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I am putting this in the tribal because maybe you all who live in Canada can help me.<br><br>
I run coops as some of you know and shipping is always tough for you guys from the states. I sent two packages recently to Canada thru United Parcel Service or UPS instead of using the US post office. On my end, sending was not expensive nor cheap, but competitive. Imagine my and the receivers' surprise when the package was delivered, they had to pay an additional fee $35-60 to get their package. HUH?????? It was called a broker fee or something??? Why is this happening and what can be done to prevent it??
 

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We pay a duty if the items are not marked as a gift. Its something like 5.00 plus a certain percentage of its value. If I buy something on e-bay and they check off as merchandise, I pay duty (over the price of around 30.00) - but if my in-laws send gifts, than I pay nothing.<br><br>
Just something to consider....<br><br>
So its pretty much a tax that our government pays us because they lost out on the tax because we didn't buy it in Canada.
 

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Basically, if you're sending by regular USPS, your package *might* get caught at the border.<br><br>
If your package says it's worth less than $20, you won't pay duty.<br><br>
If your package is between $20 and $60, but is marked as a "gift" (and has a gift card or something inside, just in case they open it!), you *shouldn't* pay duty, but it has to be a legitimate gift and it depends on the customs guy.<br><br>
If your package is more than $20 and not marked as a gift, there is a chance you'll be charged, but there is also a chance that they won't charge you. I guess it depends on the customs guy's mood at the time? I am rarely charged and I've bought an awful lot of cloth diapers over the last year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Or if it's a hugely expensive item, you'll probably get charged.<br><br>
The amount you get charged is the PST (provincial sales tax - varies from province to province - in BC it is 6%, right?) plus the GST (federal tax - 6% also) and a $5.00 fee from Canada Post to be your broker.<br><br>
If you decide to ship UPS instead of regular US mail, like you did, then Canada Post doesn't act as the broker, UPS does. UPS thinks that it's cool to charge outrageous (imho) fees - the one time I ordered something from a company that ships UPS only, I got charged $45 for a pair of jeans that cost me $40! YUCK!!! Now if a company only ships UPS, I either get it shipped to my sister who lives in Idaho, or I get it shipped to our closest US border town and pay $3 a package to the shipping company who receives it. It's just not worth it to get anything shipped UPS from the US.<br><br>
So the moral of the story is...when shipping to Canada, always try to ship USPS!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Oh yeah, and don't inflate the price of the package, thinking that you're helping us out...that actually hurts because we pay our taxes as a percentage of the total stated value on the little green customs form.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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Yup, all that.<br><br>
Also when you declare the value on the little green sticker, declare the actual value of the item, not including shipping. I hate it when I have to pay taxes on the shipping...
 

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yes this helps. What a scam UPS has going! I will go back to using usps and do what you all said. thanks!
 
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