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Just declare it. It'll save huge dollars

Thursday, February 21, 2013   by: Staff



SAULT STE. MARIE - In January, CBSA officers conducted approximately 724 secondary examinations for customs purposes or on behalf of other government departments, initiated four seizure actions for various offences and issued additional written warnings for undeclared or undervalued goods.

On January 17, two returning Canadian residents each declared a snowmobile purchased in the United States and paid the applicable taxes.

After further processing, officers discovered that a trailer was also purchased in the United States for US$800 but was not declared.

The trailer was seized for the offence of non-report and was released back to one of the travellers upon payment of a $472.80 penalty.

Had the trailer been properly declared, the applicable taxes would have amounted to approximately $40.

On January 26, the Sault Ste. Marie POE (port of entry) received a tip claiming that individuals were spotted removing tags, opening boxes then hiding items in a vehicle.

When the vehicle in question arrived at the POE, the occupants declared US$600 worth of skating costumes which they paid taxes on.

Officers then conducted a search of the vehicle and found $404.22 worth of undeclared goods.

The items were seized for non-report and were released back to the travellers upon payment of a $294.39 penalty.

Had all the goods been declared properly, the applicable taxes would have amounted to approximately $52.

Travel tips

The CBSA reminds all travellers to truthfully declare all purchases and goods, including firearms and weapons.

Smuggling, undervaluation and other Customs Act offences may lead to seizure and/or prosecution in a court of law.

Certain foreign nationals who do not meet the requirements to overcome their criminal inadmissibility may be allowed to enter Canada with a one-time only fee-exempt temporary resident permit.

For more information, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.

All calls are completely confidential.


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soothunderbird 2/21/2013 3:37:56 PM Report I smell a rat?
Stugatzu 2/21/2013 3:44:41 PM Report

There are unmarked CBSA vehicles and agents that frequent places like Pak'n'Ship and Weir's Package and Freight. They watch and report back if they see customers unwrapping goods.

Better off to just claim the item, pay the taxes and be on your way with your item.... instead of lying about it and paying a very stiff penalty for the "cheap" item. The cheap always comes out expensive when you lie about it.
forse2 2/21/2013 4:08:04 PM Report

You know ,times are hard enough, maby we should worry about child molesters, dope dealers and hard criminals. The government taxes us too much as it is. There are too many gun crazy border officers with no common sense, that think their shit dont stink, ..wake up people, we are on the same side, I think..........I wonder who checks out the Police and Customs officers who shop across ??? ps There are some good ones out there!!
Prrrrrrr 2/21/2013 4:20:23 PM Report

Do you really think they would risk their job and not declare?
Ski-Dude 2/21/2013 4:22:22 PM Report

It's all in the odds. Many take those odds and save hundreds!!! I like the odds! Route cause, price match. Same products for the same price. Way too much gouging here....even with products made in Canada!
forse2 2/21/2013 4:49:20 PM Report

wake up prrrrr!!!
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 5:00:52 PM Report

They are glorified tax collectors, nothing more, nothing less. Best thing this country could do is drop the border and become one nation with the United States. All in the name of the almighty dollar. People's heads are so far up their own asses, they actually believe in what they do as something that is a betterment to society. There are far worse things going on all over the World that should be addressed but are not. Ask yourself why. Did you know that if every military country on Earth took the money they spend on their military for just one day and put it to helping those that need it, they could solve the hunger problem, forever. The data is there, all you have to do is look for it.
thesharr 2/21/2013 5:06:59 PM Report

Always declare what your bringing into Canada.It's not worth the penalty and you get red flagged,this means every time your plate number comes up you get pulled in,how much fun is that.Pay your tax at the border,it's faster and cheaper.
rpy1958 2/21/2013 5:27:41 PM Report

Just got back from the Caribbean and it was the first time in a long time that I didn't have to declare any liquor or tobacco. I stayed under my limits. But I always declare everything. I have not paid any duties on anything I've declared. Once I was pulled into secondary inspection to ensure that my overage was declared properly. No problems if you play by the rules.
Number One Son 2/21/2013 5:41:04 PM Report

Intwydimayla69, ..... If you even had a sparking synapse worth of thought, you would be dangerous. The American dollar is in danger of collapsing, and you think we should join them. Then you go on to talk about taking military spending and putting it elsewhere.

