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EBay uses NAFTA angle in lobbying for wider import-duty loophole

By Derek Abma      

Canada doesn’t apply sales taxes or duties on imported purchases of $20 or less. That threshold is much higher in other countries, such as the U.S. where it’s US$800.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office isn't tipping its hand on how friendly it is to the idea of raising the limit at which imports are assessed for duties and sales taxes. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Officials with the online sales platform eBay are continuing their long-running lobbying effort with the Canadian government to raise the limit for which imported products are assessed duties and sales taxes, and say the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations provide the right opportunity to do this. The U.S. company—which has a Canadian division and some hired lobbyists in Ottawa—has been meeting with several government official in recent months, filing eight communication reports on the federal lobbyists registry since April, five

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