Duties and Taxes

​What taxes can I expect to pay on my imports to Canada?

What taxes can I expect to pay on my imports to Canada? When importing in a business name where goods are for commercial use, the Canadian importer can expect to pay GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 5% which is...

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Why is there duty on some of my invoices but not on others?

If your goods are manufactured in North America, qualified under NAFTA and a valid NAFTA certificate is provided then the goods would be duty free - if they are not qualified under NAFTA, or they are qualified ...

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What is Anti-dumping and Countervailing duty (SIMA)?

Additional duty imposed on certain imported products, to protect domestic producers from dumped and subsidized imports ( unfairly-traded imports ) that cause or threaten injury. The products subject to these sp...

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I paid duty when I imported my goods from the U.S. How can I get it back?

It's possible to be refunded duties paid on US, Canada, or Mexico goods shipped within North America as long as a valid NAFTA Certificate can be provided for those goods. A & A can then file the applicable ...

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Why do wheat and wheat products, and barley and barley products have different duty rates, at different times of the year?

The different duty rates are referred to as the "Within and Over Access" quota. The Within access quota duty rates are available to all importers of wheat and wheat products, and barley and barley products unti...

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Can I reduce my duty payable by deducting the amount from freight?

Yes you can reduce your duty payable by the amount of freight. However, to deduct freight, that amount must be the actual freight charges from where the goods began their continuous journey to Canada.

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A friend is sending me a gift by the mail, do I have to pay duty and tax?

For an item to qualify as a "gift" it must be sent from a friend or relative and be clearly identified as a gift. It must also be worth less than $60 Canadian. If it is worth more than $60 Canadian, then dut...

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Should I have a carnet for my goods?

A Carnet is like a passport for your goods that allows for temporary import in / out to 85 countries worldwide. It allows for duty and tax free entry and is valid for up to 12 months. A Carnet is applied for th...

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What do I do if I have discovered an error in the classification of my goods that resulted in a reduction in the amount of duty?

If the error results in a reduction in duty, you can adjust your records going froward (leaving past entries as is). Another option is that you can adjust your records and refund claims can be filed on past imp...

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What do I do if I have discovered an error in the classification of my goods that resulted in an increase in the amount of duty?

If the error results in an increase in duty, you can adjust your records going forward. It is important to file corrections within 90 days from the day of discovery. These adjustments also cover the past 4 year...

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