[Bglug] A new definition of Free Trade
pjr at bmts.com
Thu Oct 27 23:14:58 EDT 2016
Prior to the last meeting, there was some correspondence about soldering
and a link to a soldering/rework station available (where else?) on eBay
At least one was displayed at the last meeting and it looked really
promising. So I visited the link, did a little due diligence and ordered
one for the princely sum of $50.99 plus shipping etc of $44.86, or
$95.85. Of course that was in real dollars, not dollarettes. The total
in Canadian dollarettes was C$130.86.
I later found out, from an article by Neil Macdonald on CBC,
there is something called /de minimus /for stuff coming into Canada of
$20. That is, for items coming into Canada, anything over $20 should be
charged duties, taxes etc. While Canada Post is flexible on this (too
much paperwork) the shipping companies like UPS can charge for the
service. And they do. The amount payable on delivery by UPS for duty,
customs paperwork, GST on said paperwork came to C$101. So my $51 item
eventually cost C$230!
US Customs allows Americans to bring in items up to the usual border
crossing allowance of $800.
According to Macdonald's article, Canada spends $160 million to collect
Your tax dollars at work.
Write to Finance Minster Bill Morneaux, Bill.Morneau at parl.gc.ca
<mailto:Bill.Morneau at parl.gc.ca>, and let him know the de minimus should
PS I used this unit to replace three bulging capacitors on a board in a
flickering Samsung monitor. Worked very nicely.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe. - Albert Einstein
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