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Have you ever had to pay taxes at the border?

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What about if an ameri-friend brings stuff over to you? I believe they have like a $60 exemption limit? Does that mean they can bring like 5 1gb shuffles without paying anything on them? Would you need receipts to prove how much they cost?
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Tijuana wrote: What about if an ameri-friend brings stuff over to you? I believe they have like a $60 exemption limit? Does that mean they can bring like 5 1gb shuffles without paying anything on them? Would you need receipts to prove how much they cost?

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u0dcameron wrote: I don't understand how do they know whether you bough clothes in the US... or in Canada... or somewhere completely random.

How do they prove you bought something in the US?

I always thought it would be easy to lie especially on something like clothes, especially if I'm wearing the clothes I bought.

Pull you over-check your car-see the bags.

There's RN or CA #s on the tags of clothing (not everything though). It'll tell you if it was sold from the US or Canada.

Ultimately, once they see the bags full of goodies you're toast.

Don't lie, or at least declare the majority of your stuff.
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macnut wrote: Not necessarily - it's just their paperwork that you present at the "secondary inspection" to be assessed tax and maybe duty on the items that you have just declared.

This applies even if you are on a motorcycle, bicycle or are walking over the border.

Of course, if you have given them any reason, inspection of your bags, inner tubes, shoes, etc. will take place.

Have not read the full thread but up to this point so far. I'm interested in the bicycle part as I am thinking of doing a self supporting bicycle tour then a credit card tour meaning I'll be probably camping on lawns if the owner agrees or B&B's, etc.

The part that concerns me is how in a post 9/11 world almost anything how almost anything can be constuded as a weapon or something else. Like I'll likely be having a swiss army knife (all hail MacGuyver!), a flat repair kit, pocket knife, canister backpacker stove (for those no-fire situations), likely a wood stove for the extended trip to save money on canisters (frigging $5/225g urrgh), multitool, mini axe/small hunting/survival knife for wood batoning. The bike, sleeping gear and such I'm sure is not really harmless in view. Anyways just asking if anyone has any experience with bicycle touring carrying tools/repair kits with them.

Also to bring it back to the OP's topic, what if I buy a new fuel canister, or a new knife that got broken, or another tire repair kit, tire, flat inner tube..... do I still have to pay taxes on that if it is in immediate use? Or would the BSO/Canada Service agents take the bike/tires and bags apart just to make sure I am using them? I mean not many places to tire and tube when bicycle touring.

Anyways, thanks in advance.
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rommelrommel wrote: In your tank, no. In jerry cans, a boat, or in a slip tank, yes.

Hmm... so that means if I carry around a ~1000-500mL MSR fuel bottle with petrol for a backpacking stove I'll be charged taxes for the fill up?
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Sorry if this was answered before:

I want to purchase a $1000 product in the states. if I come back to Canada with another person, can we combine our exemptions to cover this product?
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slowtyper wrote: Sorry if this was answered before:

I want to purchase a $1000 product in the states. if I come back to Canada with another person, can we combine our exemptions to cover this product?

No, see the link in my signature.
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thedealhunter2000 wrote: Have not read the full thread but up to this point so far. I'm interested in the bicycle part as I am thinking of doing a self supporting bicycle tour then a credit card tour meaning I'll be probably camping on lawns if the owner agrees or B&B's, etc.

The part that concerns me is how in a post 9/11 world almost anything how almost anything can be constuded as a weapon or something else. Like I'll likely be having a swiss army knife (all hail MacGuyver!), a flat repair kit, pocket knife, canister backpacker stove (for those no-fire situations), likely a wood stove for the extended trip to save money on canisters (frigging $5/225g urrgh), multitool, mini axe/small hunting/survival knife for wood batoning. The bike, sleeping gear and such I'm sure is not really harmless in view. Anyways just asking if anyone has any experience with bicycle touring carrying tools/repair kits with them.

Also to bring it back to the OP's topic, what if I buy a new fuel canister, or a new knife that got broken, or another tire repair kit, tire, flat inner tube..... do I still have to pay taxes on that if it is in immediate use? Or would the BSO/Canada Service agents take the bike/tires and bags apart just to make sure I am using them? I mean not many places to tire and tube when bicycle touring.

Anyways, thanks in advance.

If you're planning on entering the USA I would not describe your tour as self supporting as unless you're a citizen you can't do anything to "support" yourself. I would have some proof of adequate funds and ties to Canada.

As for your question none of that stuff is a real concern. But, anything that you acquire and return with is subject to duties and taxes. There is a provision for emergency repair of a vehicle but "wear items" are not an emergency repair. If you're out for 48 hours you have a 400 CAD exemption and 7 days is 750 CAD so I don't think bicycle tubes are going to be a factor.

And yes, refills of fuel containers are also taxable.

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