Striving for Accuracy and Consumer Protection
We provide historically accurate paint colours as a service to the hobby of model railroading and our margins are intentionally low. Unforeseen expenses resulted in the 60 ml bottles producing a significantly negative margin. The SIG paints definitely became a non-profit enterprise.
In Canada these Xylene-containing products require child-resistant safety container caps and bilingual special hazardous product labels with pictograms that are of Canadian design. US labels are not compliant. We spent several months retrofitting the first two shipments which had reached our dealers’ shelves before we became aware of these often-conflicting regulations. Our recent wholesale orders from the US factory have required NAFTA country-of-origin documents, bonded warehousing at the border, and customs brokerage.
Shipping by CanPar isn't cheap and has to be be recovered from the hobby dealer or at least amortized over a larger order. We cannot combine dealer paint orders (CanPar surface) with shipments of other products (Canada Post).
The paint colours that CNRHA distributes have been specifically researched to be historically accurate and/or to provide modellers with the best representation to enhance their models.