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Old Jan 26, 2004, 05:43 PM
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Best way to ship to Canada?

What's the best way to ship from the US to Canada? Small package holding a Tx and some electronics; can't be more than 2 lbs. I'm not a retailer or anything, just a private (general (?) ) citizen.

While I'm here, how about from Canada to US?

Within the US, I'm inclined to us the US Mail. Mostly 'cause it is extremely easy to use. And it has always been reliable.

-Mike
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 05:50 PM
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Great Googly Moogly!
I just looked at USPS.com and it says for 2 lbs. at Economy (Surface) Parcel Post 4 - 6 Weeks $15.25 Maximum length and girth combined 108"
Gotta be a better way?
-Mike
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 06:21 PM
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If you don't mind paying what might become excessive brokerage and shipping fees then use FedEX or UPS ground, even overnight air if the need justifies the cost - beware the hidden charges when it crosses the border!

I always have the supplier ship via US Mail; best to insure the more costly orders. If it's less than around $20 in value then it might get up here in a week or so, without incurring additional charges or taxes. Higher value items like your TX etc. will incur both GST and PST plus the Post Office's $5 charge for collecting the money due to the government. This will take from 2 to 3 weeks normally.

If no-one is at home during the week, have the parcel sent to your work address then you get the parcel ASAP, otherwise it's a case of them sending you a card for you to go into a postal outlet to pick up your parcel and pay the money owing.
Canada Post takes credit cards when they deliver these packages.

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Old Jan 26, 2004, 06:27 PM
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Mike,

I should also have said that it's the recipient who will get dinged these extra charges, on top of what the shipper pays to the courier company.
Those charges can come as a nasty surprize if you are not accustomed to international shipping!

Roger (been there, done that . . . paid the price)
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 07:13 PM
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Roger,
Thanks for replying though your answers are not all the comforting I haven't followed all the threads that deal with this subject. But what I remember agrees with what you're saying.

-Mike

p.s. What's the deal here ? Can't two countries cooperate ? Why are corporates so greedy? GRRRR!
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 07:23 PM
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Mike,
it's called Free Trade.
At least we do not get charged "import duties" on modelling items shipped between the US and Canada - we used to before Free Trade came about!
No matter what the politics and economics involved, it's good to understand the systems in place.

Roger
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 07:38 PM
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What about those brokerage fees buy from the U.S. and shipping it Canada? I bought something that cost $10 and the broker charged me $29 fee. What's that all about. Kinda like robbery ain't it?

Is there a rule of thumb as what things cost and how much they can charge you for brokerage fee? Or is it one of those.... he makes up the numbers depending on his wife's demands/spending habits that week?
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 07:42 PM
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Yeah Roger, I know what's behind the cause of my "grrr". I'd probably do the same if I was in the same position. Still, when it hits you in the face it it's no fun
-Mike
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Old Jan 26, 2004, 08:38 PM
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United States Postal Service seems to be the best. I have had packages shipped via UPS, and got nabbed with a $40.00 CDN brokerage fee. I have sent stuff to the US, and I have used Canada Post and UPS, and the guys on the other end have never had a problem.
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 12:04 AM
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US Postal Service is the best and I gladly pay the charges when I get something. It's in my calcs of a bargain. If it's not a good deal after shipping charges I buy locally.
Items can be received in a few days but sometimes up to 30 days. If it's a good deal it's worth waiting for.

I believe the USPS upped their rates considerably recently. Maybe you can break it down. $4+$4+$4???

DO NOT Ship UPS. It is robbery. They charge $20-$40 US for brokerage which is a hold over from pre free trade. As mentioned the Canada Post charge for the same service is $5 CDN.
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 12:13 AM
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Mike, I find the best way (although somewhat slower), is the U. S. Postal Service. I once had a MaxCim motor, GB, ESC sent by U.P.S. and got hit with a $78.00 brokerage fee.
The funny thing is that the likes of Tower Hobby, New Creations etc.,who uses U.S.P.S. gets me my orders in 6 - 10 days, while individual mailings sometimes take 3 - 4 weeks.
So unless Speed at any cost is what is required, use U.S.Postal Service for shipping U.S.A. to Canada.
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 07:26 AM
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US to Canada - Use USPS Express Mail Service. Includes tracking and insurance. 5-7 days shipping.

Canada to US - Use Canada Post Expresspost. Again includes tracking and insurance. 5-7 days shipping

Both these services cost a bit more, but at least you can track packages.
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 07:41 AM
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As of post #12, the clear score is 3 for the US Post and 2 for FedEx/UPS. It is clear that US Post is cheap but FedEx/UPS is faster. I'm under the constraint of a tight budget so I'm going with the US mail. As it is, the postage is likely to be higher than the value if the items.

Thanks one and all, great and timely responses! Much appreciated.
-Mike
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Old Jan 28, 2004, 12:57 AM
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As Long as you have a tracking number and insurance that's your best bet, as things have been known to go MIA. Customs seems to ba a black hole some times.... That's what you get from civil servants...
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Old Jan 28, 2004, 03:56 PM
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I agree with the majority here. IMHO USPS US to Canada has always been quick and cheap for me. 5 days shipped from California! I have had about 6 packages from the US, all shipped USPS, all arriving within a week of shipping. The only one that took longer was the one Customs got their sticky fingers on... $5 "inspection" fee (aka tax), and then I paid GST and PST on the invoiced value.
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