The duty free between Canada, the US and Mexico deal only with products produced domesticly within the country of exportation. In other words, ordering European products (including Givi) from the USA will be considered an indirect import from the country of origin (in Givi's case, Italy), and will be subject to a duty.
I have imported a Givi windscreen (D260ST) from Adventure Motostuff online (www.amotostuff.com
- good service) and paid an inconsequential duty to my recollection. However I cannot remember the specific amount (or rate) as it was bundled with other products at the time.
I too have been in the market for Givi products (panniers). I have bought the V46 topcase from the local dealer here in Canada, as I receive a "valued customer discount" from the shop that I bought the Strom from. My discount ranges between 10-15% from retail. This discounted amount compares with the USD priced (at todays foreign exchange rates) online retailers of Givi gear (including www.casporttouring.com
, and www.amotostuff.com
). So, I went with the local distributor to avoid shipping costs.
I recommend, as someone else already has, to check with Canada Customs for the duty rate, and add that to the US$ Givi equipment off of the websites (at a FX rate of 1.15 - ballpark). I would not be surprised if you get close to full retail CN$. If it is cheaper, order away on line. Keep in mind, you will pay a small brokerage fee as well for Canadian Customs, shipping, PST, and GST.
Good luck,adn let us know how it turns out.
O.T. Vancouver, BC
91 Suzuki VX800
05 Strom 1K