Dec 5, 2016


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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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.
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
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!
i agree
I couldn't agree more. Please! Paying by USD is totally okay and shipping fee is acceptable, but I cannot guess how much I need to pay for import taxes.
free shipping to Canada please
I think that there's a higher chance of Massdrop getting an European warehouse before a Canadian warehouse.
Same same. I almost participated in a drop only to wonder how much $59.99 as stated on Massdrop was going to cost me in CAD, plus shipping ... converted to CAD as well. Got really excited but I'm out for now. Definitely in again when 'Massdrop Eh' is a truth.
I really want this because some product with the import taxes end up costing me more then the MSRP and that just defeats the entire purpose of massdrop...
we need one in EU too. I am buying Sennheiser's that are being made in Ireland, and then I have to pay to have them shipped back to Ireland again! Makes no sense
It would be logical, because a lot of watches are transported from EU to US a than back to EU. It would save time and taxes.
Looks like Nafta is going to go threw some restructuring, the US has already submitted some of the things they want to change about the NAFTA arrangement. The U.S. requested that Ottawa raise the value of goods that Canadians can buy online without paying import duties and taxes to US$800 (C$1,011 ), up from its current level of C$20 .

Remember when the Canadian dollar was at par with the USD? And still we were paying more for our goods? We complained but still the Canadian retailers came up with excuses. Perhaps they need a shot in the arm, such as the ability for us to e-shop around. Not saying that Ottawa will agree to this change (probably won't), but it would be nice to not get my calculator out every time I want to join a drop.