|07-31-2007, 03:47 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bocaygeon, Ontario
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Orders from Hong Kong
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Goods imported from China (which includes Hong Kong) are duty free but you may have to pay GST + PST and, perhaps, a handling charge if cleared through by Canada Post (provided they don't just ignore it.
Small orders shipped by "Postal" service may make it through without paying the taxes but large orders ar unlikely to do so. Brokerage charges are $ 5.00 if cleared through by Canada Post.
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|07-31-2007, 06:22 PM||#12|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: MID Western Canada (southern)
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Re: Orders from Hong Kong
I've only been charged once throgh USPS, not sure y.
But have not been charged anything with the packages i get through EMS, and i have recieved a few big items.
Just my $.03
|08-01-2007, 11:03 PM||#13|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: BC, Canada
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Ask the delivery person if there will be any brokerage fees upon or after delivery.
If there are, ask them to return it to the distribution center ( provided you are within an a driveable distance) & clear customs/duties yourself.
There are a few "weasley" couriers that don't say anything ( see bottom of the posting)
Try to get anything from the US sent up via USPS!
Ordered a $55.00 item from Ebay & told the guy TWICE to send it USPS, but he sent it UPS anyway...
The UPS delivery guy stopped by yesterday & wanted $38.50 COD brokerage fee,
I told him I would stop by the distribution center (today) & pay Canada customs & pick it up myself.
Went to the UPS distribution center on the north side of the (Vancouver) airport at 9:30AM this morning , there was a slow lineup,
& at 9:45 I told them I would like to clear customs processing myself.
They said they would have the paperwork to me in 10 minutes.
At 10:40AM I asked how much longer the paperwork would take..they said "wait".
At 10:45 I finally got the paperwork & had to drive to the south side of the airport to CBSA (Canada Border Services).
Paid a $2.00 parking fee there & got a number off the wall (to wait in line) at CBSA - waited ~10 minutes.
The Customs guy was friendly & I asked if I should pay the GST/PST, ( ~$8.00- no duties because it was US made) he said "Nahhh!" & stamped my paperwork & told me to bring it back to UPS.
Drove back to UPS & waited in line another 15 minutes & got my package..no charge!
Total time & money spent - 2 hours and15 minutes, plus$2.00 parking at CBSA.
Stress factor- 5 stars!
LOTS of people there for commercial orders challenging the UPS Brokerage fee..I guess it's worth it for $$ of stuff.
We went to FedEx to send a package prior to going to UPS.
(was $22.00 to send a box to Terrace via Fedex, as opposed to $115.00 to send via UPS)
Fedex had 4 staff on the counters, we were the only customers - they were uniformed, fast , large neatly kept service area & efficient.
UPS customer service was a tiny little rat-hole( dirty, old tape stuck all over, broken posters, scruffy clothing, etc.) with ZERO in the way of customer service- 1-1/2 service persons that peered out of the broken "personnel only"door every 10 minutes or so.
Day & night difference.
My $0.02 worth anyway
PS: I DID have something sent from EMS/China worth ~$65.00, it was delivered by ( I forget who - semi-no-name courier?) & was billed in the mail 3 months later for brokerage fees for ~$35.00
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