How to Import and Dropship from China to Canada

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roysommerfeld
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30 Oct 16 02:04:23 am
Hi Folks,

I am located in Canada and want to start a small online retail business and want to try drop shipping for the first time. I'd like to drop ship from China, to Canada (Canada wide) and have only two questions about Business registration and Customs

I called and asked 3 different People who (I thought) should know everything about it and guess what,.... 3 different answers. If this is not confusing,... I don't know.

However,... Now I ask one of you , who is dealing with it on his/her daily basis, hoping that there is someone from Canada out there who knows a little about it.

OK, here are my 2 questions

1. since I'm going to sell online (inside Canada only) I was been told I have to register my Business in all Provinces and Territories.

Bullshitt or truth ?

2. Since I'm planning on doing drop shipping (mainly from China for now) , do I have to have an Import permit for this and have to clear and pay the duties for the Items coming into Canada or is the purchaser responsible for this ?

I don't know if I will have the time, to clear all these (most times) single Items, I don't mind at all paying the duties and fees and so on, I just like to know, what is the best way to get a product to the client with as less inconvenience as possible. Hiring a Customs Broker would make a single Item or even a small amount of Items of lower value exorbitant expensive.

So, what do I have to do ?


Thank you in advance for your answers.

Greetings
Roy

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fudjj
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30 Oct 16 02:20:27 am
Hi Roy, let me start by saying I'm not a Canadian, so I'm just guessing half of this.

Let me start with the half I do know and that relates to who npays any import duties on arrival. As a Dropshipper, the product is sent directly to your customer and they are the ones that will get the import duty notification, iff applicable. Now I'm not sure what the import duty rules are in Canada, however I'm sure there will be some threshold limit in place.

Best place to find out what your free import limit is, is to speak directly with Customs and they are the ones who implement any and all applicable duties.

Now for the part I have no clue about and to be honest, I can't even hazard a guess. Best advice I can give is to contact your local business registration office and they are going to be able to give you all the relevent information you need. If you're unsure as to what office handles those affairs, just contact your local government office and they will most certianly be able to send you in the right direction.

Sorry I couldn't be more help :)


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roysommerfeld
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30 Oct 16 08:32:13 pm
Hi Mark,

Thank you very much for taking your Time answering my questions.
At least "the half you do know" was helpful.
At least for the drop ship and import duty part, because when ever I ordered something from abroad for myself, I was the one who had to deal
with the import duties.
This is also the info I've got from one of the people I asked this question.
It was probably a mistake asking multiple people, then you will get most likely several different opinions.

BTW , any help, no matter how small, is still considered help, right ?

thanks
Roy

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fudjj
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30 Oct 16 10:52:43 pm
Cheers Roy, happy to help as much as I can :)


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