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Canada Border agency says pay the GST; the fine will be much bigger

WINNIPEG - Officials with the Canada Border Services Agency say some people just don't understand it makes more sense to pay the GST than to try and sneak something over the border.

They point to several cases in December, such as one at the Emerson crossing where a parcel was declared to contain shoes and chocolates but really carried undeclared jewelry.

The GST would have been $600 but the importer instead had to pay $8,600 to get the contents back.

Then there was the case of a man returning to Manitoba at Boissevain who declared $1,000 for a puppy he bought from the breeder in the U.S.

A quick check showed he paid $3,000 for the dog, and ended up paying a $1,100 penalty instead of $150 in GST.

The Manitoba office of the agency says its officers issued $15,600 in penalties during December to travellers who either undervalued or failed to declare goods.

(CJOB)

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