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Driving an Egg to Canada - duty-free?

CanadEggCanadEgg Posts: 2
edited 5:43AM in EggHead Forum
Hi all,

I'm much closer to the US than I am to any BGE dealers in Canada, and the prices between the two nations are -- well, there's an extraordinary jump north of the border.

Normally, paying duty at the border would be enough to put me off, but I've been doing some research, and if I stayed in the U.S. for more than 48 hours, and paid duty on the excess cost of the Egg (about $300 for a Medium), I'd be eligible for a "preferred tariff" of only 7%, according to the Government of Canada Web site.

The Egg might even be duty-free, if it was manufactured in the USA or Mexico, according to this PDF.

Can anyone tell me where the Egg is manufactured, and if there's anything in its documentation that clearly states it (if it was made in the U.S. or Mexico)?

Even at the "preferred tariff" rate, we're talking under $50 in fees. Much, much less than the $200+ difference in price between Vermont and Montreal.

Is there anything I'm not considering here? This seems a little too easy...


  • CanadEggCanadEgg Posts: 2
    Forgot to mention: I am aware that there'd be a warranty issue, and in the (apparently vanishingly unlikely) event that I needed to use the warranty, I'd have to boot back down to Vermont with the Egg. I don't see that as a dealbreaker, given how reliable they seem to be (and that the Vermont dealer is closer than any Canadian city that sells 'em).
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    How about use it a couple times and then bring it back. :laugh: They sure can't charge you taxes on existing stuff, or simple cargo. Can they? :whistle:
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Just visit the US dealer often enough and they will back you in the future. I'd sure think.
  • bcdonbcdon Posts: 17
    Buy it in the US, that is what I did. The egg is made in Mexico so you'll only have to pay sales taxes (HST here in BC) on it.

    EDIT: BTW, the dealer markup here in BC is at least 50% on every item. Even if they added an import tax, you'll still be better off.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 3,771
    We were on the same track. B)
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
  • WWSisWWSis Posts: 1,448
    What dealer are you buying from? Unless you already have picked a dealer, I'd be happy to link you with mine, assuming you are from Montreal...he's probably the closest to you.
  • CPBCPB Posts: 133
    I bought one in Spokane Wash and crossed the border in BC, duty free.....Call the crossing first, I do not trust them to be consistent. I was prepared to pay if needed.
  • I have heard of bootlegging whisky, even smokes, but never smokers!!!! this is good stuff... carry it in the trunk and run the border?

    Maybe you can get float it across with a coyotee....

    seriously, good luck you are gonna love the egg...

    Rockwall Texas, just east of Dallas where the humidity and heat meet! Life is too short to get caught in the fast lane behind somebody slow!

    XL, LG, Sm, Mini and Weber for drink holder

  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 456
    Yup - you could get away with duty free - but you'd still be paying the tax on the amount above your personal exemption.
  • OMG EggsOMG Eggs Posts: 118
    Most things are duty free. Would worry about it.
  • ranger rayranger ray Posts: 812
    spend a couple of days camping in vermont...... use the egg allot ..... get it good and dirty and tell the border cops you had it with you all the time..... and you owned it for years... rr
  • CityplaceCityplace Posts: 15
    Don't worry about it - the most you'd pay is the Sales Tax (if even).

    I bought my Egg from Buffalo (and trucked all the way back to Toronto) - and even declared it at the border and they let me through (and I was there less than 10 hours).
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