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I am considering purchasing an Accuphase amp from a gentleman in Canada. He suggest I pick it up in Niagra and bring it back. Are there tariff or tax issues I should be aware of?
All of it was send via FedEx. Items under $250 attracted no attention for Federal or state authorities. Items above will need an FCC form it they send or receive radio signals, e.g. tuners, receivers. US residents should NOT count on a "Made in U.S.A." label to avoid paying duty -- nor for that matter, a "Made in Canada" label, (supposed NAFTA exemption) -- it ain't that simple it seems.
Accuphase being the high-ticket items they are, picking it up in person sounds like a good idea if practical. The $800 personal exception might apply, but the FCC form (if relevant) and duty above the amount will presumably apply.
I have brought back two Leica cameras back from Germany in the last 18 months on separate trips valued at over $4,000 . I declared both at full value and was waved through with no duty. Not to mention all the various audio crap (including Amplifiers) I brought back from China when I was working there and was never charged any duty. Be honest, polite and declare everything and chances are you will not have to pay. I did have an aquaintance once who tried to argue with customs and was detained at JFK for 6 hours so attitude and polite behavior do matter.
Last I checked, you're allowed US$800 duty free. 10% to be paid on the value above $800. I'm sure customs has a website where you can find the current rates. Bring enough cash to cover your estimated duty. And yes, have a receipt or invoice to show the Customs officer. It pays to be well dressed & groomed. Smile & be polite too. They might just wave you through after checking your passport.
Unless, if you can hide it inside the muffler and don't declare it at the border.
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