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B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:52:03 PM »
As a Canadian placing an order with B&H, at checkout they give the option to pre-pay taxes and duty, which sounds great, so it’s the option I’ve chosen for the last few years.

But this week a package came in from B&H with a lens and it has $90 tax and duty, and I already paid $44 USD for “Tax and Duty”.
Now that I think about it, I also paid tax and duty twice on the previous order as well.
When they started advertising “free shipping” to Canada a few years ago I thought it was great, but it looks like the “Fast & Easy” button has effectively scammed me into paying even more for shipping than I did before!

Does anyone else have experience with B&H shipping to Canada?

Am I just unlucky or is B&H (effectively) running a scam on fake customs fees?

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B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:52:03 PM »

Don Haines

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 07:54:59 PM »
Interesting.....

My last order was with the Customs fees pre-paid and there were no additional charges.....

I suggest you contact them.....
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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 10:33:35 PM »
My last order was with the Customs fees pre-paid and there were no additional charges.....

I suggest you contact them.....

Ditto

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 08:11:17 PM »
My last order was with the Customs fees pre-paid and there were no additional charges.....

I suggest you contact them.....

Ditto

More likely the delivery company that is doing the scamming.

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2017, 01:01:43 AM »
So long as we have NAFTA, camera equipment is not dutiable with the exception of some carbon fibre tripods.

What was the shipping method you chose?


I experienced a similar sort of thing when I ordered a circular polarizer from B&H back in the spring. I was charged "duty" when I shouldn't have been charged anything. The actual problem was the shipping company -- because the item was shipped via ground, they charged a brokerage fee but called it "duty".

To avoid brokerage fees it's sometimes worthwhile to pay for the faster shipping, even though it seems like it adds a massive expense at checkout. Anything shipper via express/air, etc. has the brokerage fee already included.

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2017, 12:53:15 PM »
My last order was with the Customs fees pre-paid and there were no additional charges.....

I suggest you contact them.....

Ditto

More likely the delivery company that is doing the scamming.
UPS?

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 01:19:06 PM »
My last order was with the Customs fees pre-paid and there were no additional charges.....

I suggest you contact them.....

Ditto

More likely the delivery company that is doing the scamming.
UPS?

Yeah, UPS and FedEx like to call their brokerage fees “duty”. It’s ridiculous.

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 01:19:06 PM »

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 02:03:19 PM »
Bet you UPS ground shipping..  been scammed by that many times.

You can tell them you'll process the duties yourself, some websites online go into detail, but it sounds like a bit of a pain. Some of the shipping options avoided any brokerage scams, but still required duties/taxes. It's changed since I last tried it.

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2017, 02:18:34 PM »
The package was shipped USPS and delivered through Canada Post.
The issue is I see no indication on the customs forms that anything special was done at all. It really looks like they’re just taking people’s money for nothing.

I sent an e-mail to CS with the B&H internal website system but I’m not sure if the e-mail actually made it to them, or if it’s just the holiday rush delaying things.
I guess I should probably call them and make sure to get an answer before too much time passes.

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 07:54:29 AM »
The package was shipped USPS and delivered through Canada Post.
The issue is I see no indication on the customs forms that anything special was done at all. It really looks like they’re just taking people’s money for nothing.

I sent an e-mail to CS with the B&H internal website system but I’m not sure if the e-mail actually made it to them, or if it’s just the holiday rush delaying things.
I guess I should probably call them and make sure to get an answer before too much time passes.

Yes, it always makes sense to contact a company first, especially one with very responsive customer service.  Not understanding the issue and then going to online forums to shout "scam" makes no sense (for people without an agenda).

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Re: B&H Canadian Shipping “Fast & Easy” Customs Problems
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 07:54:29 AM »