My apologies if the following is already covered in other threads. If so, please forward link(s).
I am a Canadian in Vancouver about to buy a boat in canada
that i will moor in Blaine. I have paid canadian gst and pst on the boat and i will have a washington
state cruising permit
. My questions are:
1. If i cross the border from canada
into the US in my car with stuff for the boat, ie sails
materials etc. that I intend to leave on the boat and then drive back to canada in my car, do i have to declare these items to US customs
and if so, do i pay duty and/or wash state sales, taxes
on them?? If the answer is yes, does this mean i can't cross using my nexus pass?
2. Same questions as above, only now I am at the canadian border returning to canada without the sails
materials. Do I have to report this to Canada customs
? Can i use the Nexus lane?
3. I now buy in washington
a new radio/sail or similar for the boat and leave it on the boat. Three months later i cross into canada with the boat for the weekend only. When i check in with canada customs on the way north, do i report the purchases and do i have to pay gst pst and duty, even though boat is only in canada temporarily?
4. If answer to 3 above is yes, then if i first cruise
in the us for a couple of days do i get the $700.00 exemption, even though i bought the stuff 3 months earlier?
5. Are there any restrictions on me working on my own boat in the US? If i cross the border with a car full of tools, paint
, fittings, varnish
etc. will i have problems? What if one or more canadian friends/relatives come down as well to help me out as well? Is that a problem?
Any advice appreciated. My experience in asking US or canada customs directly for an answer has not been good as they seem to like to play a cat and mouse game
trying to catch me out on whatever course of action i've chosen.
Sorry for the length of this post.