Duty Free for Original Art?

Source: By Aaron Lundstrom, eHow Contributing Writer

Not all duties are created equal. If purchasing original artwork made in the United States or Mexico, the artwork is exempt from Canadian duty under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Artwork deemed original must have been formed by the artist’s hand, such as with paintings and drawings. According to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), this does not apply to mass-produced reproductions or pieces constructed in a “cookie-cutter” manner, where one design is repeated without extensive variance in style, even when artists perform this construction.

Read more: Canadian Customs Duties for Original Art | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6749469_canadian-customs-duties-original-art.html#ixzz0upCbctZC

This is extremely good news for art collectors in Canada. I often sell to Canadian collectors and I’m glad I can pass this information.

Original painting by Wanda Pepin, sent to a Canadian Customer.

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One Response to Duty Free for Original Art?

  1. joelled says:

    Hello, I was charged gst/pst on an original painting by a US artist. This fee was charged at the post office before I was allowed to take possession. Where would I write to, to attempt a refund? thank you

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