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How do I import Percussion Play instruments to Canada and how much does it cost?

Import Percussion Play Outdoor Instruments to Canada

  • To save you the time and hassle of spending hours trawling through pages of the Canadian Customs Tariff as defind by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and understanding the various definitions and rules we’ve done this already.

  • We identify and export all of our instruments using commodity codes according to the Canadian Customs Tariff for trade between the UK and Canada.

  • In Canada there are three types of sales tax: a federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a rate of 5%, a provincial sales tax (PST) which rate varies by province, and a combination of both, a Harmonised Sales Tax (HST). Sales tax is calculated based on the sum of the value of the goods, the duty. The GST (5%) is payable on most goods at the time of importation under Part IX, Division III of the Excise Tax Act. We take care of this for you.

  • Freight costs vary from instrument to instrument and are dependent on not only the weight of the instrument but also the space occupied in transit. We pack everything with space saving in mind to keep the freight costs to a minimum, sometimes this means a little instrument assembly may by required, however full assembly instructions are always provided and we also have the assembly videos for a number of instruments.

  • How much does all of this cost and what is the cost of Freight?

  • Our incurred freight costs on average are almost 14% but can be much as 23% of the Canadian Dollar MSRP and to some provinces are even greater.

  • Duties payable can be as much a 6% of the Canadian Dollar MSRP excluding freight costs.

  • We subsidise these costs accross all of our products and in total we charge a nominal fee of 8%* or 10%* on the Canadian Dollar MSRP for Customs Entries, Freight and Duties meaning you don’t have to do anything. (*Freight for some Provinces are still currently POA these are NL, PE, NT, YT, NU)


We have shown an example of this below :-

Rainbow Sambas MSRP CA$3,000.00

Freight DDP to ON, QC, BC, AB
We charge import costs of CA$240.00

Total Costs Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) = CA$3,240.00.

Freight DDP to MB, SK, NS, NB
We charge import costs of CA$300.00

Total Costs Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) = CA$3,300.00

If you would like more information please Contact Us or drop us a quick line below and one of our friendly team will be on hand to answer your questions.




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Percussion Play is a Limited company registered in England and Wales. Company Registration No. 07639169.
Registered Office: Harwood House, 43 Harwood Road, London, SW6 4QP.
Trading Address: Percussion Play Limited, The Courtyard, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4DX.