Nightmare at Customs

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Subject: Nightmare at Customs
  We landed in Vancouver on Dec 26,2007.No info was provided about custom goods to follow procedure at the airport until asked at three different places.

Finally the driver of Vanlines called today to inform that the goods have arrived, She did not know the accurate address or phone number to the office. I went there after work, walked in circled for 30 mins in knee deep snow, surprisingly the people on the adjacent street did not know the location of the office.Finally reached there in distress , and was sent to two different offices. The officer asked me if i had any goods which were unpacked and as new,which i said i had at the spot of the moment, and i explained a few. He said he would like to examine the goods, he came back and asked me if i seriously had anything new, by now i started looking at my list and explained all the unused gifts i had in possesion, to my surprise he started telling me that my bike/Bed/Mattress is also new, i tried to expalain to him that its been bought 5-7 years back, he wanted to know the store that i bought these goods, i coudn´t recollect any, by now i was in tears.I tried to tell him that i had no clue that the personal effects clearance was to be in such detail, regardsless Vanlines has left the goods with customs and gone back, and my goods are still held in customs for clearance.

It has been a nightmare throughout this day.My biggest question is if goods purchased after the visa is issued is taxable? My understanding from the forum was, any goods purchased after landing in Canada and then purchased abroad is Taxable.Which is correct, please help me seeking your legal advice.Thanks. Lisa

[29-01-2008,03:16]
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lisa
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
You received a standard letter when you received your COPR explaining goods to follow and what was required. Pay the Tax.
[29-01-2008,07:33]
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Roy
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
Lisa,
As far as I know, you had to declare everything while landing that you plan to bring into Canada. Once you have landed, then anything that you are bringing, which is not on that list, will be taxable.
Note: I think goods purchased after you got the visa and before you actually land is also exempt from tax.

Anyone else have more information ?

[29-01-2008,12:10]
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Raj
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
I also have an idea that the goods purchased after you got the visa and before you actually land is also exempt from tax provided you declare those at the time of landing.
[29-01-2008,12:11]
[***.254.208.246]
Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
Guys how much tax are we talking about?

The goods are stuck in a Customs Warehouse so do we argue about silly things to save a few dollars and compile storage costs.

The CBSA officer is questioning too many things (old mattress etc.) and there is probably more to this posting then meets the eye.

Yeah argue with the cop that pulls you over for speeding and claim that you were only speeding over the limit by 19kph instead of 20kph.

Lisa bed is with Customs guys she needs her stuff so be nice Lisa and pay what they ask or it could get more expensive.

Roy
www.cvimmigration.com

[29-01-2008,13:14]
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Roy
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
What about the fact that the officer says that even the goods belonging to me since past 5-7 years are new, Roy kindly provide your advice
[29-01-2008,13:20]
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lisa
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
Do you have a bed?

Something went very wrong with your goods to follow list and you got a strict officer. You mentioned the weather and you were probably really stressed out and pissed off and you just might have let the officer take some heat he/she may not of totally deserved.

Try going back and hope that one has a day off. Pay regardless but be nice and do not argue with a person who has a job because they have the power to say your wrong.

[29-01-2008,13:24]
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Anonymous
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
in other words, this is not the hill you want to die on. or... you may be paying more in storage than the fees they are requesting and every day that goes by that bed is becoming more expensive.

you may be right but sometimes insisting you are right is simply too expensive.

I would just pay it and call it a day.

[29-01-2008,13:33]
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Sharon
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
As Raj said, the key is all goods must be on the list at time of landing. It shouldn´t matter if they´re new or not, as long as they´re on the list at landing.

Looks to me the problem is the list was vague or missing items. There´s no way to update the list after landing, so taxes must be paid on items left out even if unintentionally.

[29-01-2008,13:52]
[**.53.225.236]
Richard
Nightmare at Customs (in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
Dear Richard

Vancouver airport does not have the list on landing, i had asked the officer about it and was informed to declare the goods after the goods arrive in Vancouver.
Yes Sharon i do have a bed, i think its a cultural point of view here, the officer might be surprised that the used goods would have the UPC barcode with its own box as , and the mattress would have its plastic on.We had bought this in 2003, and dont have the receipt.And the bike that he claims is new was bought in 2001 and do not have the receipt.
I appreciate all your inputs.

[29-01-2008,23:10]
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lisa
(in reply to: Nightmare at Customs)
If you knew all the games that get played as people come through the border you would likely appreciate that the honest folks sometimes get whacked in error.

If you are inferring that the customs officer may not have the social or cultural sophistication to know that used products can still come in the original box - shame on you.

[29-01-2008,23:46]
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Sharon