greatly if you are using the service of a Courier / Customs Broker to import an item into Canada
(Less so if you use a Postal Service ... like USPS etc, where ALL IN shipping costs tend to be smaller than those including the use of a Broker )
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A lot of sellers offer free shipping, so the purchase price I paid takes into account this expense as well as packaging and handling costs. So, how is CBSA supposed to know if I, the importer, paid extra for shipping?
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Kasakato wrote: Landed cost, so $600
Ugh thanks, I didn't manage to cancel the order before it shipped, lesson learned. Now just hoping there aren't any tacked on FedEx fees and I escape with paying just a bit more than the local price, which is way more expensive when comparing base prices, but shipping and duties are the great equalizer.

Usually wouldn't bother with the hassle, but I scour the ends of the internet for good bedding.
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Ok, but what r ur pyjamas like?
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dannydevito wrote: Ugh thanks, I didn't manage to cancel the order before it shipped, lesson learned. Now just hoping there aren't any tacked on FedEx fees and I escape with paying just a bit more than the local price, which is way more expensive when comparing base prices, but shipping and duties are the great equalizer.

Usually wouldn't bother with the hassle, but I scour the ends of the internet for good bedding.
FedEx will add brokerage, disbursement and possibly ROD fees depending on the service used. I would look into self clearing if that's an option for you.
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Kasakato wrote: FedEx will add brokerage, disbursement and possibly ROD fees depending on the service used. I would look into self clearing if that's an option for you.
Thanks, it was via FedEx international economy. I'll look into self clearance, it's slated to get here Wednesday. I think this is the first time where I didn't have the option to prepay the duties, so it's a little worrying with potential hidden fees and unknown declared values.

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