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GST and shipping to Canada (personal use)


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted July 01 2013 - 09:15 AM

I'm confused. I shipped a bike for my use to ride in a upcoming tour to Banff, Alberta via FedEx. I live in Massachusetts.  Apparently, Canadian customs charged GST on the person the package was delivered too that FedEx forced to pay otherwise they wouldn

t deliver the package..    Is this correct, should the person have been charged the GST on a  bike that will eventually make it's way back to the USA?   I basically shipped the bike versus taking it with me on an airline...

 

All the websites I have googled seem to imply buying goods from the USA is subject to GST.. I couldn't find anthing that matched my situation.  

 

The lady at the FedEx counter wrote "for personal use" on the bill...And I called FedEx and they sent me some form that they said would work or something...

 

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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Edwin-S

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Posted July 01 2013 - 07:11 PM

Was the GST on the value of the bike or on the value of the shipping? GST is applicable to the shipping.


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Posted July 01 2013 - 07:16 PM

I do not believe they should have been paying GST on the bike, since it is not a purchase. If they did get charged GST for the bike then they should get a hold of Canada Customs and Excise and ask why they were charged GST on a non-purchase.


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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted July 02 2013 - 10:44 AM

I really don't know exactly what the tax was based on.  I did have a declared value but I think part of the fee which was just under $100 was also a "brokerage fee" which is what I learned from google so I can't really reverse engineer the thing until I find out what is GST and what is a fee. 

 

Its even more complicated than that as I am the one that shipped the bike and I payed for the shipping fee. which was even a bigger surprise to the recipient when FedEx asked THEM for money!!!  

 

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