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just caught

@videotron.ca
reply to Gone

Re: Niagara cops allegedly involved in cheese smuggling

said by Gone:

Real fresh American pizza is better than any of the mass-market crap you get in Canada

Why are you comparing American fresh pizza with frozen mass market pizza in Canada?


Gone
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said by just caught :

Why are you comparing American fresh pizza with frozen mass market pizza in Canada?

For what it's worth, even most American mass market pizza is better than the Canadian equivalent. I will say though that you can get some pretty decent stuff in the Niagara Region if you know where to look. Of all the times I've been in Ottawa, even the stuff that people consider "good" was garbage compared to "good" down here. Then again, to many we may as well be Americans without the US Great Lakes accent.


miakica

join:2009-11-10
reply to just caught

said by just caught :

Why are you comparing American fresh pizza with frozen mass market pizza in Canada?

16", four pound 3 cheese pepperoni pizza, $7,98 in Walmart USA...

Joking aside, I cross every week. I go to Walmart often, wife sends a whatsapp message of what she needs, and I just buy it.
Well, last Thursday, I bought stuff she asked me. Sour cream, yogurt, and more cheese than usual, since we bought a panini maker.
Was I in for a surprise...Anything over $20 in dairy products is a subject to 200% duty. WTF???
I was let go with a warning not to do it anymore, but, seriously, WTF?
200% duty on dairy?
I bought a 4 pound mozza brick for eight bucks, and it tastes better than cheese here


Gone
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You need to have a real prick at the border to send you in for more than $20. An entire car full? Sure. But if you're doing regular grocery shopping and they know its for personal use it's exceedingly rare that they'll send you in, at least around here.

Eggs are the same way. More than one or two dozen and it's a 200% duty, too.



miakica

join:2009-11-10

said by Gone:

You need to have a real prick at the border to send you in for more than $20. An entire car full? Sure. But if you're doing regular grocery shopping and they know its for personal use it's exceedingly rare that they'll send you in, at least around here.

Eggs are the same way. More than one or two dozen and it's a 200% duty, too.

»www.beaware.gc.ca/english/brirape.shtml

Dairy products

cheese:
up to 20 kilograms per person with a value of $20 or less

milk:
up to 20 kilograms per person with a value of $20 or less


Gone
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What's you're point? I'm already aware of the limits. What they say and what actually happens are two entirely different things.

Legally you're not allowed any HST exemption if you go to the US for less than 24 hours, but you'll never get sent in for less than $100-$120 worth of stuff unless you get a real prick, too. Sometimes, if they're busy, you can bring hundreds of bucks back and just be waved through.

And for what it's worth - that's a combined limit. Meaning $20 worth of dairy products total. Cheese, milk and everything fall into that combined $20. It's not $20 worth of cheese and $20 worth of milk separately.



miakica

join:2009-11-10

said by Gone:

What's you're point?

Legally you're not allowed any HST exemption if you go to the US for less than 24 hour

I drive a truck for living, and I'm always away for more than 48 hours.

It just depends on the officer you get...


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said by miakica:

I drive a truck for living, and I'm always away for more than 48 hours.
It just depends on the officer you get...

My wife works for the CBSA at the Peace Bridge. Trust me when I say there are some people not even she wants to have to deal with when we cross back in, and she works with them!

The majority of the time it is no big deal even when we cross at other bridges, and we go back and forth all the time.

The guys in commercial who you'd deal with when crossing with a truck also don't tend to have huge honking chips on their shoulder like some of the guys in traffic do, but they're much more by the book than the traffic guys are.


miakica

join:2009-11-10

said by Gone:

said by miakica:

I drive a truck for living, and I'm always away for more than 48 hours.
It just depends on the officer you get...

My wife works for the CBSA at the Peace Bridge. Trust me when I say there are some people not even she wants to have to deal with when we cross back in, and she works with them!

The majority of the time it is no big deal even when we cross at other bridges, and we go back and forth all the time.

The guys in commercial who you'd deal with when crossing with a truck also don't tend to have huge honking chips on their shoulder like some of the guys in traffic do, but they're much more by the book than the traffic guys are.

I know about you wife...

Last time I crossed back, I bought 2 cartons and a case of beer and a bottle of Two Olives Cake vodka. I had no problem paying duty on it.

I was lucky to run in to a nice guy at Queenston...He just asked me what the Cake vodka is... Said I can have that shit...In his eyes, that's not alcohol

And, I had about $700 worth of other stuff, and he just told me to have a nice day.

And, just for the record, I wouldn't drink that Cake vodka if it was the last alcohol on the planet


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I was bringing two cases of beer back across the Rainbow Bridge and the guy in the booth specifically asked me what kind of beer it was. I told him he probably hadn't heard of it, and that it was Yuengling. He smiled, said he knew what it was, and sent me on my way without making me pay a dime.

They're not all assholes. Neither are the Americans, some of them are friendlier than the Canadians, particularly the "locals" who grew up in Western New York rather than the hotshots from Texas who finished their tour with the Marines in Iraq and ended up in CBP because he flunked the police entrance exam.



miakica

join:2009-11-10
reply to miakica

And, I forgot...

I made it my mission to never, ever to cross back at PB

There is two officers there that are just plain assholes.



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said by miakica:

There is two officers there that are just plain assholes.

You have a far greater chance of being hauled in to pay tax on anything at the Rainbow Bridge or the Q-L than at the Peace Bridge. The Rainbow Bridge is a "revenue bridge" and the Q-L has a lot more assholes working there than the Peace Bridge. You might have come cross two assholes at the Peace Bridge, but they'll eventually come across at lot more at the Q-L, especially when they're busy as hell in the summer.