Brokerage For Canadians (ATTN Vendors)

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Brokerage For Canadians (ATTN Vendors)

Post  t120r on February 6th 2017, 8:38 pm

So today I finally figured out how to avoid brokerage fees from UPS. Which means I can order more things from the vendors on here.;D Was a VERY simple process. I called UPS with my tracking number and told them I wanted to self clear. They said I would hear from someone in 24 hours. The next day I got a call asking for my email address and they sent me the forms. I went to a local CBSA (Canada customs) office and received a B15 form, after paying my taxes. UPS is just down the street so I went there and picked up my package. A little effort, but the savings were great. I was charged $96 by UPS for brokerage and taxes, I self cleared for $27. So it's definitely worth the effort. I hope this helps.

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Re: Brokerage For Canadians (ATTN Vendors)

Post  Lem Evans on February 6th 2017, 8:54 pm

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Post  AL Q on February 6th 2017, 9:03 pm

If you happen to live within a reasonable driving distance from a border crossing, you just have your packages to a mail/shipping depot. When they arrive go across the border yourself and pick it up, present bill of sale to customs , pay the GST , and go home. It is imperative that the vendor puts the bill of sale in the package to save hours at the border.
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Post  BigRigTech on February 6th 2017, 10:46 pm

I've gone through this before myself and it was a pain in the ass. For the used A429 heads I bought from Dave Freelander they wanted to know the country of origin that they were made in and all this other BS to approve my papers. I can get stuff shipped here with FedEx for 1/2 as much bullshit as UPS. As for the border crossing deal, that's the best option. I have a set of Jomar girdles and a header weld up kit waiting for me in Maine. My buddy lives close to the border in New Brunswick and once his k-member is there he's going to cross over and get our stuff. Cool
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Post  t120r on February 7th 2017, 12:05 pm

I live within a 1.5 hour drive to the border, but it isn't worth my while to drive as crossing costs $5 and most places charge a fee to hold a mailbox (UPS store is $10). All I paid yesterday was the HST on the value of the package. The only 2 things the guy wanted to know was what the contents were and why I couldn't get them in Canada. I was in and out in 10 minutes.

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Post  AL Q on February 7th 2017, 2:21 pm

Crossing the border here in B.C. is free, the places that take your delivery will charge $5 fee per package. All the Canadian side cares about is getting the sales taxes, auto parts are duty free and as long as you have the bill of sale from a U.S. vendor they never ask where its made. I am 3 minutes from one border and half of an hour from 3 more
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Post  Mark Laczo on February 7th 2017, 5:10 pm

Been doing that for years and I am 5 hours north of the border. Just make sure you have enough parts at your storage depot to justify the cost.

If you have a GST number yourself you can also be a importer/exporter which also helps if you ever want to return something back to the US. Especially for farming related equipment.

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