Foreign Vendors Sending Free Samples - Maybe Not
Every commodity that crosses the border requires specified details for customs clearance, including the free of charge commercial samples. Through the course of business, importers commonly receive commercial samples from suppliers and vendors from both the U.S. and overseas.
Many vendors would deem these shipments as zero value (free of charge) to their Canadian clients. But for Canada Customs purposes, the shipper must declare a fair market value. If not, improper declaration may lead to penalties (Administrative Monetary Penalty System - AMPS) or possible seizures by Canada Border Services Agency. When in doubt, we highly recommend speaking with your customs broker.