What I say here may not be relevant, but I have imported concertinas from the UK to Canada and this is what I have learned.   Canada has a similar tax to VAT called HST, in addition Canada impose duties on most imports of any significant value - they do not bother with small purchases although they could do so.   There is no way to dodge paying HST (=VAT) on imports but I did find a way to avoid duties on top of that.  For each country there is (or should be) a massive online