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US-CAN mail order- tipstobinb
May 14, 2003 10:29 AM
First off, why are the Aeroheads so cheap! were they recalled or something? with the climbing canadian dollar they are looking like a pretty good deal. 75$us to ship plus potential duties cools things off a bit though.
So, I was wondering if any canadians have found ways to minimize costs regarding duties, freight etc. when ordering parts from supergo, jensen et al. Also are there particular shipping companies that are better when it comes to cross-border issues.
thanks,
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re: US-CAN mail order- tipsEug
May 14, 2003 10:47 AM
You have to worry about Duty, Shipping, Taxes, and Brokerage.

Duty for American wheels (or even non-American bike parts bought in the US) is zero. Nada. So you don't have to worry about that.

Shipping varies of course.

Taxes depend on the province. In Ontario, one always pays both GST and PST. PST varies in other provinces. UPS and Fedex usually just charge your credit card directly at the time of pickup, or else after the fact.

The confusing part is brokerage charges.

USPS - CAD$5 brokerage charge in Canada. Sometimes if it's a small inexpensive part they'll forget about the brokerage and taxes. The problem with USPS is it often takes a long time and it can't be tracked.
FedEx air - Should be zero brokerage charge.
UPS air - should be zero brokerage charge.

UPS Standard and Fedex ground both usually have significant brokerage charges however.
re: US-CAN mail order- tipsgav
May 14, 2003 11:07 AM
I've found that USPS is generally the way to go when shipping stuff from the US. I've never been charged duty on bike parts and here in BC and there's no PST on that stuff either. I've only shipped stuff via UPS once and it was pretty tragic, I ended up paying more than $40cdn in brokerage for a Chris King headset that costed less than $100US.. I'm not sure how the other courier companies are for brokerage. It seems like the trend is that if the item is not insured, I haven't needed to pay any taxes or anything like that when shipping USPS.. Not insuring wheels would be a bit iffy though, IMO.. Unfortunately, it seems like the bigger mail order places all seem to want to courier everything but I've had alot of success with some of the smaller shops with shipping and fees..
re: USPS onlyEric_H
May 14, 2003 6:13 PM
I agree, the only way to have it sent is via USPS. The fees will only be $5 handling, and the GST. If possible, you can have the shipper send it USPS Priority mail. It is still mail, subject to the same fees as above, but the delivery time is quicker than standard airmail.

For Canadians considering buying from overseas (Total Cycling for example), you will get charged brokerage and duty. The prices are still good, but just remember there will some significant additional fees. And the duty charges are different for parts versus clothing (shoes).
good infotobinb
May 14, 2003 12:55 PM
Im in BC and forgot about the no pst thing since i havent bought anything new for so long. I will keep the usps in mind as ive been watching the rbr classifieds for stuff as well. thanks,
d
Many big online stores will ship USPS now. nmEug
May 14, 2003 1:03 PM
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re: US-CAN mail order- tipsMasterTi
May 14, 2003 2:51 PM
I agree with the above.
I've had many items shipped via USPS with only the occaisonal $5.00 handling fee and GST paid at the post office. Most times, the item is shipped with no additional handling fees, GST, or PST.
UPS on the other hand are crooks. Used them twice.
First time had to pay $45.00 "brokerage fee" for a pair of Race Face cranks (made in Canada, ironic, isn't it) that I bought on eBay for $75 US. Second time paid $40.00 "brokerage fee" for XT brake that I bought on eBay for $20.00. I hope there will never be a third time!
fwiw: USPS delivers on SATURDAYcoonass
May 14, 2003 8:13 PM
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