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brown_bear   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 05-01-13 15:36:43

I am planning buy a laptop worth about $1000 dollars on my next trip to the USA. I will be staying in USA for more 48 hours so I am eligible to bring goods upto $800 tax free.

If I bring in a $1000 dollar laptop after 48 hours, how do Canada customs charge the tax?
Do they charge on the whole value of the laptop or do they charge on the value of the laptop that is beyond the $800 limit (i.e do they tax only on $200)?



Pramod Chopra   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 07-01-13 17:36:50

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Originally posted by brown_bear


I am planning buy a laptop worth about $1000 dollars on my next trip to the USA. I will be staying in USA for more 48 hours so I am eligible to bring goods upto $800 tax free.

If I bring in a $1000 dollar laptop after 48 hours, how do Canada customs charge the tax?
Do they charge on the whole value of the laptop or do they charge on the value of the laptop that is beyond the $800 limit (i.e do they tax only on $200)?





If the laptop is made in USA, then you may not have to pay any duty but you are still subject to paying GST / PST which could be on the amount over exemption limit.

See this link http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/e604-eng.pdf


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febpreet   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 07-01-13 18:20:01

Or, just unwrap it, house it in a laptop bag, and show it as accompanied but not bought in States. People carry with them their laptops all the time. I carry my work laptop when visit States and on my return if being asked, tell them it's mine and carry it everywhere.

Your choice.



tamilkuravan   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 08-01-13 04:06:11

Febpreet !
Good one !

My experience of having been to the USA numerous times is that they first check only the trunk. If there is nothing in the trunk that was bought then they donot check the inside.
As Febpreet said, laptops are a necessity these days, not only for work, but even for using the internet the hotels that you stay in that it is not considered a dutiable item anymore.

All the best.

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brown_bear   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 08-01-13 07:06:32

Thanks to all who replied.

I myself did a little more research on this item and here is what I found.

I will be charged GST+PST on the $200. (The first $800 will be duty free)
. That will be about $30

In addition canada customs can charge the duty on the laptop if it is not made in USA (which is very much possible)

The serial numbers of electronic items sold in USA/Canada are unique and hence Canada customs can easily determine (if they check) if the item was made in USA or Canada

When we pay tax (and duty if applicable) we can ask for a Y38 card - a credit card size card that serves as a proof that we paid the taxes and duties on the electronic item with an US serial number so that in subsequent visits out of Canada there won't be any issues carrying this laptop back into Canada.

Will Canada customs check if its an US made laptop?
Most probably not. But if they do check and if they catch us red handed we will have to pay fine and of course the infraction will be recorded in their database which may trigger more secondary inspections in our future trips into Canada



Full House   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 09-01-13 13:21:07

Canada Customs Importing a Laptop

Quote:
Originally posted by brown_bear


I am planning buy a laptop worth about $1000 dollars on my next trip to the USA. I will be staying in USA for more 48 hours so I am eligible to bring goods upto $800 tax free.

If I bring in a $1000 dollar laptop after 48 hours, how do Canada customs charge the tax?
Do they charge on the whole value of the laptop or do they charge on the value of the laptop that is beyond the $800 limit (i.e do they tax only on $200)?



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It is hard to determine how popular these brands are and the resolution of the screens and the Drivers that go with these Video screens that will provide you with great service...

Being sold here, they are available locally. Is it comparable to those across the border.

ASUS K55A-DH71-CA Laptop Computer - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz, 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 8 64-bit, Brown

HP ENVY dv6-7250ca C2L44UA Notebook PC - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, 15.6" Display, Windows 8

They both seem to be good, being local, will get a chance to see their performance of each of them in store.

Prices are held for a period, till the quantities last...

FH





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