I'm kind of puzzled and worried after reading complaints and the nightmarish scenarios that visitors are subjected to at the Canadian customs, so much so that I'm thinking of not visiting Canada.
I'm mainly worried about the stuff I've going to bring along, which will basically be a DSLR camera, with at least 6 lenses, an audio record, 2 mics, 3 hard drives, a kindle with a macbook pro, while I visit my relatives. I'm also planning to make a video there so I'm just worried that will I be allowed to bring all those items with me in Canada and if yes, will there be any heavy duty fee.
The duty fee and taxes is what's keeping me from visiting Canada and I need to bring all that equipment to make my video, so I just want to make sure I don't get charged a ridiculous amount of money just for bringing that stuff in.
Secondly, I'll also be trying to look for work as a videographer there and hopefully apply for a work permit. Will that be an issue, should I try to extend my visa, I'll be coming from Hong Kong with the HK passport, during my visit or if I get a work permit by some miracle?
And also, what kind of duty fee can I expect if I were to ship my stuff from Hong Kong to Canada, mainly desktop computer and filmmaking gear. Do I have to pay customs/duty fee for each and every item when it arrives in Canada?
I'd much appreciate it if you can help me answer these questions and clarify any doubts since I have to make a decision whether or not I should move to Canada from Hong Kong. My main reason to move is to find opportunities in the filmmaking field and since Canada is more into Cinema and movies, I am hoping to work in the field. Unless I'm misled or mistaken and the actual reality is the complete opposite.