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JasonToews 11-30-2011 04:01 AM

Has anyone heard of this?
So im from canada bc, I have a us postal address which i get packages delivered to, a company called package express. Anways I purchased around 50Lbs of grain from northern brewer as it is easier to go to sumas (10 minutes away) where package express is, then driving to Vancouver(1 hour away). The border guard (going back into canada after picking up the grain at the us address) says I could possibly get taxed a commerical tax on malted barley as I can make alot of beer with 50Lbs. Does this make any sense at all to you guys?? It sounds friggin ridiculous to me. I understand they could possibly tax our hst or gst but what is this commerical tax he was talking about?



FatherJack 11-30-2011 05:01 AM

If it sounds ridiculous and it has to do with a government policy, it's probably true. Sorry I don't know the specifics of it, but I wouldn't doubt it.

Never come between a government and what they perceive to be theirs (tax money).

WestCoastHopper 11-30-2011 05:16 AM

I wouldn't worry too much. Take a look at Canada customs website before you ship next time and see what that say about the commercial issue. There'll be some definition, and I bet it has more to do with use than volume. The site should list all their policies and regs. Frankly it would not be odd for a Canada Customs officer to not know what they're talking about. They are mostly part-time students. They probably have no interest in looking up the regs, especially at a busy crossing like Sumas.

sculpin 11-30-2011 05:24 AM

My understanding is that brewing ingredients are int the same category as food, so not taxable.

Out of curiosity, how much did you pay for the 50# of grains? Price plus shipping?

JasonToews 11-30-2011 05:42 AM

well i ordered multiple types of malt which added up to near 50 lbs. this is what i ordered. Each grain is by: # of pounds per bag, # of bags and what it cost. Northern brewer always does 7.99 flat rate

Rahr 2-Row Malt - 5 lbs. unmilled 4 6.70 26.80
Rahr 2-Row Malt - 1 lb. unmilled 2 1.34 2.68
German Munich Malt - 1 lb. unmilled 6 1.69 10.14
Rahr White Wheat Malt - 1 lb. unmilled 7 1.38 9.66
English Chocolate Malt - 1 lb. whole 1 1.99 1.99
Briess Caramel 40L 2 1.79 3.58
English Roasted Barley 1 1.99 1.99
Briess Caramel 60L 3 1.79 5.37
Belgian Biscuit Malt 1 2.10 2.10
Flaked Wheat 1 1.59 1.59
Gambrinus Honey Malt 1 1.89 1.89
Belgian Special B 1 2.10 2.10

harrydrez 11-30-2011 12:55 PM

People in the government are the greediest folks around, so I wouldn't doubt they would try something silly like that. That being said: how does the border gaurd know how much beer you are making? You could make a lot of session beer or a smaller volume of barelywine. You also could use it all at once or over many weeks.

I wouldn't worry unless you get a knock on the door.

luke2080 11-30-2011 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by harrydrez (Post 3528739)
I wouldn't worry unless you get a knock on the door.

When there is a knock on the door, it is probably too late to worry.

But I also wouldn't worry about this. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to ding you for GST, but any discussion of a commercial tax I would believe is that border guard not knowing the rules.

But next time put the malt back inside of a normal grain bag, and say its for your horses or something. They only like american feed.

friday 11-30-2011 01:36 PM

Here in the states it's food until you ferment it.

For everyone here in the states if your brew shop tries to charge you sales tax for grain or yeast raise a big stink, it is defiantly non taxable here.

ReverseApacheMaster 11-30-2011 01:36 PM

That's what you get for being Canadian.

stanzela 11-30-2011 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by ReverseApacheMaster (Post 3528840)
That's what you get for being Canadian.


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