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Old 04-16-22, 07:21 AM
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Shipping to Canada pointers?

I am going to be shipping some mountain bike hubs to Canada anybody have suggestions or advice? Thanks
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Old 04-16-22, 11:26 AM
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Good luck! Make sure that the couriers (any) don't touch the package. If they do, they'll charge all forms of bogus 'cross-border' charges such as 'import fees', 'sales taxes' etc, where no such duties or taxes exist, and hold your package ransom until you pay up (on some insecure sketchy website) in advance.

So for example you'll be charged a 'sales tax' on bike parts where these are exempt from provincial sales taxes. Try and fight this? Ha. Or you'll get charged at the highest possible rate of duties on any item in your package (such as a pair of socks) across the entire package content. Plus extortionist 'brokerage' fees.

Do the couriers submit this the appropriate share of this windfall to the federal and provincial tax authorities? Good question....
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Oops - I assumed you were posting from the perspective of a Canadian ordering something into Canada. When a Canadian receives a package from a courier with these excess charges, they refuse delivery from the courier, and initiate a refund process with the seller.
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Old 04-16-22, 11:46 AM
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simple is good

US postal service. I have had good success when US sellers have sent their goods to me via US mail...
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Old 04-16-22, 01:55 PM
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Oops - I assumed you were posting from the perspective of a Canadian ordering something into Canada. When a Canadian receives a package from a courier with these excess charges, they refuse delivery from the courier, and initiate a refund process with the seller.
yes I am sending so want to make it easy for me and the person receiving the package.
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Old 04-16-22, 01:57 PM
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US postal service. I have had good success when US sellers have sent their goods to me via US mail...
Agree. I often have smaller antique car parts shipped to me in Canada by USPS ó the cost is reasonable and delivery time OK.
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Be careful using courrier service when shipping from the US to Canada. They add on multiple fees that sometimes are not needed. USPS is a good option and safe. I donít buy often from US vendors because they use courriers and make shipping overpriced. Itís less expensive to buy from Europe and Asia even if the distance is greater. Also, buyers donít always want items delivered ASAP. Waiting longer can lead to lower shipping cost.
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Old 04-17-22, 09:13 AM
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sounds like usps works the best. looks like between $22-30 to send a 1lb padded envelope containing a set of hubs.
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Old 04-17-22, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Mayer View Post
Good luck! Make sure that the couriers (any) don't touch the package. If they do, they'll charge all forms of bogus 'cross-border' charges such as 'import fees', 'sales taxes' etc, where no such duties or taxes exist, and hold your package ransom until you pay up (on some insecure sketchy website) in advance.
It has been some years back, but I've read horror stories involving cross-border shipments involving a well-known carrier that was not USPS, but shared 3 of the 4 letters in "USPS".

ETA: I just found I had a saved link about it: https://trueler.com/2010/09/13/ups-b...ting-avoid-it/
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