||10-22-09 08:49 PM
Originally Posted by slowerplease
Haven't ordered from them yet and i was disappointed to find they are JUST over the border, but their web site is promising for the stuff I'm into:
Going to be checking out the other sites in this thread for sure... wherefore art thou, NAFTA???
NAFTA is alive, the problem is, like most legal agreements, some things are covered and others are not, so there is paperwork that needs to be done. Customs brokers are the ones that do the paperwork, and they typically charge a percentage fee for their services, with a minimum. Some brokers charge as much as $50 as a minimum fee. The post office charges I think $5 as a minimum. With the Beaver buck as high as it is now, buying something in US$ isn't so bad,
What many US companies do, is they sign a deal with a logistics company, basically what they do, is clear stuff in larger quantities so that it is cheaper.
Here is how it works, Joes Bicycle company, ships a lot to Canada, they take their Canadian shipments, put labels on them, stack it on pallets and ship the pallet to the logistics companies US induction point. The logistics company puts that pallet in a trailer with some other companies pallets, everything destined for Canada, they prepare a manifest and other customs paperwork, for the trailer as if it was a single item. It goes through customs, the trailer is then dropped at the logistics companies Canadian warehouse, they pull the pallets apart, apply waybills and pack it into another trailer that goes to a courier in Canada for delivery. Sometimes when the logistics company is part of a courier, the waybills are applied in the US, there is no Canadian warehouse, the trailer is dropped at the courier directly.
It makes it easier because customs is less expensive for the shipper in larger quantities, and some companies will have a Canadian website and catalogue, even though everything is shipped from the US.