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Old 03-21-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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Cheapest way Ship Tires to Canada



Does anyone know?I Found some really good deals on tires in the states.
Just wondering what the cheapest way to avoid very little duties+taxes when shipping them to Canada.

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Old 03-21-2010, 07:43 PM   #2
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Does anyone know?I Found some really good deals on tires in the states.
Just wondering what the cheapest way to avoid very little duties+taxes when shipping them to Canada.

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Old 03-21-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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Use UPS/Fedex, have the seller declare it as a gift worth $50 at most. When I imported my 19x10.5 Volks, he marked them as a gift of like $400, but the GIFT declaration makes it fully exempt from any duties and taxes and/or fees
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:13 PM   #4
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I would avoid UPS at all costs and I believe a gift declaration is only good for a $60 exemption. Using UPS (and other couriers to a lesser extent) will get customs brokerage fees levied upon you.

In the past I have had tires shipped to UPS depots or shipping centers located in Niagara Falls or Buffalo. You can clear customs yourself but you'll have to produce a receipt yourself. This has the added benefit as some tire companies might offer free shipping anywhere in the US as opposed to paying high amounts for shipping right to your Canadian address. Additionally, you will save yourself some custom brokerage fees.

Also if your current wheels have worn tires on them (the ones you're going to replace), just hit up a tire store stateside after receiving your tires and install them there. The weigh scales will not pick up on the weight differential, between egress and ingress, because there won't be any.

Beware crossing at the Peace Bridge (@Fort Erie), they will go through your stuff because they have some agenda. The Rainbow Bridge (@Niagara Falls) is much more lax.

And oh btw, if you haven't driven to the US in a while, remember to bring your passport now.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:02 AM   #5
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Use UPS/Fedex, have the seller declare it as a gift worth $50 at most. When I imported my 19x10.5 Volks, he marked them as a gift of like $400, but the GIFT declaration makes it fully exempt from any duties and taxes and/or fees
Is this true? How the hell do you declare it as a gift? This would save me alot of driving to Detroit to pick up many parts I am planning to have shipped from the states soon. lol
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Duty on $50 isn't that much. I would rather just pay it than deal with potential fines later.

When I got tires from Tire Rack, it was $60/tire for shipping, and $20 for the whole order to get cleared through the border (brokerage). It was still hundreds of dollars cheaper than the next closest Canadian price I could find.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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if you are going to mount it and drive over, please be reminded that canada customs are not stupid!

US made tires do not have any French labels on them (i.e: not bilingual) so they will be asking if they see that the tires look new!
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:46 AM   #8
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I squeezed a tire replacement on my truck through the States as part of my week long vacation. Tires came out to my personal exception so no issues. Got them at Dunn's Tire. Tirerack was cheap but by the time they shipped them even to a local place for mounting it turned out to be more expensive.

I've never seen any customs folks bend over and check your tires. At one time if you purchased tires near the border rumours had it where those shops would call up the border and advise the plate and tires purchased as some sort of snitch line.

On another note I didn't know they actually weigh your vehicle going through the border. Is this something new?
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the border has sooo many security measures. i hate crossing, its always nerve racking and i have never brought anything to or from illegally, so i dont know why i get nervous. i have been hassled a few times though.
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the border has sooo many security measures. i hate crossing, its always nerve racking and i have never brought anything to or from illegally, so i dont know why i get nervous. i have been hassled a few times though.
Must have been profiled or flagged on their system from a previous incident?
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On another note I didn't know they actually weigh your vehicle going through the border. Is this something new?
Yeah I've never heard of this. If they do have it it probably has to be a substantial weight difference because you can cross with and empty tank of gas then cross back with a full tank of gas and I'm sure that happens quite often. I had a set of rims brought across no issues.
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I would like to recommend everyone be careful in doing so. You are violating many, many laws, not the least of which you are MODIFYING YOUR VEHICLE ABROAD. THEY CAN SEIZE YOUR VEHCILE, OR, MAKE YOU PAY TAX ON THE _-ENTIRE-_ value of your vehicle, NOT just the tires if you get caught. Very unlikely, but could happen.

Also, if you get caught lying to customs, they will black flag you (you'll get searched every time you cross). Be smart.
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:36 PM   #13
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I would like to recommend everyone be careful in doing so. You are violating many, many laws, not the least of which you are MODIFYING YOUR VEHICLE ABROAD. THEY CAN SEIZE YOUR VEHCILE, OR, MAKE YOU PAY TAX ON THE _-ENTIRE-_ value of your vehicle, NOT just the tires if you get caught. Very unlikely, but could happen.

Also, if you get caught lying to customs, they will black flag you (you'll get searched every time you cross). Be smart.
I back this statement. I never pull shady shit at customs because growing up I was always taught not to do so.

Why?

My Dad had his 1957 Ford Fairlane seized back in the day for not declaring some clothes he bought in the States. He had to get a ride back home then come up with the money to BUY BACK HIS CAR AT BLUEBOOK.
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Oh and Zimmie couple options for cheap shipping and duty.

- Greyhound (not sure if its US as well but cross-Canada it can't be beat)
- UPS World Ease (flat rate including duty and its a low number :-)
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Check out discounttiredirect.com they have a shipping to your door in Canada option delivered by UPS where all the brokerage is pre-calculated with no surprises. Great prices too.
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