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eBay Wants Changes In Duties

A study published by the CD Howe Institute is the latest attempt by eBay to get the Canadian government to consider raising the duty free thresholds.

Most postal shipments valued at under $20 and gift shipments valued at under $60 (in Canadian funds) that are imported into Canada are not subject to duties and taxes. And this eBay commissioned report studies the possible effects of a hike of this threshold to $80, $100 and $200 (in Canadian funds).

Apparently the authors of this study have found “that an increase of the DMT in Canada will be fiscally neutral or even positive for the federal government” and that such an increase would “likely to yield a net economic benefit for Canada”.

The American threshold was raised from $200 to $800 (in American funds) last February so hopefully the government will consider a higher threshold, reducing a need for paperwork for eBay sellers and Amazon Marketplace merchants outside of Canada. But the study does not include information in regards to the impact of these changes to Canadian retailers so the government would likely need to commission a report on the issue as well.

For additional information on importing music by mail you can either click here to read my article on saving by importing films and music or click here for the official information issued by the Canadian Borders Services Agency.

Shipping Deadlines

Today is the last day to ship regular parcels out to Canadian addresses for December 24th, according to Canada Post. And the last day to send a parcel Xpresspost or Priority is on December 22nd, conservatively, although I would do it on or prior to December 21st myself.

You will also have until December 17th to send out cards/gift cards by regular letter mail, December 18th if its destination is within the province. But Amazon.ca also has an option to send gift cards express by December 21st.

December 17th would likely also be the last day to get physical gift cards shipped from chapters.indigo.ca and Sears.ca.

The above mentioned retailers also send gift cards by email, if it’s more of your thing or you happened to have forgotten, along with iTunes Canada and Newegg.ca.

Update : Community Mailboxes On Hold

In case you haven’t heard, Canada Post issued a press release today saying it will place the upcoming conversion of door to door deliveries to community mailboxes on hold, temporarily.

I suspect public consultations will probably be conducted in the near future.

Canada Post Warns Of Delays Due To Weather

Canada Post has issued an advisory stating that deliveries may be delayed in some areas due to severe weather. Click here for details.

Canada Post Honours Canadian Country Stars

Canada Post have recently issued stamp collections honouring five of Canada’s top country music stars : Shania Twain, Hank Snow, Tommy Hunter, K.D Lang and Renée Martel.

The Shania Twain Limited Edition Framed Prints went rather quickly so don’t delay on placing your order for the framed prints dedicated to the other artists.

Click here for more details.

Campaign To Save Door To Door Deliveries

I’ve been seeing signs for this campaign around my neighbourhood so I thought I’d link it for people who are interested in participating : savecanadapost.ca