Why This Matters to eBay
Canadian small businesses and consumers use eBay to access the international marketplace. In fact, nearly 100% of Canadian commercial sellers on eBay sell internationally and eBay is a top Canadian ecommerce destination, with buyers and sellers trading more than $1.5 billion annually.
Removing frictions from cross-border ecommerce is a top objective for the eBay public policy team. That’s why we advocate in Canada and around the world for global trade policies that reduce customs complexity, particularly for low-value packages and retail returns.
eBay supports an increase to Canada’s low-value customs “de minimis” threshold for ecommerce to promote seamless access to the global marketplace.
Benefits of Increasing Canada’s De Minimis for Canadian Businesses
- The CD Howe Institute found that an increase in the de minimis level from $20 to $80 would benefit Canadian businesses by more than $100 million in reduced red tape and other costs. A higher de minimis threshold would allow small Canadian businesses to more freely accept returned items globally, thereby reducing overall costs and breaking down trade barriers.
- Increasing Canada’s de minimis threshold for ecommerce would give Canadian businesses better access the low-value international supply chain, making them more competitive internationally.
Benefits of Increasing Canada’s De Minimis for Canadian Consumers
- Canada’s current de minimis threshold prevents Canadian consumers from participating in international ecommerce like peers in the US, Australia and Europe. Increasing Canada's low de minimis threshold would improve choice for Canadian consumers.
- Increasing Canada’s low de minimis threshold would benefit rural and northern Canadians, who are underserved by traditional retail, and Canadians with physical limitations, who rely on ecommerce to obtain the goods they need, by giving them fairer access to inventory.
The responsibility lies with policymakers to reduce trade barriers and simplify customs processes to allow buyers and sellers to access fairly priced goods and compete globally. Now is the time to urge the Canadian Government to update Canada’s de minimis threshold.
- Rights of Passage: The Economic Effects of Raising the de minimis Threshold in Canada
- Nanos poll found that 76% of Canadians were in favour of increasing the de minimis.
- Commerce 3.0: How Technology is Empowering Canadian Entrepreneurs to Grow Globally
- Canadian Small Businesses Urge PM Trudeau to Update Trade Rules
- Group of Bipartisan Senators Send Letter to Canadian Ambassador on Current De minimis Thresholds
Canadian De Minimis in the News
- What Canada Post Needs To Do To Survive
- US Tech Giants, Canadian Retails Spar Over Online Shopping Duties
- The High Cost of Canada’s Low Duty-Free Limit
- Canada’s Customs Threshold: Out of Step and Out of Pocket
- Milking Won’t Stop Until Canadian Online Shoppers Speak Up
- The House with Chris Hall: Featuring eBay’s Andrea Stairs
- Raising $20 Threshold for Duty-Free Imports Could Benefit Ottawa: Report
- Moins de tarifs douaniers, plus d'économies, dit C.D. Howe
- Why the Government Keeps Spoiling Your Online Bargains: Neil Macdonald