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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:32 pm 
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Hi and good morning CAF,

Just as the title says, has it gotten better? Just have an opportunity to acquire a tuned, high-powered springer from a notable field target shooter. It is tempting... But I've heard the horror stories in getting airguns into the country. Also, he said he prefers to use UPS (yikes!), other option is USPS. Anybody here imported an airgun from the States and if yes, what was your experience?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:20 pm 
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I did order some. They were stuck for over a week in customs. They eventually got through. I talked to CBSA afterwards and they said I was very lucky to get them because Canada post isn't set up to do the brokerage for firearms (anything over 500fps).
I agree that UPS brokerage is terrible. Adds major cost.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:41 pm 
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Thanks Wes. That's what I was afraid of. It's too much of a gamble that you'll receive the rifle without any issues. And this is UPS we're talking about. I'll pass.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:07 am 
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wesb2007 wrote:
I did order some. They were stuck for over a week in customs. They eventually got through. I talked to CBSA afterwards and they said I was very lucky to get them because Canada post isn't set up to do the brokerage for firearms (anything over 500fps).
I agree that UPS brokerage is terrible. Adds major cost.
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Many times CBSA personnel do not even know their own rules. Simply amazing really. Had one guy at the booth, a seasoned veteran no less, tell us that their was a zero exemption if one was only out of country for 24 hours, said it has always been that way :roll: . Anyway, brokerage on firearms is no different than any other product. Based on value almost 100% of the time with only HST being applicable. Canada Post only collects the charges calculated by Customs and on their behalf, plus their own $10 fee. Just include a copy of PAL in the box for customs. Canada Post cannot open boxes and it is not within their authority in any case. They do not do "brokerage" on any package, regardless of what it contains.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:38 am 
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Ok interesting. I agree, putting your PAL in the box is important or in my case, a business firearms license. Putting the frt sheet in as well would probably be helpful.
According to CBSA though, or at least that agent, if you aren't using a courier or customs broker you need to go yourself and show that info. But sounds like I'm not the only one then that had gotten things through.
Hard to know what is what.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:23 am 
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I'm lucky I live 10 minutes from border in Niagara Falls. The one PCP I got from US a couple years ago, I had shipped to mailbox and picked it up. Declared at border and just paid sales tax. I called a buddy who is CBP officer and he told me that was all I had to do.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:15 pm 
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I purchased from Straight Shooters , Mac-1 , JM , Marty from Silver Streaks Shooting Sports ( AA 200 FFB ), RL Airgun Supply ... he said he built me the coolest pcp Small Frame Talon ever 1 off...in camo guise. Dukes Airguns , Black Pool Airguns ( In England ), Buffalo Gun Centre , TKO plus others.. I guess you can say I purchased 90% of my airguns from the U.S. It was so easy for me then. I spoke to Airguns Of Arizona ..the best now U.S. Center... They told me they will ship right to our door np. There is no more hassle. Just do not purchased black listed items. So I guess you can say the fear is gone because of the advent of internet sales. It must be easier by now. I stick with AGS AirGunSource Canada and Canadian Shooting Supply these days. AGS being the best Air Gun center. I see Beeman guns everywhere I just purchased 3 of them. So we're getting closer to AirGun Nirvana soon, save your money.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:40 pm 
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Ive bought a few rifles over the last year from the US of A. I get the shipper to paste my PAL number on the outside of the package , I also ask that my PAL information ( all of it ) is on the inside of the package . Haven’t had a problem .

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:24 pm 
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Hobbyman2007 wrote:
Ive bought a few rifles over the last year from the US of A. I get the shipper to paste my PAL number on the outside of the package , I also ask that my PAL information ( all of it ) is on the inside of the package . Haven’t had a problem .


Hi Hobbyman , I did that very same thing 20 plus years ago until today. I would preregister the rifle in my name and mail the U.S. Airgun company my cfc papers and a photo copy of my P.A.L. Works flawlessly.
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