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Does import charges include sales tax?

in reply to kalvin@ebay.com

For items that are sold under the Global shipping program and list shipping and import charges separately, do the import charges include (destination) sales tax?  In my case I'm purchasing from the US and shipping to Canada.  Will any further charges be due on delivery?

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toby_le_pue
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No further charges should be added

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No further charges should be added

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bigboyluc
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I purchased an item that had over 60 dollars in additional fees and the seller advises it was charge

in reply to kalvin@ebay.com

I purchased an item that stated 43 dollars would be charged to ensure I had no duty fees to pay, I also paid 29 dollars in shipping which the seller says he did not charge, What are these fees.  If I do not get an answer I will ask my Credit Card company to cancel this transaction.

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mjbeatle
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Does buying from a seller using GSP mean committing without knowing the full price?

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If I buy something from a seller using the Global Shipping Program with an estimate of zero, could there be further charges I don't know about until after I've committed to buy? If so, can I cancel the purchase? I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect Canadian duties when there aren't any duties on items worth less than $100.

Thanks,

Martha

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toby_le_pue
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I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect...

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 I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect Canadian duties when there aren't any duties on items worth less than $100.

 

 

Most things Imported into Canada with a value over $20.00 Canadian is subject to the same taxes

you would pay if you bought it in Canada.

 

You may not pay any duty but you will pay the taxes and a handling fee by Pitney Bowes.

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theafkgamer
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These fees are charged to you by something called the Glo...

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These fees are charged to you by something called the Global Shipping Program. The seller is not charging you this, it's a third party called Pitney-Bowes. They charge you the taxes Canadian Customs would charge you + a handling fee. This is to ensure the parcel is delivered to you without any extra fees at the door. You're basically paying these fees in advance.

 

The GSP has to be opted into by sellers, so your seller opted into this program (aware of it or not).

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afantiques
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Re: Does buying from a seller using GSP mean committing without knowing the full price?

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If I buy something from a seller using the Global Shipping Program with an estimate of zero, could there be further charges I don't know about until after I've committed to buy?

 

No. You see the full charges before you commit to buy. At least, you are shown the charges. There is no way to make buyers actually read anything.

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patrick_the_loner
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Re: Questions about the Global Shipping Program

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TOO EXPENSIVE THE SHIPPING COST IS MORE THEN THE COST OF THE ITEM YOU BOY. NOW LOOKING ELSEWHERE TO BUY ITEMS .

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mjbeatle
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Re: I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect...

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I used to think so too until last summer when I bought from a US retailer and didn't use their program which was going to charge me something like $30 duty on $60 worth of shorts. When I picked them up at UPS there was no duty or tax and UPS told me about the $100. I can't help wondering, if I had paid those "duties", that didn't apply, where would that money have gone? Not to the CRA.  

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Re: I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect...

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mjbeatle wrote:

 

I used to think so too until last summer when I bought from a US retailer and didn't use their program which was going to charge me something like $30 duty on $60 worth of shorts. When I picked them up at UPS there was no duty or tax and UPS told me about the $100. I can't help wondering, if I had paid those "duties", that didn't apply, where would that money have gone? Not to the CRA.  

 


What UPS shipping method was used?  The tax (and duty, if applicable) may have been rolled into the shipping charge for the item or perhaps the retailer included those fees with the item price, depending on whether the website was geared toward sales to Canada.

 

Without a receipt, we can only speculate, but I think you must have paid taxes, at least, somewhere and somehow.

 

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/postal-postale/duty-droits-eng.html

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fantasystockings
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Re: I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect...

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I've been importing products regularly for several years and I can tell you that Canada Customs does a very poor job of clearing the item properly. 

 

They give you time to appeal though. Write a letter and attach that bill, telling them that you were wrongfully charged. They should refund your money. 

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pjcdn2005
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Re: I purchased an item that had over 60 dollars in additional fees and the seller advises it was ch

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bigboyluc wrote:

I purchased an item that stated 43 dollars would be charged to ensure I had no duty fees to pay, I also paid 29 dollars in shipping which the seller says he did not charge, What are these fees.  If I do not get an answer I will ask my Credit Card company to cancel this transaction.


You purchased an item through the global shipping program. The seller sends the item to the center in Kentucky and Pitney Bowes then sends the item to you. The $43 is for taxes, duty and brokerage. The $29 is the shipping cost. Your seller receives the domestic portion of that cost and Pitney Bowes receives the international shipping cost.

 

http://pages.ebay.ca/help/buy/shipping-globally.html

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Re: I've seen programs like this before that claim to collect...

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fantasystockings wrote:

 

I've been importing products regularly for several years and I can tell you that Canada Customs does a very poor job of clearing the item properly. 

 


Could you elaborate on this point?  I'm intrigued.  Perhaps this explains why most commercial shipments get cleared by entities other than Canada Border Services.

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Re: Questions about the Global Shipping Program

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canadian custom charge tax and duty an item over 20$, under this it's free of charge. it's why i didn't order from us sellers to avoid bad surprises :smileyhappy: long life FREE TRADE between usa and canada......

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nitro-barry
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Why are Canadian buyers forced to pay import charges at the source? this is handled via Canada Post.

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Why should Canadian or international bidders be forced to pay import charges at the source when this is handled ( in my case) by Canada Post. In most cases, these charges are much higher than they need to be! I can only assume that ebay is simply trying to squeeze more money out of the buyer to fill the`re pockets or they have no clue about international customs. Is this compulsory? If so, I and a lot of AAA buyers may have to stop using ebay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not all auctions have those charges, so do what I do and...

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Not all auctions have those charges, so do what I do and avoid them at all cost.

 

From what I understand, the seller has essentially signed up for a voluntary service that provides packing and shipping services for them, and they are essentially passing on the charges to the buyer. The so called "import" charges are MUCH higher than they are when handled outside of this ebay service. Also, if you check the small print, it says "These fees are in addition to the customs duties and taxes imposed by country tax and customs officials" so you can still get dinged for charges by Canada Customs. It's nothing more than an additional, over inflated shipping charge.

 

Unfortunately we're just stuck looking for sellers not participating in this outrageous program. I've been Ebaying for almost 10 years, and have over 400 purchases, and have never paid the types of fees that they claim they are simply charging you up front.

 

 

 

http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/shipping-globally.html

 

 

 

 

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How can a seller change fron the global shipping to USPS shipping?

in reply to kalvin@ebay.com
I wanted to buy something on ebay but seller used the global shipping which is very expensive. I asked seller if she can ship it through USPS shipping and she agreed but she doesnt know how to change the shipping method. Can you tell me so I can message it to her?
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Import Fees & the Global Shipping Program

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I recently purchased two items from separate sellers on EBay.  The amount of each transaction was over $20 and both sellers listings indicated they were shipping under the Global Shipping Program.  However, when I went to pay, I was charged import fees for one of the sellers but not the other.  I looked at each of the sellers listings once again - one listed the estimated import fee and the other did not (it was listed as $0.) 

 

If both of these sellers are using the GSP, why was I not invoiced for import charges on both transactions? 

Will the import charges be something I have to pay for later?

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Were the actual item costs both over CAD 20.00 ? There sh...

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Were the actual item costs both over CAD 20.00 ?

There shouldn't be import charges showing on an item valued at CAD 20.00 or less.




 

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You shouldn't have to pay any charges later. Shipping cha...

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You shouldn't have to pay any charges later.

Shipping charges can be high for low value , lightweight items with the GSP, compared to USPS First Class International shipping or economy international.

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