I searched for this subject but could not find a relevant thread. I need to ship a used bass from the US to Canada. I have a Fedex account so shipping charges are about the same as the USPS, so I rather ship via Fedex. I've been doing research for hours to understand what the import duties are, but can't get a solid figure. As I understand, under the NAFTA agreement, some items are duty-free, and you "only" pay sales tax (GST tax, 7%), an HST tax (5%) customs' handling $5.00 fee, and brokerage fees (Fedex charges between $20 and $30, I think). I know that if you ship via USPS, you don't pay brokerage fees, only the $5.00 customs fee, but I'd still rather ship via Fedex. But guitars and basses are not duty-free. I found they have a 6% import duty, on top of all those fees above. But the Canadian recipient tells me that he has gotten charged 20% import duty on top of all the others fees, instead of the 6% that I'm finding. Does anybody have any experience with this? I'm sending a used bass to Vancouver. I also know that duties change by province, so maybe that's why he's getting charged 20%?