Do you lie awake at night trying to think up ways of looking uninformed?
Sam C 2/21/2013 5:49:32 PM Report

Intwy... indeed, there is a branch within the CBSA that are "tax collectors." The bigger responsibility of the agency IS the protection of our borders.

Believe it or not, forse2... they DO catch rapists, child molesters and other criminals. There was a story recently of a young girl from Michigan who took a taxi here from Traverse City to meet an online "friend." CBSA thought that was suspicious -- long story short, the adult she was to meet was arrested and charged with sexual offenses and child porn offenses.

I don't like the idea of paying our government tax for something I bought in another country, BUT... when I do that I am not paying taxes here -- that means less tax dollars to fund necessary services here. So, if and when I do make any purchases in the US, I declare them.
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 6:34:44 PM Report

Number One Son ... thats exactly what I do.

As for catching legit criminals and the like, so paying for a redundant police force makes perfect sense? Give your heads a shake. when they passed around the kool-aid y'all gulped it down and asked for seconds eh!!!!

Public forums are absolutely under rated in my opinion. Carry on.
F150Guy 2/21/2013 7:30:51 PM Report

Hey often when I declare my stuff, they don't ask taxes for it. I just show em what I got and the receipt and on my way they send me.
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 7:45:26 PM Report

That should happen everytime you declare what you bought and haven't anything to hide. They should say "WELCOME BACK TO CANADA" and set you on your way.
KDawg 2/21/2013 7:54:57 PM Report

The CBSA nabbed the $800 trailer guy and the $400 costume gang.

mudrunner 2/21/2013 8:17:22 PM Report

Intwydimayla69 If you don't like CANADA I will help you pack.
ShawnM 2/21/2013 8:33:15 PM Report

I have found the more honest you are with them the more they let you get away with. I have come across with $300-400 some times, told them exactly what I had and well have a nice day...
Mtsales 2/21/2013 9:49:09 PM Report

Quote. "Had the trailer been properly declared, the applicable taxes would have amounted to approximately $40."

I payed a lot more than $40 in taxes and also there is a $230.00 RIV fee for importing a vehicle which includes trailers into Canada.
Ricatoni 2/21/2013 9:53:59 PM Report

The truth will set you free..........
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 10:15:44 PM Report

Ummmmmm......Ahhhhhhhh mudrunner, dude seriously? That was your contribution? Ok then.

Who says I'm Canadian? I can post from anywhere and unless you're sitting next to me, I highly doubt you have a clue. ;)
Alystr 2/22/2013 12:31:15 AM Report

This is BS.. I bought a $200 childrens tablet and the losers charged me $30 taxes.. Would have been cheaper to buy it on this side after they burned me.. And we declared it.. Customs suck
Intwydimayla69 2/22/2013 8:06:09 AM Report

@Alystr... I remember a band by the same name playing at a local Battle of The Bands at the Eastgate.
Point Blank 2/22/2013 8:25:27 AM Report

I can't believe some of the comments on in here!
If you stay over for 24 or 48 hours and you can bring back your purchases without having to pay tax on the allowable amounts.
Otherwise, quit whining, properly declare what you purchased and pay the tax. There's virtually no duty on most purchases now.
In most cases, I find the customs officers are very fair in not charging the tax.
If you want to complain about something...complain about being overcharged by some of our retailers!
mudrunner 2/22/2013 8:48:23 AM Report


In your own comment you say your Canadian,
omg are you that slow or do you just like to hear yourself talk.
j.r.98 2/22/2013 8:55:20 AM Report

They are only talking tax here. They are not talking about other fees and that trailer has a import fee attached to it. I don't think our border patrol are out to protect us and yes i believe they are only there to collect money for the merchandise we buy. Everyone gets upset about entering the states and the long wait sometimes , but they are actually screening people, checking for weapons and asking why you are entering the country. Here upon entering your asked where you live, how long were you gone and what do you have to declare
Intwydimayla69 2/22/2013 9:15:53 AM Report

mudrunner(CSI).....go back to bed.
KEENER 2/22/2013 4:29:55 PM Report

Some of the people responding to this need to do a little research before they comment. Computers are good for that. Try typing CBSA and see what comes up in Google for the past year.
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