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Warning to Canadians
Posted by roony on Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:55 PM

I had an order of $35 US from Squadron for airbrush cleaning supplies.  When it arrived it had $15 Cdn import charge.  Almost 50%.  I hope this war ends soon, and we can all go back to building in peace.  Has anyone else been hit with these new tariffs?

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:15 PM

There have been relatively high shipping charges from Canada into the US for some time, long before the current administration.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:47 PM

It's not tariffs

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    January, 2012
  • From: Barrie, Ontario
Posted by Cdn Colin on Saturday, September 01, 2018 2:22 PM

jeffpez

It's not tariffs

 

Agreed.  A number of years ago I ordered a bunch of stuff from Squadron and got a huge duty bill from FedEx.  Like the OP, it came to about half the original cost of the items.  The cost had to do with the items having different countries of origin (Trumpeter kit from China, Eduard kit from Czech Republic, for example), and Canada having different agreements with these countries.  Most of the cost was for FedEx to go through the process of finding the duties on each of the items in the shipment.  I haven't ordered form Squadron since, or anywhere else from the US that doesn't use the Postal Service.

Nothing to do with the trade war, yet.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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    November, 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, September 01, 2018 2:36 PM

jeffpez

It's not tariffs

 

But the mainstream media says it's so.....

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, September 01, 2018 2:43 PM

Justinryan215

 

 
jeffpez

It's not tariffs

 

 

 

But the mainstream media says it's so.....

 

Really? I haven't seen that story. I sincerely doubt this particular story has much to do with tariffs. 

There was a good story recently on NPR describing just how international postage rates are arrived at. The orginazation that sets them Is the UPU, or Universal Postal Union, where we are represented by our State Department.

You can read about it if interested, but it's negotiated with a lot of factors. 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, September 01, 2018 7:56 PM
It's not new, Canadians have been complaining about their import charges on US kits for many, many years. Even even trades, you sending me a kit and me sending you a kit in return, resulted in the Canadian paying more for the imported kit than the kit actually cost. To this day, when someone posts a trade, and do not give a zip code or US state (i.e. I'm in Kentucky), you assume it's someone outside the country and will probably cost more to mail the kit than it would to just buy it locally.
  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Saturday, September 01, 2018 9:22 PM

GMorrison
 
Justinryan215
 
jeffpez

It's not tariffs

 

But the mainstream media says it's so.....

 

Really? I haven't seen that story.

I think Justin was being facetious Wink

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, September 01, 2018 11:34 PM

Probably, and so was I.

Offline would be appropriate, but here's the problem. I design buildings that go 60-70 stories. THe ideal structure is steel and it normally comes in at several hundred dollars per square foot. Multiply that in a 500,000 square foot building. The steel cost will be several hundred million dollars. 

A US firm buys imported steel after a 25% Tariff, that's a 25 to 50 million premium.

A Korean firm bids lower, but up to within a close range, say 20 million dollar premium. Pure profit. Korean jobs. From steel mills that already exist and can deliver on time.

Bingo, buildings are now concrete. But those are super labor intensive. Good for labor, bad for investors.

 

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, September 02, 2018 11:25 AM

I guess he believe everything on the internet.....

Something to do with tarriffs - No.

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