[Bglug] A new definition of Free Trade

ted leslie ted.leslie at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 00:28:11 EDT 2016

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I can't understand the 101$ extra dollars, duty isn't that high a
percentage, and the extra "paperwork"? just tell them to take a flyer. In
all my orders to the US, never seen a hit like you took.


On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 11:14 PM, Peter <pjr at bmts.com> wrote:

> Hi all:
> Prior to the last meeting, there was some correspondence about soldering
> and a link to a soldering/rework station available (where else?) on eBay http://r.ebay.com/1EYip9.
> 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,
> *http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/online-shopping-cross-border-duties-taxes-de-minimus-macdonald-1.3814681*,
> 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
> $39 million.
> Your tax dollars at work.
> Write to Finance Minster Bill Morneaux, Bill.Morneau at parl.gc.ca, and let
> him know the de minimus should be raised.
> Peter Richards
> PS I used this unit to replace three bulging capacitors on a board in a
> flickering Samsung monitor. Worked very nicely.
> --
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