Please be advised of an ongoing scam involving the sale of storage containers
The scope of a scam involving the sale of shipping containers in Canada is growing, as an increasing number of legitimate companies that sell the structures say their good names are being used by fraudsters to swindle victims out of thousands of dollars. – CBC News ·
If you are considering buying a container please be aware that there are many people and places selling containers all over Canada. Many are just slightly cheaper than others and one of the reasons one place may be slightly cheaper than another is “duties”.
When a container lands in North America and is not going back on the ocean the government charges duties. Here in Canada the rate is 6.5% + GST based on the cost of the unit the day the invoice was created when the supplier purchased it. All containers are traded in USD so the invoice is created in USD and the vendor must obtain the “USD Closing Rate” for that day from the Canadian Border Services Agency. Once they know the rate they must obtain and fill in Form B 3 and Form CI 1 and submit the duties to Canadian Border Services Agency. This is a voluntary system and if it isn’t done no one will be calling but the Government of Canada is aware and has a record of every container that arrives in the country. In our conversations with our representative at CBSA the government is aware that the duties are not being paid right across the country and will track them down. They do this on a regular basis so if the container you are thinking of buying is perhaps a couple hundred dollars cheaper than another vender, this could very well be the reason. Ask the vendor, “Are the duties paid”? If they have been paid the vendor will be able to prove the duties have been paid. If they cannot prove it then one should consider walking away.
JPL Storage is a leader throughout North Eastern Ontario in secure portable storage. From our base in Haileybury, we offer container rentals, sales, modifications, moving supplies, tote rentals, and container accessories (shelf brackets, man doors, windows, block and puck locks).
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Peter and Janice LaRocque owners of JPL Storage. Our mission is to provide convenient, economical, stress free storage solutions to the residential and business communities.
*JPL Storage is not responsible for goods stored in our containers, charges are for storage only. Customer must arrange for insurance if they require coverage.