I first spotted this on Twitter, Canadian reporters reacting to Donald Trump making comments about shoes being smuggled into Canada. I jumped in and made a comment asking who told Trump our secret.
Soon I was to realize that people were losing their minds over this.
“The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high, that they have to smuggle them in.
“They buy shoes and then they wear them. They scuff them up. They make them sound old or look old,” Trump said.
You can watch his full comments in the clip below. What has amazed me is that people are arguing about this.
Average Canadians that live near the border are saying, “Yep, did that last time I bought shoes.”
Have any of these people shocked by Trump’s statement, puzzled by it, ever been to a factory outlet mall near the border of a Saturday? The parking lot garbage cans are filled with shoe boxes.
Trump says we are scuffing up the shoes to avoid tariffs. Now, I’ve never scuffed up the sides of shoes but I have worn them so the bottoms don’t look brand news. So have millions of other Canadians.
Yes Virginia, there are taxes and tariffs on shoes.
According to Canada Border Services Agency, a pair of shoes that you bought for $50 in the United States would cost you $6.50 in duty and taxes, the HST essentially, if the shoes were made in a NAFTA country. Since most shoes are made overseas, mainly Asia, the duty and taxes would be $17.80.
If you are buying shoes in the U.S. it is likely to save a few bucks. So you don’t want to be paying that tax or duty on a day trip and ya, this will happen. It happens every weekend.
Now some made the point that Trump didn’t realize the tariffs are on non-NAFTA shoes only and that is a fair point. Don’t complain about the high tariffs hurting your country when it is on shoes made in Vietnam or Bulgaria.
What is truly fascinating now is that people lose their minds and will argue and fight over anything and everything Trump says. Even a comment on shoes.
It’s also fascinating that so many of our media elites found this shoe story to be improbable. I think they lead a different life than the average Canuck.