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Filling B4 Form after Landing 

andy987andy987
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Posted On: 8/24/2015
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Hi
I made a short landing with the family at Toronto Pearson airport in April 2011.
Then, I returned to Canada for good since February 2013, but I did not submit B4 form or “things to follow" list yet.
At my first landing in April 2011 the immigration officer asked me if I have a list and I answered him that “no, I do not have the list now and I will provide the list later on”

Now, I am living in Canada since Feb, 2013 and I have a valid PR status. if I want to bring my personal jewelry to Canada, should I fill the B4 form with the list of “things to follow” to obtain the duty & tax exemption for the first time landing or I will be not entitled for such exemption.

Thanks for your prompt response and collaboration.

Andy
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Posted On: 8/25/2015
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your situation and questions with us.

According to some Border Information Services (BIS) representatives, it is possible that due to the length of time since landing, the exemption on taxes may have been forfeited. If the officer is not satisfied or convinced that it was to have originally been included on a Goods to Follow list, then you may be subject to the tax and duty.

In the event that you have to pay, you will have to pay 13% tax on the used value of the items. They stated that when allocated a used value to your items, you may want to think of it in terms of how much you would be able to sell it for at a garage sale. That is the amount you should allocate to your used items.

An additional 9.5% duty on the used value of any furniture. The amount of duty on other items such as used clothing and textiles can vary depending on where they are made. The duty can be from 0 to 20% of the used value.

They stated that if you are interested in how much duty will be charged on each other used item, you can contact them for specifics.

It is important to note that if you are trying to bring in a used mattress, you will need to have proof/certification of a fumigation. If not, it is best to just leave it behind.

You may want to contact a Border Information Services (BIS) representative directly for some information on your specific situation.

You can contact them at:

1-800-461-9999

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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