If it was manufactured in the US or Canada there will be no duty because of NAFTA. There might be a handling fee if you ship it UPS or Fedex.
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If you decide to ship across the border, the key is to make sure that the seller specifically writes on the declaration papers (vs the ups or fedex documents) that it was made in Canada or the US (assuming it was) and that it will be used for personal use. For heavy speakers I recently used fedex international economy air and all went very well doing the above.
Thanks for the responses. Actually this is a specific topic that I have not seen discussed on this forum. I will restate the question.
I am asking about carrying and declaring used, private sale items across the border from Canada to US (ie in the back seat of my car). If I purchased a used audiophile item with value of US$4000 (made in Canada), what fees if any should I expect to pay at the border crossing? I guess this question is directed at those of us who live near the border. Thanks again.
I just read on US Customs website that they will collect a duty based on declared value. First $400 is exempt. The next $1000 (up to $1400) will have a duty of 1.5%. Anything over $1400 will have a different rate depending on location. The exemption can be doubled to $800 if you travel with a US buddy. God this is a great country.
Any other first hand experiences?
The sale did not go through so I don't have first hand experience.
Per my 6/13 post there is a duty based on declared value (with receipt) over $400, independent of NAFTA. However I do not understand if this applies to private sales of used equipment. There may or may not be an additional fee if the equipment was produced in a non-NAFTA country, I still don't know for certain. I would hate to be surprised with an extra duty at the border, therefore I will not be purchasing non-NAFTA items from Canada until this is known to me.