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John & Angela

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Posted: 04/08/14 10:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just crossed with 24 extra bottles of wine and it cost us an extra 1.91 per bottle on the two dollar Walmart variety. Seems to me there was three separate taxes on the slip.

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You only pay on the excess above your duty free limit.

The amount you pay varies from province to province. In some provinces part of the import fee includes a provincial liquor fees and that varies depending on each jurisdiction.

Here in my neck of the woods you pay an extra $1.00 for each 12 oz can or bottle of beer. 12 beer pay the border guy $12.00

The rule of thumb for wine is you will pay taxes equal to the original price of the bottle. So if you pay $7.00 for a jug of wine, the border guys will collect about $7.00 in fees. That is a rough rule and actual results will vary by a few percentage points depending on alcohol percentage and country of origin.

Hard stuff (Rum, vodka etc) is a different kettle of fish!! I our case it is not even worth considering. A 1.5 liter bottle of fire water attracts $42.00 in fees at the border, over and above what you paid at the store. I can by a 1.5 here for under $40.00.

Next time you cross the border stop in the office and they will be glad to work out the amounts for you based on real world pricing.


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Gruffy wrote:

Duty??? I think not. We have free trade.

Unless it was liquor from a foreign source you pay EXCISE TAX, then sales tax. In the case of some provinces, Ontario, for example there is a "border crossing fee" .... in Ontario's case $15.00 a bottle.


Might want to check that. It should be close to the same across the country I would think.


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