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Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is expressing its appreciation for the federal government's decision to continue to treat imported shipments in the same way as goods sold in Canada. "Despite a relentless pre-budget lobby from foreign sellers and the U.S. air freight industry, the government understands the fundamental importance of tax fairness," says Diane J. Brisebois, RCC's president and CEO. "Why any Canadian policymaker would want to confer a big tax advantage on foreign sellers at the expense of businesses that invest here and employ more than 2.2 million Canadians is a bit of a mystery to me." Under de minimis rules, goods shipped into Canada by post and courier are exempt from all sales taxes and duties. Increases in the current de minimisthreshold would mean that goods sold by Canadian merchants, whether in-store or online, would cost an average of 12.3 per cent more after tax than those same goods shipped into Canada by courier or mail.

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