Posted September 12th, 2017, 08:57 PM
I'll be on the Explorer round trip out of Seattle on Friday. The ship stops in Victoria the day before returning to Seattle. Do any Canadians (or anyone else for that matter) have any insights on the following:
If we get off in Victoria I understand we clear Canadian Customs. For Canadian citizens does that count as returning to Canada for duty free purposes? If so does that mean that the next day when we get off in Seattle and return home that day that we've only been out of the country for a day and thus have the much, much lower duty free allowance?
TIA for any insights on this one.
When I have done pacific cruises (LA to Vancouver with a stop in Victoria). You complete the Canada customers forms when you board the ship in LA. The cruise line collects the forms and presents them all together to Canada Customers on arrival in Victoria as that is the first stop. The entire ship is cleared. There are PA announcements for a couple people that Canada customers want to handle individually.
The following day in Vancouver, there is no customs, no passport control. You just collect your bags and walk out of the terminal since you we were cleared the day before in the Port of Victoria.
I would assume the same thing happens in your case. Customs clears the entire ship.
If I was in your case, I would argue that all your duty free items were cleared into Canada in Victoria and at that point you were charged any all tax that was due under what ever rules applied.
You are then taking items that were cleared back out of the country and then bringing them back in again. There should be no new duty. It is like driving your car into the US or taking a suitcase of clothing into the US and brining it back. There is nothing to declare since it was declared and cleared a day or two earlier.
Same thing are driving into the US and coming back to Canada. You car is ad personal belonging are not subject to duty as they were cleared when they were first imported.