Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/30

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Air freight shipments - UK to Canada
From: "Lee, Ken" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 13:51:58 -0400

Well Tim, it sound like your lucky streak is over! My experience has been
different. Canada Post and Canada Customs have always been a picture of
efficiency. I always get charged the 5 bucks plus duty and GST. Last week it
was a piece of interior trim for my Alfa from the UK, but the same applies
to computer, darkroom and Leica stuff.  Next time I need something imported,
I'll use your name.

Ken aka Tim

- -----Original Message-----
From: Tim Atherton []
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 12:23 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Air freight shipments - UK to Canada

> The rate list you have posted is undoubtedly accurate but the
> good old post
> office charges $5CAN regardless of value.

And the partnership of Canada Post and Canada Customs can be  (to ones
benefit) very erratic!

I often have major photographic items (4x5 cameras etc) come through with no
bill from customs at all (much photographic equipment is exempt duties,
though not the dreaded GST) - but it is entirely up to chance whether they
do or don't charge duties/tax  (probably depends on whether it was donut
break time or not...).

Then I get a package of inkjet paper this week, worth about $30.00 and they
slapped GST on it...

Tim A

Who is now probably going to be targeted by Customs  :(