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jaberi

join:2010-08-13

How does this work

a USA based merchant is shipping the pants via what is called economy and charging $11.95 shipping charge in addition to the cost of the pant....
they say they are not responsible for any other cross border costs
what should we expect to be billed on this package, does one really save anything as opposed to buying it here?



BigSensFan
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join:2003-07-16
Whitby, ON

said by jaberi:

a USA based merchant is shipping the pants via what is called economy and charging $11.95 shipping charge in addition to the cost of the pant....
they say they are not responsible for any other cross border costs
what should we expect to be billed on this package, does one really save anything as opposed to buying it here?

anything less than $20 there will be no additional charge ... if the declared value is over $20 then you will be charged customs fees
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jaberi

join:2010-08-13

ok, how much is the customs fee...% or otherwise?



Thingamajig
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reply to jaberi

Lets hope they didn't ship UPS. They'll ding you big time!
If anyone wants to ship UPS to you in Canada cancel the transaction or you'll pay dearly for that mistake.
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jaberi

join:2010-08-13

item is $40....shipping via economy is $11.00 i gather it is post as it takes 10-12 days.



elwoodblues
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Always insist that stuff from the us is sent via USPS , CP will only charge you 5 bucks to "clear it" for you.



dirtyjeffer
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said by elwoodblues:

Always insist that stuff from the us is sent via USPS , CP will only charge you 5 bucks to "clear it" for you.

if they charge you at all...i have had numerous shipments from USPS (which get passed to CP) and have never been charged a dime.

i believe UPS charges about $40 for brokerage.
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BigSensFan
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reply to elwoodblues

said by elwoodblues:

Always insist that stuff from the us is sent via USPS , CP will only charge you 5 bucks to "clear it" for you.

I thought it was $8 plus GST on the item

edit: UPS brokerage fess are high....so if it was shipped that way, expect a small fortune to payout
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agtle

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reply to dirtyjeffer

said by dirtyjeffer:

i believe UPS charges about $40 for brokerage.

I think that during the last Canada Post strike, UPS upped this to $50 + a % of declared value (in addition to duty & taxes). FedEx used to be reasonable at $10 but they too upped it during the last CPC strike (not sure what it is now).

When buying from the US, insist upon USPS, or order elsewhere. Or, if you are close to the border, and intend to shop US regularly, get a US address (there are a number of services in border towns).


elwoodblues
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reply to BigSensFan

said by BigSensFan:

said by elwoodblues:

Always insist that stuff from the us is sent via USPS , CP will only charge you 5 bucks to "clear it" for you.

I thought it was $8 plus GST on the item

edit: UPS brokerage fess are high....so if it was shipped that way, expect a small fortune to payout

It went up? it used to be 5 bucks,8 dollars is still cheaper then the couriers.
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elwoodblues
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reply to agtle

They tried to screw me over a number of years ago, my sister was expecting with her first child and was paranoid about plastic baby bottles.

I searched and couldn't find glass ones in Canada, so I found a place in the US and had them shipped. The goods were worth like 50 bucks, and UPS wanted $50 to "clear it for me".

There is no duty, just GST and being a low value shipment, its a one line entry on a B3, and they collect the cash all month, and don't have to pay the government till the 24th of the following month.
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reply to BigSensFan

said by BigSensFan:

edit: UPS brokerage fess are high....so if it was shipped that way, expect a small fortune to payout

UPS brokerage fees seem arbitrarily high without explanation.

I once ordered a $51 pair of shoes which received the usual brokerage fees + UPS brokerage handling fees + UPS brokerage release fees and the overall cost was $121, more than twice as much the cost of the shoes.

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reply to dirtyjeffer

said by dirtyjeffer:

said by elwoodblues:

Always insist that stuff from the us is sent via USPS , CP will only charge you 5 bucks to "clear it" for you.

if they charge you at all...i have had numerous shipments from USPS (which get passed to CP) and have never been charged a dime.

i believe UPS charges about $40 for brokerage.

Same experience here. And with CP, I don't have to drive all the way across town to get my parcel if I wasn't here when they tried to deliver. UPS sucks.

jaberi

join:2010-08-13
reply to elwoodblues

here is the shipping options...

Standard : $40 5-7 business days.
Economy: $10 10-12 business days.
Express : $60 3-5 business days.

so if i choose economy is that automatically USPS seeing that it would take the longest?



Hydraglass
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join:2002-05-08
Kingston, ON

said by jaberi:

here is the shipping options...

Standard : $40 5-7 business days.
Economy: $10 10-12 business days.
Express : $60 3-5 business days.

so if i choose economy is that automatically USPS seeing that it would take the longest?

No way to know without seeing the shipping details from the seller - their "Economy" could very well be UPS ground - that teds to be the "default American company cheapo shipping" carrier. The Express generally never gets dinged with a clearing fee for customs - the $60 includes the shipping and the international clearing handling fees - you may still have to pay the 13% GST on delivery (or by mail) but - rarely do you get the "$40 add on".

The one company I buy from that ships stuff to me from the US and Canada interchangeably (depending where stuff is in stock) is DigiKey - and their shipping prices and the speed of shipping is frankly mindblowing. Any order up to $200 is something like $8 shipping, and over $200 is free shipping... and 99% of the time if I order before lunch time, the stuff is at my door the next day by 3pm - no matter if it ships out of their US distribution centre or their Canadian one... I do NOT know how they can afford to ship stuff overnight from both the US and Canada to my place here for $8 or less... All I can say is WOW (oh and I never have to pay any additional fees).

jaberi

join:2010-08-13

yes, that would be a double wow comparing it to the prices i put up above..... $60.00 for shipping a pair of pants, let's get serious..will call them and get the details who they use to ship.


Phorkster
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reply to jaberi

I have never been charged by CP from inbound USPS packages. Anything ranging from a few bucks to a few hundred.



donoreo
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North York, ON
reply to MichelR

said by MichelR:

said by dirtyjeffer:

said by elwoodblues:

Always insist that stuff from the us is sent via USPS , CP will only charge you 5 bucks to "clear it" for you.

if they charge you at all...i have had numerous shipments from USPS (which get passed to CP) and have never been charged a dime.

i believe UPS charges about $40 for brokerage.

Same experience here. And with CP, I don't have to drive all the way across town to get my parcel if I wasn't here when they tried to deliver. UPS sucks.

I have to do that even if I am home. The UPS driver on my route is a lazy liar. NEVER tries to deliver.
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Gone
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reply to BigSensFan

said by BigSensFan:

anything less than $20 there will be no additional charge ... if the declared value is over $20 then you will be charged customs fees

While that may be the letter of the regulations, the reality of the situation is that you're very unlikely to pay anything unless it's something that peaks a CBSA officer's curiosity at the sorting centre.

jaberi

join:2010-08-13

finally an answer:

"All International orders are shipped using USPS International."

might be time to take the plunge and order...

thanks to all of you for helping ....happy 2013!