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Cheapest way to ship a bike from US to Canada? (PLZ HELP)

Old 05-12-11, 10:41 AM
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Cheapest way to ship a bike from US to Canada? (PLZ HELP)

What should I use UPS, USPS, Fedex, etc?

Also Im looking to try and save the tax and BS brokerage fee which is around 25% of the purchase. so a 1000$ bike turns into 1250 which is ridiculous.

all help would be much appreciated
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Most US stores will only ship objects that large via UPS.

Shipping will cost a little over $100.

Duties on Bicycles from the US to Canada is 13%

There will also be 5% for GST (Canada Sales Tax), when you buy from the store in the US there will be no tax charged, this is how the government recovers that amount.

Shipping companies will also charge brokerage fees. Off the top of my head for UPS it's either $50, or a percentage of cost of the item.

It'd recommend just buying it in Canada, unless it's a really good deal and the LBS in your area is putting a huge markup on the bike you want.
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Old 05-12-11, 05:18 PM
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is there a "gift" price limit?
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I wouldn't advise buying from the US from Canada. I bought my Felt F35 off ebay from a fellow from California. Cost me $1000 on ebay. At the end of the day, I ended up paying an additional $100 for shipping, approximately $150 for 'taxes' from the government, and an additional $50 from fedex for their fees. The seller actually contacted me months after the sale and claimed fedex was trying to get money from him as well.

The US prices may seem tempting, but don't fall into the trap like I did.
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Old 05-12-11, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by illenvillain View Post
What should I use UPS, USPS, Fedex, etc?

Also Im looking to try and save the tax and BS brokerage fee which is around 25% of the purchase. so a 1000$ bike turns into 1250 which is ridiculous.

all help would be much appreciated
Where do you live? If it's close to the border just ship it to the closest US city and bring it in yourself.
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Old 05-12-11, 07:47 PM
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^^^What he said!

Also what I would do if I sold a bike to someone in the US...
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Go to where the bike is, buy it, and ride it back.


Edit: I guess I'm just an echo for Gregf83.
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Old 05-13-11, 04:49 AM
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dhl.

you live in canada, enjoy our benefits, then pay our taxes. if you have appropriate shipping documentation, you'll pay hst (or gst and pst depending on province), and a small brokerage fee.
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never considered DHL, i might also just have it shipped to Buffalo and then take a bus there and bring it back
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Old 05-13-11, 11:53 AM
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- Buy a bike and get it shipped to a USA receiver near the Canadian border where you live so it is USA domestic shipping.

- Print out the internet invoice for the price of the bike.

- Go into USA and pickup the bike. Where I am, I pay the receiver $3.50 for receiving it.

- I cross the border back into Canada and declare the bike purchase to CUSTOMS. Due to NAFTA, there is NO DUTIES ON BICYCLES. There is only HST\GST based on the province where you reside. For me in BC, its 12%.

That's it.

Bear in mind if you purchase a bike with your credit card, most cards charge 2% fee on foreign transactions in addition to the foreign exchange.
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Originally Posted by Waxbytes View Post
Go to where the bike is, buy it, and ride it back.
Yep. Actually, this is probably the most expensive way to do it, if you don't live near the border, once you add travel and time up. But it's a bike, and it's meant to be ridden.

I live near the border, however. For a small fee, I'll ride it up to British Columbia and meet you with it.
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Originally Posted by puppypilgrim View Post
- I cross the border back into Canada and declare the bike purchase to CUSTOMS. Due to NAFTA, there is NO DUTIES ON BICYCLES. There is only HST\GST based on the province where you reside. For me in BC, its 12%.
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This is incorrect.

Duties on bicycles from the US to Canada is 13%. If the item is made in the USA, duty is 0.

You would also be required to pay taxes on top of this

Duties on bicycle parts however is 0%, wheelsets are 6.5%

Here is the document from the Canadian government website:

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-com...-t2011-eng.pdf
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Get a friend or relative in the states to receive the bicycle. Next time they visit, ask them to bring it in and give them a case of beer. I think legally you are allowed $200 of gifts per person when crossing south to north, but most would probably just not declare it.
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Old 05-13-11, 09:06 PM
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If you live in the Toronto/GTA area, you could purchase your bike and have it shipped to CBI in Niagara Falls. You'll just have to drive over and pick it up. I bought a bike about a month ago and had it shipped there.

www.cbiusa.com

I bought a Guerciotti carbon frame about 3 years ago and declared through Cdn customs .. I was surprised the officer waved me through without having to pay any taxes.

The key is ... in driving through customs, ensure you declare it ... the custom with only charge HST for your purchases. The custom officer told me that as long as the item is declared, they would just charge HST. If they're to catch you smuggling through the border, they will either confiscate it or ding you with duties/hst, etc.

I also bought car tires which I declared ... they only charged me HST.

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Old 05-14-11, 11:25 AM
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Where do you live in Canada?
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Where do you live in Canada?
Markham, Ontario ... which is about 1/2 hr north of Toronto.
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