It's not Canon specially. It's always been like that between US and Europe. The difference basically boils down to business ease and efficiency. First, in the US, sales volumes are much higher. Secondly, the customers are supposed to know the product. They are either enticed by advertisement/marketing or they read reviews from every source they found. They know what they want. So, they go to the shop, tend the CC, grab the box and off they go. Financial and selling cost are kept at minimum. Money spins. In contrast, Europeans will hesitate, doubt, linger, procrastinate before making a decision. They need salespeople to advise, discuss, reassure, convince. And - if they didn't go to another shop - they'll come another week and get the box opened, the content dissected and commented. Keeping a dead stock for rare and evasive customers and employing an army of salespeople carries a high price. Some may say that Europeans make more weighted up purchasing decisions. There's a price to pay for that. Well, you can still order by courier from Amazon US or B&H and pay the taxes on delivery.