TORONTO -- As Canadians buy gifts online this holiday season,
experts are advising consumers to expect extra costs.
Items bought from online retailers in the U-S will still be hit
with the six per cent G-S-T as well as the applicable provincial
sales tax once in Canada.
And while Canuck online shoppers will not pay a duty on most
items made in the U-S and Mexico, they will likely face a duty on
products made outside those two countries.
However, Patrizia (pa-TRISH'-ah) Giolti of Canada Border
Services Agency says some goods, like video games and the video
game consoles, are duty-free regardless of where they're coming
For those not getting free shipping, the costs depend on how you
choose to receive the package.
If ordering via regular mail, Canada Post charges a five-dollar
handling fee to clear customs and eight-dollars for Priority Post.
Courier companies use customs brokers to clear the package at
customs on behalf of the recipient -- a service that comes with a
That's on top of their regular shipping fees which vary
according to several factors, including size, weight and speed of
(The Canadian Press)
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