>if its a used ski which will prob have some small nicks or dings on it, just
>get yourself a ski bag and dont declare anything and nobody will be any the
Yeah, right. Then you tell your buddies what a good deal
you got and how you didn't pay duty, they tell two friends
and next thing you know an RCMP officer arrives at your
door. I know people to whom this has happened.
Then again, they might just hold it until you can prove you
bought it in Canada.
>On the other hand you could listen to tom and pay the duty.
Besides, since NAFTA you only pay the GST on the purchase
(7%) that you would have to if you had bought it in Canada.
>experience is that guys dont pick up on thinks like this to fast, especially
>if you use a ski bag.
"False declarations and the seizure of goods
If you do not declare goods, or if you falsely declare
them, we can seize those goods. This means that you may
either lose the goods permanently, or that you may have to
pay to get them back.
Depending on the type of goods and the circumstances
involved, we can impose a penalty that ranges from 25% to
80% of the goods' value.
The law also allows us to seize vehicles you use to
unlawfully import goods. When this happens, we impose a
penalty that you have to pay before we will return the
vehicle. We usually seize commodities such as *** and
tobacco products outright, and you cannot get them back.
We keep a record of infractions in our computer system
which can influence the customs inspection process. If you
have an infraction record, you may have to undergo a more
detailed customs examination on future trips."
Yep, it is really worth the risk - NOT!
And what do you do if you need service on it? How would you
get it across the border for repair? Or what happens if you
want to take it on a trip to the States? How do you prove
it was legally brought into the country? Is it really worth
the risk of a criminal record to save $40 CAD????
FWIW, I've always found the Customs folks very pleasant.
They exercise judgment and in some cases if you are over
your limit they may not even want to bother filling out the