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    Shipping a watch to the US

    Hi, if I want to ship a watch to the U.S. from Canada and ship it to my hotel in New York, do I have to pay any tax or customs for a watch under 800$? The important note is that I am not a US citizen.
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    Bump, by the way, the carrier is FedEx
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    Re: Shipping a watch to the US

    Why don't you wear it and have the receipt as proof it's owned by you.....


    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    Hi, if I want to ship a watch to the U.S. from Canada and ship it to my hotel in New York, do I have to pay any tax or customs for a watch under 800$? The important note is that I am not a US citizen.
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    Re: Shipping a watch to the US

    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPPER79 View Post
    Why don't you wear it and have the receipt as proof it's owned by you.....

    I assume he's not located with the watch in Canada.
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    Re: Shipping a watch to the US

    Imports of $800 or less are excluded from duty. Make sure the seller describes the item and value correctly.
    https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/nationa...-increases-800

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPPER79 View Post
    Why don't you wear it and have the receipt as proof it's owned by you.....


    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    Hi, if I want to ship a watch to the U.S. from Canada and ship it to my hotel in New York, do I have to pay any tax or customs for a watch under 800$? The important note is that I am not a US citizen.
    Cheers.
    The seller is located in Canada, it's a watch that I want to buy
    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Imports of $800 or less are excluded from duty. Make sure the seller describes the item and value correctly.
    https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/nationa...-increases-800
    So if the price is in CAD and after converting the money it worth under 800 dollar, i am excluded from duty and taxs so it doesn't matter the carrier nor the fact I am not a US citizen?
    Last edited by iBlake; May 18th, 2018 at 08:15.

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    Re: Shipping a watch to the US

    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    The seller is located in Canada, it's a watch that I want to buy

    So if the price is in CAD and after converting the money it worth under 800 dollar, i am excluded from duty and taxs so it doesn't matter the carrier nor the fact I am not a US citizen?
    Correct

    What you need to declare and what you might have to pay when you return to your own country might be another matter though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    The seller is located in Canada, it's a watch that I want to buy

    So if the price is in CAD and after converting the money it worth under 800 dollar, i am excluded from duty and taxs so it doesn't matter the carrier nor the fact I am not a US citizen?
    Correct

    What you need to declare and what you might have to pay when you return to your own country might be another matter though.
    Wonderful,.thanks for helping me out! Really appreciated

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    Re: Shipping a watch to the US

    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    The seller is located in Canada, it's a watch that I want to buy

    So if the price is in CAD and after converting the money it worth under 800 dollar, i am excluded from duty and taxs so it doesn't matter the carrier nor the fact I am not a US citizen?
    Customs is concerned about watches being imported into the U.S. If described correctly the watch should pass to you and you won't have any communication from Customs if they did the inspection or the shipping company if they are acting for Customs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    The seller is located in Canada, it's a watch that I want to buy

    So if the price is in CAD and after converting the money it worth under 800 dollar, i am excluded from duty and taxs so it doesn't matter the carrier nor the fact I am not a US citizen?
    Customs is concerned about watches being imported into the U.S. If described correctly the watch should pass to you and you won't have any communication from Customs if they did the inspection or the shipping company if they are acting for Customs.
    So is there any specific description I should ask the seller to use to avoid any misunderstandings with the customs and have the watch shipped to my hotel safely?

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