As some of you may already know as of December 27th, 2011 the CBSA has introduced new regulations on customs fees for items imported to Canada (and what I have heard the USA) form most other countries. What I have found as of today, is just how much this will effect all products coming from Japan.
Here is a breakdown of the fees assessment:
• For items marked clothing, they are now subject to a 18% customs fee charge for any product purchased by a business over $20.
• For items marked clothing, they are now subject to a 18% customs fee charge for any product that is marked “gift” over $60.
• On top of the 18%, you are also subject to PST and GST if applicable in your state or province (ex. Mine is 5% PST and 5% GST for a running total of 28%)
• On top of this percentage, Canada Post of $8.50 also now charges you a handling fee.
So, say you declare a package for $200 and mark it as a gift. $60 of this is exempt, therefore, you will be taxed 28% of $140 + $8.50 for a grand total of $47.70, or a grand total of $53.50 if the item is not marked as a gift.
I found this out the hard way today, when I had another package from Japan. It was marked the exact same way as the package I received on December 22, 2011 without charge, and today I was charged $67.55 on a package I had ordered.
I am sharing this with you all, because it could add up to crazy amounts on packages, and the CBSA is not required to announce the change in policy. When I called the CBSA, what I have broke down for you in my post, as well as what I have gathered from Canada post they will begin with the most expensive taxable imports (ex clothing) on large purchases and work from there, until the new system is in place.
I hope this was helpful for you all! <3