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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.
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
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.