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buy tires in usa; bring to canada

Post by winguyjo » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:10 pm



obviously i am looking for feedback from canadian residents here ... looks like a very substantial savings to be had by buying tires in the usa (i need 2 and my brother needs 2 so it's not like i am committing a whole day/gas/possibly lengthy border line-up just to save $50).
my question is, what happens at the border when you bring them home ? duty/taxes so high that it's not worth the bother ?
feedback from those who have done this is greatly appreciated ... i haven't crossed the border in years and i have NEVER done so strictly for shopping purposes.



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Post by gford » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:33 am

I believe after 24 hours in the states you can claim up to $800.00 can when crossing the border. I winter in Florida and every two years I bring home tires I purchased in the states. It used to be great deals when the dollar was at par. Now, you save a few dollars but if you have to spend a night in a hotel that savings is lost.

Example: I purchased a E4 at Jake Wilson for $214.00 USD. no tax, no shipping. That works out to 214 x 1.33 = $284.62 Canadian.

That same tire here in nova scotia is $265.00 Canadian dollars, plus %15 tax and tire fee $5.00 = $309.00

The savings is $25.00 Canadian.
May as well support the local shop.

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Post by minimac » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:02 pm

Why not make arrangements, ride across, buy and have mounted, and ride back? No fuss, no muss, and the border doesn't have to know.

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Post by Pam » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:22 pm

I am not sure about the amount after 24 hous but it is not $800.00. You need 48 hours for that. I have had parts shipped to the border and drove down and picked them up. On the return you are rolling the dice as to weather the customs person will wave you through or not. If not you get the full treatment to duties and taxes. Also make sure the items ar made in the US.

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Post by winguyjo » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:48 pm

thanks for the feedback, everyone. some good suggestions . time to get down to some number crunching.

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Post by Viking » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:42 pm

I have always found that FortNine.ca, by the time shipping and all is in, cost the same or less than mail order to the U.S. Amazon.ca cannot beat FortNine, and for me, a trip across would cost too much in fuel to make it worth it. I have purchased tires in the U.S. when I was visiting, and as long as one is there long enough to scrub off the nubs, there is no problem saying nothing at the border. If asked if the tires are new, tho, best fess up. Even having told them I replaced a rear tire because of a blowout, upon that return, they made me tear the bike apart, and delayed me by three hours. I do not mess with those guys at the border.
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Post by winguyjo » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:54 pm

have to agree with you there, viking. messing with border agents sounds like a recipe for a bad day. i'd rather declare what i bought and hope i get the casual wave through.
besides, from the bit of googling i did, i don't see where any duty is payable on tires. seems strange to me.
looking into it further.

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Post by Viking » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:40 am

There would not be duty, unless the Border Agent knew the tires were made in China, in which case there would be a 9.3% duty, plus GST and maybe your provincial tax. Otherwise it is just the taxes. If the tires are made in the USA, then free trade would cover them for duty.
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Post by ekvh » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:43 am

24hrs= $200, 48hrs =$800

If it doesn’t say made in USA, Canada or Mexico, you could pay more.

Install new in USA and if they ask (and they do) “Did you have any service or repair work done?” It’s your choice whether to risk it. Rub tires with mud, remove nubs, it’s still a crap shoot.

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Re: buy tires in usa; bring to canada

Post by winguyjo » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:11 pm

looks like FortNine is emerging as the winner. good prices, delivered to my door, no provincial sales tax since it is from another province and no border line-ups/hassles.
still have to investigate local retailers though; buying local is always a good idea, but in the end, money talks. not expecting good things from them, but worth a look i suppose.
any recommendations from members in the greater vancouver area ?

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Post by Pam » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:56 pm

I find myself in the same boat only I need a windshield vent. Mine fell appart. The US price is reasonable but when you fiqure exchange and shipping, not such a deal. I can have it shipped to a North Dakota address but then I have to drive 1.5 hrs into the USA to pick it up, rolling the dice on the way home. Fort Nine carries the vent but are out of stock right now. Cost is a little more but in Canadian $.

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Post by Good Hondog » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:34 pm

Here's the best advice you'll ever get on the subject of trying to lie to the customs officers about new tires you had installed in the states. "DON'T DO IT". Those people are not idiots and they've seen every trick ever thought of to try to illegally circumvent the rules. You will end up with an impounded bike and a big fine. Be honest about what you bought and you'll save yourself a whole lot of headache.

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Post by Pam » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:01 am

Took the truck and 5th wheel down to the US for one night a few years ago. Coming back they aske the usual questions how long were we gone, where did we go. All the usual stuff. The guy kept walking around the truck and trailer looking. Finally he said you took this truck and trailer to the Us for one night. ( Felt like saying if I can afford the unit I can afford the fuel) but you don't want to get sassy. Finally he asked for the registration for the trailer. We pulled it out and he checked that serial number several times. You could almost see the disappointment in his eyes when all the numbers matched. He thought we went down bought the trailer and we bringing the trailer back. Best policy ansswer only what is asked, offer no further information unless asked. with computers no you don't want to get flagged. :D



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