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    Shipping an exhaust from the US and was curious which transport company would be best? Typically I find duty on UPS packages are outrageous. I did just receive some other car parts from Taiwan through FedEx and paid $19.40 dutie on a $300 USD part. I can't use USPS which is what I normally use as it transfers to CanadaPost once it crosses the border because the box is too large.

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    Get a copy of the shipment (commercial) invoice. Refuse the shipment at the door. Clear package and pay duty in person at CBSA. Pick up package down the street. I do this all the time and save a bundle.


    http://trueler.com/2010/11/24/self-c...brokerage-fee/

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    as long as its shipped air the charges are reasonable on any courier, its ground shipments that get bent over, typically its way worth it to just pay for the air shipping, and you get it faster too.

    Although USPS, is the best option, flat rate of $8 +tax/duty (and often anything under like $100 they don't even bother with) But USPS often cant handle large parcels like an exhaust so it might not be an option.
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    All the import info is available on their websites - just pick the cheapest one.

    $19.40 duty on $300 is also nothing - that's very normal.

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    Originally posted by Mitsu3000gt

    $19.40 duty on $300 is also nothing - that's very normal.
    yeah that nothing, not to mention duty is set across the board by the govt, not the couriers... there are 3 different fees to consider

    Duty and Tax are set by the govt, different %'s for different items and even different origins.
    Brokerage is decided by the courier and normally where you get bent over.
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    Personally I'm a big fan of just shipping stuff to the border. Typically it's free shipping from a US company, and I usually have a few orders I pick up at one time.

    7 hours round trip, $50 in gas, and GST only.

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    Oh I am not complaining the $19.40 was reasonable considering $10 of it was the charge FedEx took for paying the duty to Border Services. The exhaust will be declared at $1000 USD so I am exploring my options just trying to avoid a headache. Last year I shipped an exhaust with similar value through USPS and it only cost me $40 cad in duty. The box was much smaller though.

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    USPS to Canada post is my favorite but slower. DHL everyday if I have to use a courier.
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    Originally posted by Tik-Tok
    Personally I'm a big fan of just shipping stuff to the border. Typically it's free shipping from a US company, and I usually have a few orders I pick up at one time.

    7 hours round trip, $50 in gas, and GST only.
    you still have to pay duty not just GST
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    USPS every time if I can.

    I bought some special writing book for a christmas gift. Book was $30 USD, shipping w/ Fedex as the only option $35USD, then I get an invoice a month later for like $12CAD.

    We all know UPS blows, don't even bother.
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    Originally posted by Thaco
    you still have to pay duty not just GST
    Technically you're supposed to yes, however I think I've only ever paid duty once in a dozen trips for some clothes. I've never had to for auto parts, even when I specifically tell them they're from China, etc.

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    Originally posted by Tik-Tok


    Technically you're supposed to yes, however I think I've only ever paid duty once in a dozen trips for some clothes. I've never had to for auto parts, even when I specifically tell them they're from China, etc.
    my experience is the opposite, i have only come back one time over limit (i normally stay down for the weekend for the excemption, family of 4 == $$$) but one time i was camping near lethbridge so we just ran down to the border to pick up from the warehouse (and gas up) and i had to pay duty on everything (clothing at 12%+5%gst hurts and deal we would have gotten, most of it was stuff the wife couldn't get here though)
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    +1 for USPS -> CanadaPost

    However, many US vendors don't use them as they already have an account set up with another courier.

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    Did UPS change their disgusting fees lately?

    I just received my 3d printer from Europe, declared value of over 1,000$ and it cost me 60$ in duties (10$ brokerage fee + 50$ GST).

    I'm pretty sure I paid way more than that on small shit from the states before. Was really surprised there was no duties on it, just GST.
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    Originally posted by pheoxs
    Did UPS change their disgusting fees lately?

    I just received my 3d printer from Europe, declared value of over 1,000$ and it cost me 60$ in duties (10$ brokerage fee + 50$ GST).

    I'm pretty sure I paid way more than that on small shit from the states before. Was really surprised there was no duties on it, just GST.
    if it was shipped air then its not as bad, ground is where they nail you to the wall.
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    USPS > FedEx > UPS

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    There are usually four charges you will see on a shipping invoice.

    1) Shipping Fee - Cost to ship the package

    2) Brokerage Fee - Fee for UPS to declare the products and pay duty in advance for you. This is where it can get expensive. If you are shipping Ground (UPS Standard or FedEx Ground), they will charge you a higher fee to declare the package on your behalf, maybe $28-45CAD, depending on the value of the package. However if it's shipped via Air (UPS Express, FedEx International), they would charge a much lower fee. in UPS case it's $0.

    3) Duty + GST - This is charged by the Government and depends on the content of the package (HTS Code) and its Origin (NAFTA). In most cases this is a % of your content value (e.g. 3.1% duty + 5% GST). Usually if the shipment value is under a certain $ they might not charge you duty. (e.g. Going into the States its $800CAD).

    4) Bond Fee - This is sort of like insurance but not really. If you package is very valuable (e.g. $10K+) and the shipper declared it to the shipper (not just to the govn't. this is two separate declaration), then they will usually charge a bond fee in case anything happen to the package in their warehouse (but don't confuse this with shipping insurance). This depends on the declared to shipper value.. maybe like $4 for every $1000 in excess of $10K.

    https://www.ups.com/content/us/en/sh...toms/fees.html

    If I could, USPS is the way to go. Otherwise UPS Express (Air) if possible. After that... ship ground and self-declare, or just prepare to pay for all the fees.
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    Originally posted by Thaco
    if it was shipped air then its not as bad, ground is where they nail you to the wall.
    That could've been it. Definitely cheaper brokerage fees.

    I think they fucked up and missed duties though. Its made in the CZech Republic and 1000$ of value. Highly doubt there wasn't supposed to be duties on it.
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    Originally posted by pheoxs


    That could've been it. Definitely cheaper brokerage fees.

    I think they fucked up and missed duties though. Its made in the CZech Republic and 1000$ of value. Highly doubt there wasn't supposed to be duties on it.
    yeah it all depends on the commodity code the sender used, maybe they know which ones they can sneak by with because i am sure they get a lot of bitching about fees which are beyond their control.
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