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  Reply # 1170706 7-Nov-2014 12:21
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linw: Looks like you are in a bind but, wow, what expensive 'postage'. 

Just thinking, if the goods were dutiable under Canadian regs, how come they were effectively not dutiable if sent by courier?


Normal post doesn't have the same import checks and the documentation is different. As a new settler I had to submit a full inventory of goods I was bringing in on arrival and another for goods to follow. This inventory, which is very detailed, is processed by customs and the are granted duty and tax free status. In Canada, everything valued $60 and over is subject to duty and taxes. With courier documentation, I included the paperwork to show that the goods contained in the boxes matched ones listed with approved duty/tax free status. The courier checks them through customs and off they go.
However, with standard post, the documentation is not provided, the file number (which was written on the outside of the box too, if they cared to look) is not checked in their computer system, and duty is assessed based on what contents are listed in the little sticker NZ Post puts on the box. 

It all comes down to how imports are handled - couriers do it directly with customs, post does it with customs officers in the mail handling facility. Two different processes with two different sets of paperwork and two different outcomes. Customs had told me not to send by post because this happens, that shipping, courier, and carrying are the three methods by which to avoid problems. 

I paid to avoid these problems and didn't get what I paid for. The boxes have now been picked up, CAD$600 paid, and I now have to go through the process of initiating a review to claim back the duty. What fun :-(


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  Reply # 1171076 7-Nov-2014 19:02
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I bet you can't wait to be settled in and sitting in a comfy chair sipping a wine beside the mighty Saint Lawrence as the sun goes down. You deserve it!

Good luck with the post. We "were" going to send some brochures back from Canada in 2012' $C55 thanks. Ah no thanks.

Good luck.



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  Reply # 1171096 7-Nov-2014 19:45
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Kiwifan: I bet you can't wait to be settled in and sitting in a comfy chair sipping a wine beside the mighty Saint Lawrence as the sun goes down. You deserve it!

Good luck with the post. We "were" going to send some brochures back from Canada in 2012' $C55 thanks. Ah no thanks.

Good luck.


I did that a couple of months ago. Sat on a beach made on top of an old wharf, sipping drinks as the sun went down while we waited to see an entry in the international fireworks competition. Now, THAT is how public displays should be - hundreds of thousands of dollars of the most amazing fireworks, set to music, as countries compete to take the annual title. 30 minutes of awesome. 
I won't be doing that sitting outside thing when I finally get there and start settling. Snow is expected tomorrow and will be settling in by the time I get there. 

A tip for brochures - use Evernote. Scan or photograph them and upload. That's not much use to you now but worth keeping in mind for the future. 

Thanks for your good wishes. This has been (and still is) a long journey. It is going to be so nice to finally reach home. 


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  Reply # 1171247 8-Nov-2014 09:00
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All the best for your new life in Canada. But you will still be able to chat with us via GZ!

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  Reply # 1171290 8-Nov-2014 11:44
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Bung: If it takes a year to sort out it is the Canadians that need the blast. How can you take money seriously when the $ is known as a "Loonie".


Only because it has a Loon on it though.





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