I have been saddle shopping for the last couple months and have been unable to find a quality used french saddle that will fit me or my horse locally (or anywhere in Canada, for that matter!). I have resorted to looking at saddles in the US. Has anyone in Canada bought a used saddle from the US before, what kind of duty and taxes were charged at the border? I understand that saddles made in the US would be duty free, but the high end french brands such as Butet, Devoucoux..ect would not be exempt from duty fees.
I was really lucky and scored a nice used Childeric last fall when the Canadian dollar was at par for a millisecond or two... I paid 1,800 for it, but as I recall, the duty & taxes (as well as shipping COD) were over 300. Still less than the cost of anything comparable that I could find here... good luck with your search!
I looked forever trying to find a used Delgrange as I REALLY wanted one. I managed to find one thanks to mbmarsh on here and brought it up. I was expecting to get hit with duties and taxes but somehow I have was not charged.Note to self though fed ex sucked !!! I wont be using them again thats for sure. It was actually a overal painless experience except for fed ex.
You can call Canadian Border services they are very helpful.
I recently called and found out the following,
If you bring a saddle over the border you will have to pay duty and taxes.
If you return the saddle you will NOT get a refund on the duty and taxes paid.
So it can get very expensive if you don't get one that fits the first time.
I live near the border and thought about trailering over the line to try on saddles instead of having them shipped over the border. That way I would only have to spring for gas and a coggins test (but still a PITA)
I notice you are in BC. The Dog & Pony carries the Butet and Heritage Equine in southlands carries several other high-end French saddles. I don't think anyone is carrying the Devoncoux right now though.
I had been looking for a used Childeric last year, and was having no luck finding one in my budget, and the model I needed. I e-mailed Cori McGraw, and she was super helpful. I actually went in on a whim to a local tack shop and found the exact model I had been searching for and bought it for a song ($2200)! Even though I didn't buy anything from Cori McGraw, she is very helpful, straight forward and wonderful to deal with. She knows what she's selling. I would send her an e-mail, maybe she can help you out. Good luck
I bought a used saddle from the US and had it shipped to Canada.
Shipping was about $45, and I was not charged duty as the shipper sent it as though an individual was sending it as a gift. The shipper also reduced the estimated value, so if I had to pay duty, it would have been on a much smaller amount.
PM me if you want details for who I bought from.
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