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Old 08-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #51
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i applied for a nexus like 2 months ago and got the confirmation just last week for an interview...earliest available interview slot for downtown and airport is dec 12...so i opted for the blaine one for october...

i'm go beaverton once a year at least...love that place...feels "homey"...
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Just a FYI. Taxes and duties are not the same thing.
The CBSA rarely charges duties on any item. If you get called into the offices to pay, you are generally being charged tax.

Therefore, even if the item is duty free, it is still subject to taxes. A lot of people think duty and taxes are the same thing. They are not.

Tax in Vancouver is 12%. So all items coming into Canada may be charged 12% tax. Duty is a totally independent and different tax, which in my experiences have never been charged.
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US made items, albeit rare, are duty free, thanks to Free Trade Agreement.

For higher ticketed items, I wonder if you can claim back taxes paid. Wouldn't be worth it unless it was pretty expensive item.
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i'm go beaverton once a year at least...love that place...feels "homey"...
Apparently lots of island people live there. So laid back. I don't even recall how I ended up in Beaverton, but glad I did.
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First time getting taxed on it too. Knew it was going to happen eventually.
Damn, was this at point roberts? And they charged you 12%?
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make sure you drop them off WAYYYY back at the duty free shop. i tried dropping my friends off at the middle of the park and was told by the agent that if i do that again im going to get my nexus taken away, unless if i drop them off at the duty free shop area.
Was this at the US or Canadian side?
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maybe you got flagged
i never thought of it that way...it's possible. I wouldn't understand why though, i use nexus all the time and always declare my shit. =/ wonder if i can call in and ask about it

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Was this at the US or Canadian side?
either way , people arent supposed to be doing that. As MG1 said, i was told if i get caught doing that, they take your card away.
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you're lucky they didn't tax you on the whole $1200. I remember I went over my limit and they said once you're over you forfeit your allowance and pay the full amount or maybe I was unlucky. This was crossing the border by car.
That is for the 24 hours or more but less than 48 hour exemption.

If you exceed to $200.00 allowance you get taxed on the entire amount...
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Damn, was this at point roberts? And they charged you 12%?
This was at the peace arch actually.

Total tax was 15%
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so what about us 'non nexus mofos' who have to deal with the regular lineups. I go down during the late evening hours or super early morning hours to beat the rush so I can fill up the tank... but sometimes you screw yourself and pick the wrong lineup while the other line(s) move a lot quicker. there's really no way to predict which lineup will move fastest when approaching the gates.
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make sure you car is empty! I got my stuff seized and I got red flagged=( My fault for leaving all my belonging ie chanel wallet, lv wallets, blackberry etc in my car......my friend told me to put the stuff in her place that day too...... but I said it was fine, she wasn't happy haha. I learned a very expensive lesson.
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so what about us 'non nexus mofos' who have to deal with the regular lineups. I go down during the late evening hours or super early morning hours to beat the rush so I can fill up the tank... but sometimes you screw yourself and pick the wrong lineup while the other line(s) move a lot quicker. there's really no way to predict which lineup will move fastest when approaching the gates.
I look out for campers, vans, and trucks. Avoid them as much as possible. At Peace Arch, and correct me if I'm wrong, the right lane is faster. At least if was yesterday. The right lane splits up into 4 or 5 lanes, while the left one splits up into 2, maybe 3. There's this heavy set, middle aged, caucasian dude who one should avoid if in a hurry. He's a talker. Won't stop talking. Real friendly guy, for sure, but man, when you're in a hurry.......... he has the slowest line always. The blonde at the Sumas crossing, now when I come across her, I just put the car into park, lean on the door and have a long conversation. She has the nicest hazel eyes. I even asked once how she got the job and how tough it was to pass firearms training, LOL. The drivers behind me were getting pretty upset.

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make sure you car is empty! I got my stuff seized and I got red flagged=( My fault for leaving all my belonging ie chanel wallet, lv wallets, blackberry etc in my car......my friend told me to put the stuff in her place that day too...... but I said it was fine, she wasn't happy haha. I learned a very expensive lesson.
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Another neat place to go in Bellingham is Trader Joes. One had to go all the way into Seattle to shop at Trader Joes, but now that there's one in Bellingham, it's actually possible to bring back their frozen goodies still in a frozen state (their freezer bags are awesome, btw).

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I'm crossing the border this coming weekend. Looking to use Roam Mobility when I go down there, has anyone used it on their iPhone ?
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the CBSA agent kept telling us not to drop off non-nexus members, after our interview.
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I'm crossing the border this coming weekend. Looking to use Roam Mobility when I go down there, has anyone used it on their iPhone ?
I've used it on my trip down to Oregon a few weeks back, not on my iPhone though. Worked well for the most part.
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i applied for a nexus like 2 months ago and got the confirmation just last week for an interview...earliest available interview slot for downtown and airport is dec 12...so i opted for the blaine one for october...

i'm go beaverton once a year at least...love that place...feels "homey"...
Just got my conditional approval today.



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When I used to go down often, I used a T-Mobile SIM. I haven't looked at ROAM, but T-Mobile is $2/day (unlimited voice, 2G data), or $3/day (unlimited voice, 4G (non LTE) data).
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Good discussion re: Roam vs T-Mobile Roam Mobility?s latest SIM Swap promotion nets you a better deal for US roaming | MobileSyrup.com

T-Mobile Pros: $1 cheaper per day, unlimited data
T-Mobile Cons: 60 day SIM expiry (if unused for more than 60 days SIM is useless)

Roam Pros: 365-day SIM expiry, free text/calling back to Canada
Roam Cons: $1 more expensive per day, only 100MB data per day

Personally the pros for Roam were better for myself (don't travel into US frequently, keep in contact with family/gf while travelling) vs T-Mobile.
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If I'm not mistaken, Roam is just a TMobile MVNO so you're on the same network.
With an iPhone, you'll most likely get Edge (2G) speeds for data unless you happened to be in their refarmed 1900mhz areas.
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I remember when I was in BC, there is this place I ALWAYS go for breakfast when I head down: Little Cheerful in Bellingham. Until today, that's among things I truly miss of west coast.

As for non-nexus folks, if the layout didn't changed much, always stick to the lines to your left. The reason is that the highway is narrow before getting to the booth. And the left lanes usually have access to more lanes once near there, thus, line moves faster. But with the frequent construction, I'm not so sure now.
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Monitoring the border wait site can help save some time for non-Ndxus travellers.

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That is for the 24 hours or more but less than 48 hour exemption.

If you exceed to $200.00 allowance you get taxed on the entire amount...
Isin't the limit $0? the guards probably dont care if its a small amount but when I got my nexus card they were telling everyone if you are there for just the day you are allowed to bring $0 back.
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