HST On Imports And Services
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With the arrival of Harmonized Service Tax (HST), a number of goods and services have been affected. Customs Brokerage fees are one of those services that importers will now have to pay the greater tax of HST rather than GST (in most cases). Whether or not you pay the HST is based on the rules of supply and if you are importing commercial or personal goods. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Bulletin B-103 on the rule of supply is a good source. It is recommended all importers with questions take a few moments to review here.

A basic breakdown of whether or not you pay GST or HST is below:

GST/HST On Customs Brokerage Charges

Non-Commercial Imports

  • GST/HST on Brokerage charges will be the same rate as the Customs GST/HST rate (the rate imposed by the recipient resident's province).

Commercial Imports

GST/HST On Brokerage Charges Applies As Follows

  • Non-Resident Importers (NRI) will continue to be zero rated if not registered for GST/HST
  • Resident Importers are subject to the GST/HST rate in the province of entry (where actual Customs clearance takes place).
  • Refunds/drawbacks/consulting fees are subject to place of supply rules, meaning GST or HST rate is charged based on recipient?s province.

GST/HST On Imported Goods

  • Non-commercial (casual) goods - GST/PST/HST applies to imported goods at the rate imposed by the recipient resident?s province.
  • Commercial goods- only subject to the GST at time of import. HST and/or PST are not applicable to the commercial goods.

If you have questions feel free to contact our Client Services Team at 888.538.1566.

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Taryn Hannah
CCS, CTCS

Taryn Hannah has been in the trade industry since 2005. She began her career with PCB in release operations, working with all modes and all release types. In 2010 Taryn moved to the Trade Compliance Group where after a year she became the Supervisor for regulatory compliance in Canada. With the experience she gained working in many areas of import service, Taryn is the perfect fit as our Canadian Operations Manager.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.