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"Goods to Follow" list for Inland PR Applicants - Who went through this?

"Goods to Follow" list for Inland PR Applicants - Who went through this?

Old Oct 1st 2003, 4:39 am
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I understand that once the inland PR applicant "lands", they are required to go to their local Canada Customs office and declare everything on the spot, including the goods to follow.

Consider the following scenario:

1. At the time of entering Canada, applicant had no plans of immigrating Canada, entered as a genuine visitor, and therefore made no inventory of their possessions.

2. After applying for PR inland, applicant was advised not to leave Canada until the process is complete, because re-entry is not guaranteed.

3. Because of immigration backlogs, the PR processing took an extremely long time, during which the memory of the possessions faded away - leaving only a vague idea of what is left there in storage back in the home country.

4. Applicant has avoided having any items shipped into Canada during the immigration process, because of the high brokerage fees charged by shipping companies.

There is no way the applicant can, at this point in time, make the list of goods to follow on the spot. A vague list would leave out too many items, and there were many.

The applicant is myself. What can I do?
Please help help help

Please don't suggest I have someone back in the home country rummage through my items and make a list. It is always an option, and a very unpleasant one for me!

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Old Oct 1st 2003, 7:29 am
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"Alfaris" <member@british_expats.com> wrote in message
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    > I understand that once the inland PR applicant "lands", they are
    > required to go to their local Canada Customs office and declare
    > everything on the spot, including the goods to follow.
    > Consider the following scenario:
    > 1. At the time of entering Canada, applicant had no plans of immigrating
    > Canada, entered as a genuine visitor, and therefore made no inventory
    > of their possessions.
    > 2. After applying for PR inland, applicant was advised not to leave
    > Canada until the process is complete, because re-entry is not
    > guaranteed.
    > 3. Because of immigration backlogs, the PR processing took an extremely
    > long time, during which the memory of the possessions faded away -
    > leaving only a vague idea of what is left there in storage back in
    > the home country.
    > 4. Applicant has avoided having any items shipped into Canada during the
    > immigration process, because of the high brokerage fees charged by
    > shipping companies.
    > There is no way the applicant can, at this point in time, make the list
    > of goods to follow on the spot. A vague list would leave out too many
    > items, and there were many.
    > The applicant is myself. What can I do?
    > Please help help help
    > Please don't suggest I have someone back in the home country rummage
    > through my items and make a list. It is always an option, and a very
    > unpleasant one for me!
    > Alfaris
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Then you should go back and make the list

we boxed our things and gave general descriptions to each box
e.g. music and computer cd's, glassware, and so on
we then did a general evaluation of each box.

you should try make a list from memory anyway, and then look around you and
think of what you missed bringing from home or what you have bought over
here that you left, Its not so hard.
 
Old Oct 1st 2003, 7:49 am
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Default Re: "Goods to Follow" list for Inland PR Applicants - Who went through this?

Thank you for the advice.

But I can't go back and make the list because I am still not a PR, and it is possible that they will not let me back into Canada.

You see my dilemma...

Alfaris


Originally posted by Robert
Then you should go back and make the list

we boxed our things and gave general descriptions to each box
e.g. music and computer cd's, glassware, and so on
we then did a general evaluation of each box.

you should try make a list from memory anyway, and then look around you and
think of what you missed bringing from home or what you have bought over
here that you left, Its not so hard.
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Old Oct 1st 2003, 9:43 am
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"Alfaris" <member@british_expats.com> wrote in message
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    > Thank you for the advice.
    > But I can't go back and make the list because I am still not a PR, and
    > it is possible that they will not let me back into Canada.
    > You see my dilemma...
    > Alfaris
    > Originally posted by Robert
    > > Then you should go back and make the list
    > >
    > > we boxed our things and gave general descriptions to each box
    > > e.g. music and computer cd's, glassware, and so on
    > > we then did a general evaluation of each box.
    > >
    > > you should try make a list from memory anyway, and then look
    > > around you and
    > > think of what you missed bringing from home or what you have
    > > bought over
    > here that you left, Its not so hard.
Then all I can suggest is that you wait until PR is sorted, get yourself off
home, make the list then come back and do your landing for PR on the way
back and the GTF list, kill two birds with one stone so to speak.

Lets see what the regulars say ?
 
Old Oct 1st 2003, 9:45 am
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Hi,

You know my story - I had whole bunch of items shipped while I was still
waiting for PR.

I don't understand much about brokerage fees - what are they, and why do
they charge them? Like I said a while ago, I had several boxes shipped
from UK, and I was not charged anything extra from UPS - just the
regular expedited shipping fees.

All boxes were clearly marked with contents, and the UPS driver simply
asked me if they were personal goods when he delivered them. Thats how
I did it - why would they charge some people brokerage and not others?

Even now, I occasionally ask my family back home to forward something
else on to me.. never once have I had to pay tax or anything extra!

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Old Oct 1st 2003, 10:10 am
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Default Re: "Goods to Follow" list for Inland PR Applicants - Who went through

It is probably because it is coming in from the UK. Every time I had something shipped from USA, I had to pay brokerage fees on delivery. Then I was also billed for them, and had to call UPS and argue that I already paid them. No proof though, since the driver never gave me a receipt. It was a very unpleasant experience.

I also had very comprehensive lists about the contents with everything clearly listed and value marked.

Another possible explanation is that your family requests UPS to bill brokerage charges back to them, so that you personally do not have to worry about them.

Alfaris


Originally posted by Simon
Hi,

You know my story - I had whole bunch of items shipped while I was still
waiting for PR.

I don't understand much about brokerage fees - what are they, and why do
they charge them? Like I said a while ago, I had several boxes shipped
from UK, and I was not charged anything extra from UPS - just the
regular expedited shipping fees.

All boxes were clearly marked with contents, and the UPS driver simply
asked me if they were personal goods when he delivered them. Thats how
I did it - why would they charge some people brokerage and not others?

Even now, I occasionally ask my family back home to forward something
else on to me.. never once have I had to pay tax or anything extra!

Simon




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Old Oct 1st 2003, 10:12 am
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Default Re: "Goods to Follow" list for Inland PR Applicants - Who went through this?

Since I am an inland applicant, my landing interview will be scheduled at a local office here in Canada. I don't think I can go to the border and land there, because inland applicants are not issued a PR visa, just the interview letter. But I am wondering if I can land here in Canada, but do the actual customs paperwork at the border. Is that possible? Does anyone know?

Alfaris

Originally posted by Robert
Then all I can suggest is that you wait until PR is sorted, get yourself off
home, make the list then come back and do your landing for PR on the way
back and the GTF list, kill two birds with one stone so to speak.

Lets see what the regulars say ?
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