If they charged you duty, it would have been wise to appeal the assessment. Film is not dutiable.
I DID query it and was told I was lucky I wasn't charged more! Left me with the impression that you are totally at the mercy of the person who processes your package. Gotta hope whoever it was didn't start the day with a marital spat, or being cut off in traffic.
The country of origin was Germany - I ordered from the manufacturer to "save money".
I read somewhere all the tariffs raised on consumer goods and I am talking everything from photographic supplies to clothing do not amount to much in terms of revenue. The Canadian Treasury's main sources of funds are income tax and the GST.
I don't have an issue paying the sales taxes. I do however have a big issue paying tariffs to protect either an industry that does not exist anymore or has hardly any impact on the Canadian economy.
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