Its hit or miss no matter what it is labeled. If your item is under $2000, getting a duty is more rare, but it does happen. If your item is over $2000, the odds increase greatly, and I would not purchase without expecting to pay a duty in the US of 4.6 percent, plus processing fees. Even if you do not get hit with a duty, you may have to pay processing fees. Its a crapshoot- IMO the system needs an overhaul. Its inefficient and inconsistent. Your item may only be in customs lockup for a day or two, in other cases it can take 10 days. You never know.
I got stuck with an $86US duty for my HS10. It was valued at ~$1600 I believe on the paperwork, but still got hit (not literally). I am not to happy about it since that increases my total cost of the HS10.
I am calling today at lunch to try and convince them it is computer equipment. We will see what happens.
Wanted to add that paying a Broker in Canada to help you clear customs is TOTALLY unnecessary. I have payed brokers for YEARS thinking that they actually did something. I have started to clear my own goods and there is absolutely NO paperwork to fill out that hasn't already been completed when you go to get your goods from the shipper's bonded storage,... the shipper gives you the paperwork,... you take that down to Canada Customs (all the shippers and Canada Customs are usually only a couple blocks apart) and then you stand in a line (less than 1/2 hour for me) and the Customs officer makes small talk while they type into a computer for a couple minutes and then digs out the rubber-stamps,... then they point you to the PAYME wicket to collect the sales tax (no duty unless you are importing smokes, shoes, and other things actually manufactured in Canada for which they feel obligated to protect Canadian industry),... ya dig out the Visa/MasterCard and then you are done.... well nearly done,.. you take all the paperwork back to your shipper and give it to them in exchange for your goods. I figure in the next year I will save a couple hundred dollars in cutting the Customs Brokers outa the stuff I buy
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