How do I make sure the end customer isnâ€™t charged the Canadian sales taxes (GST for Canada, PST for BC) twice, while still allowing the company to ship to them directly?
The answer is: you canâ€™t. Not legally, anyway. By law, if I sell something to someone who lives in Canada, I have to collect the GST (and PST if they live in BC). When the item comes across the border into Canada, if itâ€™s shipped directly to the customer, they have to pay it again. Legally I canâ€™t not collect it on the grounds that they will pay it, and legally they canâ€™t not pay it on the grounds that I already collected it from them. I could engage a customs broker to do this, but theyâ€™re far too expensive for me to contemplate at this stage. The only legal way for the customer to avoid paying the taxes twice is if I have the item shipped to me, and then I ship it on to them. Which increases the cost of shipping, increases the delivery time, and negates much of the point of drop shipping.
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