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    Canadian Customs' Charges - Is this typical?

    Hello All,

    I just received a Seiko SARB065 from Chino Watch in Japan (shipped to Canada through EMS) and was hit with a $99 customs' charge (approx. 22% of the total item cost) - is this typical? Has anyone experienced this before when importing their watches from Japan or other countries?

    Feedback is appreciated.

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    I have paid a 5% duty on higher priced watches and jewelry, but have never been charged any duty on less expensive watches.

    22% is riculous. Are you sure this is a Canada Customs charge, and not a shipper charge for clearing customs?

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    Re: Canadian Customs' Charges - Is this typical?

    Yes. All the time, sadly. The tax varies province by province, but it is all the same significant. I paid $300 or so on a roughly $1000 purchase from the states. I only buy within Canada now unless I have no choice. There are sites where you can calculate the duties you will have to pay.

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    Yeah, but that seems high for that watch. Are you sure it doesn't include some kind of brokerage fee? We get shafted here in Canada. Every time I need to send a watch for servicing or repair to the US, I get charged taxes and duties every single time it comes back. On the same watch I've already paid taxes and duties on before. Sheesh

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    Re: Canadian Customs' Charges - Is this typical?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkingTime View Post
    Every time I need to send a watch for servicing or repair to the US, I get charged taxes and duties every single time it comes back. On the same watch I've already paid taxes and duties on before. Sheesh
    My understanding is that you can avoid this if you declare it upfront.

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    Appreciate the prompt response guys. I actually haven't had a chance to look at the form - the amount was indicated on the slip that was left by Canada Post. I didn't realize the fees could amount to over 20% of the item value.

    Has anyone been successful in disputing/reassessing their charges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cedargrove View Post
    My understanding is that you can avoid this if you declare it upfront.
    How does one do that? I write on the customs form "watch purchased in Canada being sent for repair". Doesn't ever make a difference, really that only helps the service company. Even if they declare that the watch was serviced, I still get charged when it comes back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vik611 View Post
    Appreciate the prompt response guys. I actually haven't had a chance to look at the form - the amount was indicated on the slip that was left by Canada Post. I didn't realize the fees could amount to over 20% of the item value.

    Has anyone been successful in disputing/reassessing their charges?
    Tried many times, was never successful.

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    Re: Canadian Customs' Charges - Is this typical?

    I once sold an Omega SMP to a buyer in the US and for whatever reason he wanted to return it and get his money back. when the watch arrived at my door (in Canada) there was around $300 bill in duties and taxes, I had to sign for the delivery and pay on the spot if I wanted the watch. Luckily I had the original shipping receipt of when I shipped this watch out, so I told the mail man that this was a return, showed the original shipper and he cancelled the fees on the spot.
    Other than this, I've had some hit and misses with taxes and duties. But 20% or so can be expected from my experience.
    I also try to shop within Canada now.

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    Lesson learned. Unless necessary, might as well shop domestically.

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