Importing a PDP-8 from Canada

Ian McLaughlin ian at
Mon Jul 31 21:35:22 CDT 2017

There may be no duties or tariffs, however you may have to pay sales taxes on the value of the machine, so make sure you have paperwork showing how much you paid for the machine, or paperwork showing it is a gift.

(This is the case for me bringing in hardware from the USA into Canada)


> On Jul 31, 2017, at 7:22 PM, Marc Howard via cctech <cctech at> wrote:
> I had a similar issue many years back (re)importing a pinball machine from
> Canada.  It was held in customs for a few hours (they thought it was a
> gambling machine) until I casually mentioned that it was built in
> Bensonville, IL and say so on the playfield.  No problems after that.
> If you're re-importing something that was previously made in the USA then
> there are no customs duties.
> Marc
> On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 5:15 PM, Michael Thompson via cctech <
> cctech at> wrote:
>> The RICM has an opportunity to get a PDP-8/M (built in Maynard, MA) that is
>> in Canada. I remember that there was a discussion on the procedure here,
>> but I can't find it with Google.
>> Can you either point me to the discussion, or tell me what the procedure
>> is?
>> --
>> Michael Thompson
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