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It’s a tax on a product made abroad. In theory, taxing items coming into the country means people are less likely to buy them as they become more expensive. The intention is that they buy cheaper local products instead - boosting your country’s economy. It may also be used to apply political pressure on other countries.
When buying from a Canadian company, tariffs (also known as duty) are part of the cost of the product. All suppliers who have brought product into Canada need to pay tariffs based on the product. That is set by the government. That cost becomes part of the cost of the product for each supplier. You may have experienced ordering product from the US and later getting a bill of duty (tariff) and brokerage charges. When buying from Hubert Canada there is no extra cost.
The US lifted tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum effective May 20, 2019. In response Canada lifted our retaliatory tariffs on US goods. This has allowed us to remove that cost from our products.
In the US, President Trump has placed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of goods from around the world, in particular China. A 10% tariff on certain products imported from China were implemented in January with an additional 15% begin added on May 10th, effectively increasing costs on these items by 25%. For scale and volume, most items from China pass through the US before coming into Canada.
See attached links for more information on tariffs:
Other boxes, cases, crates and similar articles for the conveyance or packing of goods, of plastics
Sacks and bags (including cones) for the conveyance or packing of goods, of polymers of ethylene
Carboys, bottles, flasks and similar articles for the conveyance or packing of goods, or plastics
Stoppers, lids, caps and other closures, of plastics
Articles nesoi, for the conveyance or packing of goods, of plastics
Articles of apparel & clothing accessories, of plastic, nesoi
Gaskets, washers and other seals, of plastics
V-belts of plastics, containing textile fibers
Floor covering and mats, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
Articles of noncellular vulcanized synthetic rubber other than hard rubber
Wooden tools, tool bodies tool handles, broom or brush bodies and handles nesoi: wooden boot or shoe lasts and trees
Wood marquetry and inlaid wood: wooden articles of furniture, nesoi
Other articles, nesoi, of bamboo, incl pencil slats, burial caskets, gates for confining children or pets
Baskets and bags of vegetable material wickerwork, neosi
Baskets and bags of vegetable material, neosi
Basketwork and other articles, neosi, of willow or wood
Basketwork, wickerwork and other articles made directly from plaiting materials or from articles of heading 4601, nesoi: loofah articles
Articles of paper pulp, paper, paperboard, cellulose wadding or webs of cellulose fibers nesoi
Glass stoppers, lids and other closures not produced by automatic machine
Iron (o/th cast)/steel (o/th tinplate or stainless), table, kitchen (o/th cooking.) or o/household arts & part n/coated/plated w/prec.metal
Stainless steel, sinks and wash basins
Iron or steel, articles of wire, nesoi
Tinplate, articles nesoi
Iron or steel, articles, nesoi
Carving and butcher steels, of iron or steel, wth or without their handles
Iron or steel household hand tools (o/than carving & butcher steels), and base metal parts thereof
Copper household hand tools and base metal parts thereof
Base metal, nesoi, houisehold handtools, and base metal parts thereof
Base metal, nesoi, handtools (o/than household), and base metal parts thereof
Hand-operated mechanical appliances weighing 10kg or less used in preparation, conditioning, serving food or drink & base metal pts
Base metal castors and base metal parts thereof
Base metal hat-racks, hat pegs, brackets and similar fixtures, and base metal parts thereof
Base metal photograph picture or similar frames: base metal mirrors: base metal parts thereof
Refrigerating or freezing display counters, cabinets showcases and similar refrigerating or freezing furniture
Door assemblies for the dishwashing machines of subheading 8422.11
Weighing machinery having a maximum weighing capacity not exceeding 30 kg
Other boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets, etc., equipped with apparatus for eletric control, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000, nesoi
Insulated electric conductors nesoi, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, fitted with connectors, nesoi
Vehicles, not mechanically propelled, nesoi
Parts of trailers and semi-trailers and vehicles, not mechanically propelled, nesoi
Apparatus for meas., recording or indicating time intervals, w/watch or clock mvmt., battery powered, w/opto-electronic display only
Seats nesoi, w/metal frame (o/than of heading 9402), upholstered
Furniture (o/than seats) of metal nesoi, 0/than of a kind used in offices
Furniture (o/than seats & o/than of 9402) of bentwood nesoi
Furniture (o/than seats & o/than of 9402) of wooden (o/than bentwood) nesoi
Parts of furniture (o/than seats or o/than of 9402), of reinforced or laminated plastics
Parts of furniture (o/than seats or o/than of 9402) nesoi
Electric lamps and lighting fixutres nesoi, of base metal (o/than brass)
Illuminated signs, illuminated name plates and the like, of base metal (o/than brass)
Hubert utilizes a mix of domestic and international vendor partners in an attempt to mitigate cost fluctuations.
Hubert continues to work with our supplier partners to reduce consumer impact where possible.
Hubert is working to minimize the impact from tariffs in several ways:
The tariff situation may change and Hubert will continue to provide updates as conditions change.