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Author:  Wybee [ Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:20 am ]
Post subject:  Tuscon for Canadians

I'm visiting Tuscon for the first time and I didn't really plan ahead. I ended up buying a few thousand dollars worth of stones and didn't think about what would happen when I bring them back to Canada. I checked using an online duty calculator and I'm going to get bent over by taxes. If I'm not mistaken I'm allowed to bring in $800/per person before duty then will be subject to 12% tax. Not much I can do about it now, I'm just going to have to suck it up and pay the taxes. The question I have is whether or not they're going to give me heat about claiming they're personal use and not business use. Currently I've sold a few stones through a local jeweler and given some away as gifts. I don't have a registered business name or even a website but eventually I will at some point in the future. Can someone with experience in bringing stones into Canada share their experiences?

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tuscon for Canadians

Canadian customs are the worst (oops I mean BEST!) in the world. Nothing gets by them.

Author:  energyos [ Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tuscon for Canadians

Hi Bryan,

I can not wait when you arrive to see your stones....

Did you buy taitian pearls for me for faceting?

Will you have time now to finish my order with huge topaz?

I also recently got nice staff... you will be amazed with extrimly fluorescent facet grade hyalite opals from mexico that i am going to cut.

Author:  Precision Gem [ Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tuscon for Canadians

Barbra Voltaire wrote:
Canadian customs are the worst (oops I mean BEST!) in the world. Nothing gets by them.


Very true. The only stone I have ever had get lost in the mail was one sent to Canada. It got as far as the Canadian Customes and then didn't get by them. I suspect one of them took it home.

Author:  Faceting 101 by Arya [ Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tuscon for Canadians

Crap, sorry Bryan! Totally forgot to talk to you about this. Ask Lisa Elser - she's in BC and brings gems back all the time.

Author:  Wybee [ Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tuscon for Canadians

So I'm back in Canada and I thought I'd share my experiences for any other Canadians about to come back from Tuscon.

Standing in line before going through Canadian customs I was nervous about customs officer giving me a hard time about a) the amount of raw materials I purchased being used for a small business and b) not having much in the way of receipts or proof of the purchase/value for many of my goods from the Tuscon show. I had been mostly honest on my declaration sheet. I didn't declare everything but I did declare way above the tax free limit. So I was surprised at how the customs officer didn't care at all. She basically waved us through like a third base coach waving a runner in to home plate. I'd like to think it's because it was a female CO and I'm just that charming. But it is more likely due to the plane landing at 1:00am and we were near the end of the pack of the two full planes that were being processed and everyone just wanted to get out of there. I suppose the few hundred I owed in taxes wasn't worth the paper work at 2:00am.

Good luck to my fellow Canadians coming home from Tuscon!

Author:  Wybee [ Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tuscon for Canadians

Faceting 101 by Arya wrote:
Crap, sorry Bryan! Totally forgot to talk to you about this. Ask Lisa Elser - she's in BC and brings gems back all the time.


My anxiety was all for naught. Thanks anyway, Arya!

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