Shipping stuff back to Canada and including it in your exemption when away for 7 days or more
Tom Keddie <tom@...
2014-04-17 17:45:08 GMT
This is OT but will be useful to some.
Hidden in the fine print on the card you fill out at the airport is a
statement that if you've been away for more than 7 days your exemption
can include goods that you've shipped back. I did this on the china
trip, other than the more expensive than expected shipping it went well.
1. I was honest to the shipper and insisted they put the true value and
description on the commercial invoice (~$US650). Make sure you supply a
phone number at home.
2. On arrival I declared an amount that included the shipment and the
stuff I was carrying and checked the box about having goods following me.
3. The border officer at the airport needed the description and value of
the goods following me (I screwed up the description, this is important
needs to match the commercial invoice). They gave me a pre-filled form
to clear my goods.
4. I got a call from the UPS broker while my shipment was in transit, I
told them I wanted to self clear.
5. Once the parcel arrived at the airport, its status changed to exception.
6. I called UPS and got them to fax the waybill and commercial invoice
to me (you can also get these from the warehouse at the airport).
7. I took the form from the airport, the waybill and the commercial
invoice to the CBSA office near the airport.
8. They cleared the goods and gave me a receipt.
9. I took the receipt to UPS at the airport and collected my goods.
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