Dec 5, 201626725 views


I am tired of import taxes every time I participate in a drop. I don't mind paying the actual price of products in USD even with the Canadian dollar doing so bad. I was wondering if there is any chance of a Canadian branch ever opening up so drops can be mailed quicker and import taxes wouldn't apply. I know there are a lot of Canadian customers who would appreciate this as well. Something similar to what does.

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I have stopped purchasing through Massdrop because of DHL fees. It is unfortunate, because when Massdrop used to ship by USPS the clearance fees were fine. I will not order again until the shipping method can be selected. Massdrop, please listen to your Canadian customers.
I think you should start your own version of Massdrop in Canada! You could call it: "Candrop" which in most cases, is more than Massdrop can do (at least before I die of old age anyway).
Ya know, there is a wonderful new search engine called “Google.“ j/k, but seriously, how can you Canucks (of which I am one), not Google this poop.
First off, duty is charged on items coming into Canada that was made/manufactured outside North America. If it’s made in China, or Europe, expect duty. Simple as that.

secondly, there is a duty calculator:

You're welcome.
You are missing the point...
Yep their DHL service charges extra import customs duties than are required. It's a major scam. And good luck getting any of the knives over the border any more. Any flipper is now being confiscated, and then the CBSA charges you hundreds of dollars to export it back by a bonded courier or charge you to have it destroyed.

Massdrop in Canada would be an awesome leap forward and their business would be extremely successful.
Second this also. Had to return an item as it was DOA, was refunded for the item returned but the taxes and duties paid, that I lost though I'm trying to followup with DHL to see if there is a process to go through to get back the taxes, but haven't heard from them in a week....
Me too, I think this is a great idea, it’s such a pain ordering all the way from the USA
i totally agree, massdrop could make so much if they came to canada, im looking for a job too... just saying
Same ! Ahah
It’s too bad there isn’t a way for MassDrop to let Canadian customers know how much to expect in duties and brokerage fees. I was looking at getting $599 speakers for my husband but with the exchange, taxes (which I don’t mind paying), and who knows how much in brokerage fees, I estimate it will cost between $970-1125 Canadian + shipping (but it could be more - I’ve been surprised by brokerage fees in the past). Wherea, I can order it directly from the manufacturer for $1125 Canadian including shipping. It becomes a gamble and completely defeats the purpose of using MassDrop at that point, especially if it could end up costing more. It would be so much better if MassDrop could provide Canadian customers with a more complete and accurate price so there are no surprises.
Most of those import charges are not required. It is a scam from because those yanks don't care to fix problem. If you want you can declare the items your self and save the money. I haven't done myself but there is truth to this statement.
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Free trade. Which is nafta i think.

Accounting for your own shipment

You have the option of paying the duties and/or taxes yourself through a CBSA office that offers accounting services to the public. If you choose to do this, you will not have to pay any accounting service fees from the courier.

What are the steps I need to know?

  • When the courier attempts to deliver the shipment, you must refuse delivery and advise the courier that you will pay duties and/or taxes directly to the CBSA.
  • Write down the unique shipment identification/tracking number. The shipment will be returned to the courier's warehouse for storage for a limited period of time. 
  • Next, visit a local CBSA office that offers accounting services to the public. You will need to provide specific details about the shipment, indicated on the commercial invoice. 
  • You will need the shipment identification/tracking number, the commercial invoice (receipt), and personal identification when you visit the CBSA.
  • If someone else is doing this step on your behalf, the CBSA requires a letter of authorization and a photocopy of your identification.
  • You will be given an official receipt indicating that you have paid duties and/or taxes paid to the CBSA. 
  • A copy of this receipt must be presented to the courier, either in person or by fax, at which time receipt or delivery of the shipment may be arranged.
Sounds great to me!