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I am really sorry to hear about your situation. You probably got caught as the value of the watch that you were told by your parents was $200.
Kindly note that such things happening is very common for persons. However, I am sorry as I may say something which you may not have expected from me. Let me suggest you options and throw light on some things.
First, if the watch is really worth $3700, then it is not worth appealing. This is because of two things. One, they have the bill and secondly they have ALL the means to assess the value of the watch. The only option you have, (though I see a very little chance as you showed them the bill as well) that the same was gifted to you while in canada.
It does not matter if you are gifted anything or you purchased it. Once you bring it to Canada, you HAVE to declare it. Also note that Canadian Law REQUIRES to declare EVERYTHING that you bring and willful non declaration can result in prosecuation and confiscation of the products.
Also note that once confiscated, it can cost between 25 and 80 per cent of the value of seized goods to get them back..
It is GOOD that you got through after paying fine.Sorry, but you have
one more option. CBSA has a dispute resolution center. If you feel that wrong assessment is done, as in your case, you CAN CERTAINLY file for resolution of your dispute. The following is an excellent resource to know about Dispute Resolution.
It will also let you know about your appeal rights as well.
However, I see hope only in the fact that they have not considered the free limit of $800 while calculating your fine. They were perfectly within their rights to impose other fine due to non declaration of watch.I am sorry I did not tell you what you would have expected.
I would advice you to file appeal / go for resolution of dispute. But do not stretch it too long as you can end up penny wise pound foolish.
I am sure this would help.
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