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  • Is there anyway to beat shipping?

    it seems that if i were to buy from the states (i live in canada, near the border) i would end up paying 1000 or more for a bridgeport sized machine?

  • #2
    Ya...smuggle it under a bridge! Only way to "beat" shipping.
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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    • #3
      i know a friend that lives in states, if i said to the border police, that it was a gift from them, would i not have to pay taxes? Also i've heared that there is no border tax for old machines? is this true?

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      • #4
        You ever hear the saying:

        "If you wanna play you have to pay"?


        cough up


        Gunny

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        • #5
          Well im trying to pay the least possible, is that wrong?

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          • #6
            No not at all,


            but come on, a milling machine gift?

            do you think the Custom Agents are stupid??

            why dont you check CDN sources for machinery?

            I am an American living here in Canada, and as much as I love the US, I rarely by anything there, simply because of the cost of shipping, duty, taxes, brokerage fees and so forth. It is very rarely worth it.

            Find a local source


            Gunny

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            • #7
              Elninio,

              Go down and buy it. Take a few family members for help. Bring it back on a trailer (not rental but yours) or in the back of a truck. Declare it at the border. There is no duty on American made machine tools. Pay the GST. Drive home.
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              • #8
                Trojan Horse. Build a replica Bridgeport out of sytrofoam and take that across the border. Throw the fake away, load real Bridgeport and then you're just bringing your own tool back.

                George

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                • #9
                  For shipping cost you can't beat a company called "Forward Air" all you have to do is get it to the turminal for them. They have planes not trucks. Great prices. By the way there is no tax on machines. The tax number that covers this was given on a string about 3 weeks ago on this site.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys, good advice, i thought i had to pay some special tax on machine tools in order for the government to protect the sellers in canada, it seems that i have checked local tool stores and they dont sell what im looking for, a store in BC sells what im looking for (geared head milling machine) for over 3k! Of course its easier to get it from wholesale tools for 1395?

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                    • #11
                      I think if you take it apart, it is no longer a machine. It is just machine tool parts and they have a cheaper tariff.

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                      • #12
                        There is no tarriff on American made machine tools. There is tax on anything brought across the border.
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                        • #13
                          But this machine is an import from "chinese land". So is there would be a tarrif?. its a geared head mill/drill such as the 1 from enco. So it would be non-american

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                          • #14
                            I once snuck some weed out of Mexico in my pants. Do you have a big pair of pants?

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                            Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga
                            Techno-Anarchist

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                            • #15
                              Made in China yes there is a tarriff best bet to phone and check with Customs clearing house as to the percentage you would have to pay and if it will be on the what you pay for the machine or the actual value of the machine. I know this makes a difference for the taxes.

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