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Old 03-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #29
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Back in the late 80's and early 90's as we transformed into a "service economy" just about every college put in a business program. High enrollment and low overhead, these programs were both popular and money makers for the colleges. As a result I imagine rooms filled with MBA's figuring out creative ways to increase company profits with fees, surcharges, etc. These folks have to work somewhere. Raz
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:04 AM   #30
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Just out of curiosity, because I don't know. What happens if I send a birthday present from the US to Canada... and the package is wrapped in BD paper? Do these high costs only come about when it's something purchased from a commercial business? Is person-to-person handled differently?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:04 AM   #31
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Shipping a Birthday present to Canada.

Donna;
If you send a BD parcel to Canada using the US Postal Service, you will be asked to affix a free CN-22 Customs Declaration form which asks you the Value and the nature of the contents, and a few other parameters, including whether it's a gift. Usually, for gifts under, or around $50 CDN, no Customs Duties are applied and the package goes right through to the recipient. If it's a casual transaction, such as buying or selling through non-commercial persons, the CN-22 will also be satisfactory. But, if you are a Commercial Vendor, a full disclosure set of Customs Declaration forms are used. The Canadian Customs will then, often, intercept the package and assess Duties and/or HST (Harmonized Sales Tax - ie. Fed and Prov taxes= 13%) + a $5 'Handling Fee'. The package is forwarded to the Post Office near the recipient and a card is sent to advise that there is a package to be picked up for the payment of the charges. Sometimes, the local Mail Carrier will deliver to the door and collect the payment.
That being said, I have had many small packets stopped that I had to pay, and many of large and expensive items that slipped right through uncharged.
It's a strange and often humourous situation and not predictable.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:12 AM   #32
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It's a strange and often humourous situation and not predictable.
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Thanks for the info Mike. This makes my head hurt. I don't know how you can figure it out in advance!
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:36 AM   #33
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Living close to the border has really helped me.
A store on the US side allows me to use their address to ship stuff to for a nominal fee. Depending on size not cost up to about 5.00$. I then drive across the border pick it up and declare coming back. Generally they wave any charges, I'd say I have paid about 10% of the taxes that were actually due over the years. This was for personal use and have often been asked when crossing it the products were personal or business(by that I assume they mean for resale).
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #34
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I ordered a part for my brush cutter from Canada The part weighed 1 ounce and cost $6 Loonies . Canadian postage was over $9.00 to mail it to my home in Wisconsin (500 mile trip ) . I shipped a bottle of wine from Wisconsin to California by the USPS for less cost $8.62 .
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........I shipped a bottle of wine from Wisconsin to California by the USPS for less cost $8.62 .


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  • Alcohol ó Alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, or liquor) are restricted and canít go in the mail. If youíre reusing a box displaying alcohol brands, all logos and labels need to be completely removed.
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I know shipping wine by the USPS is not Kosher but it was the least expensive way to get it from Wisconsin to California.
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I know shipping wine by the USPS is not Kosher but it was the least expensive way to get it from Wisconsin to California.

I mailed a package in an old wine box only to have the post office dump it back on my door step a few hours later. Can't even have a picture of a grape on the outside.
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I'm still trying to comprehend mailing wine from Wisconsin TO California.
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I'm still trying to comprehend mailing wine from Wisconsin TO California.
LOL I was scratching my head on that as well.... must have been some pretty darn good home brew!
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:52 PM   #40
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Those costs seem to work both ways. It just cost us $35 to have a 1 lb box sent UPS from Bigfoot in BC to Los Angeles, took 8 days as well.....
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LOL I was scratching my head on that as well.... must have been some pretty darn good home brew!
My wife's Aunt lived most of her life in Minnesota until moving to Northern California. She is 82 years old and likes the fruit wines that are made in Wisconsin and Michigan so at Christmas time we send her a bottle. I do not drink so I can not tell you what is special about the wine but she likes and enjoys it and that is all that matters to us .
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Usually, for gifts under, or around $50 CDN, no Customs Duties are applied and the package goes right through to the recipient.

.... The Canadian Customs will then, often, intercept the package and assess Duties and/or HST (Harmonized Sales Tax - ie. Fed and Prov taxes= 13%) + a $5 'Handling Fee'.
It is gifts under $60 CDN and the fees are now up to $9.95 to collect the tax.
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