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Posted On: 8/15/2016
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Hi,
I wanted to speak to someone regarding bringing my personal belongings to Canada, I have already landed and do understand that I should have filled in a form prior to landing.

I have a few things that I would like to clarify and appreciate your help in this regard.

Thank you and best regards
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Posted On: 8/16/2016
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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, depending on the length of time since landing, the exemption on taxes may have be 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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