merl wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 29, 2022 3:08 pm
If I buy a kite in Canada (online store) and have it shipped to the US (MA) what is the deal with taxes and fees and how would they need to be payed?
There may be duties and taxes owing. However, as the US doesn't have a national VAT system or national sales tax, the tax collected is hard to predict. Also, it's hard to know if merchandise coming from Canada will be charged duty based on the country of manufacture, as duty will already have been paid when it was shipped into Canada (assuming it wasn't manufactured in Canada).
, my experience with shipping kiting equipment into the US (into New York state) from Europe has been NO duty or state tax has ever
been charged. You can figure out how to classify what you're importing by looking through the harmonized tariff schedule. Choose a description that can be applied to kiting stuff that has little or no duty. Ask the sender to use that tariff item number.
Commercial carriers automatically charge a custom clearance and brokerage fee. With UPS this amounts to .21% of the value - so on a $800 shipment that would come to $168! If the package goes Expedited or Express (by air) then the shipping will cost more, but the brokerage fee is included. Use the postal office to ship the item rather than a commercial carrier. It may take a couple of days longer, but in my experience they don't charge any brokerage to clear the package.