UPS shipping a Rip Off
Maxwell

Winnipeg, Canada

#1 Nov 15, 2012
I recently received a parcel from the US that someone had shipped to me using UPS. I had to pay GST and PST, which I had expected, but also had to UPS over $100 for handling, which they called a brokerage fee. This is unheard of and is not charged by Canada Post or US Post Office. Please stop using UPS for shipping.
Maxwell

Winnipeg, Canada

#3 Nov 15, 2012
Thank you for the info Lorne.
DB mail

Winnipeg, Canada

#4 Nov 23, 2012
Always get the US shipper to lowball the stated value on the customs sticker. Tell them to state the value of the raw materials (which for CPUs and herbal meds is peanuts).

I only paid duty once in my life and have purchased $hitloads of stuff from the US of fukken A (Free Trade my ass unless you're clever like me).
Beverly

Oshawa, Canada

#5 Feb 23, 2013
Lorne Burgerton wrote:
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The brokerage fee is what they charge to import your goods from another country, which included all duty on your purchase. Unless the parcel was a gift, you would have had to pay duty using Canada post or USPS as well. Unfortunately, it was expensive but they also want to turn a profit. All customs brokers charge a brokerage fee, although I'm not sure if the cost is standard with all the brokers. If you are able to drive to the border for next time, check out a few of the parcel services that are located right across the border in Pembina, ND. Check out mikesparcel.com
There are others down there, but mikes is the one that comes to mind right now.
There is more you need to know - and I have experienced the same as Maxwell when I was presented and had to pay a bill for $109.00 for a 80 dollar US purchase. I called the courier service and learned a great deal.

FIRST MISTAKE - DO NOT GO FOR CHEAP GROUND SERVICE OVER MORE EXPENSIVE AIR SERVICE. At least ASK the company what SHIPPING OPTIONS they have. By choosing the GROUND SERVICE - the package MUST BE CLAIMED BY A BROKER from the US delivery service {gov't or private courier} in order to pass through CUSTOMS. Then they also select a Delivery Service for you and this is usually a private courier service such as UPS.
There will be more charges, such as the HANDLING FEE from UPS, etc.

BUT - IF YOU GO WITH AIR SERVICE - THE PACKAGE IS FLOWN OVER THE BORDER AND SKIPS THE WHOLE NEED FOR A BROKER TO ACT AS AN AGENT - thereby NO BROKER FEE.
This is why the Air Service option will be more expensive BUT it still works out CHEAPER by "avoiding" the BROKER FEE WHICH IS ARBITRARILY DETERMINED BY THE BROKER COMPANY!!!

So in my case, I chose the cheap $30 Ground Service knowing it would take longer, but hey it was cheaper than the $60 Air Service WHICH the Customer Service Rep NEVER mentioned the real difference concerning the border {probably didn't even know}. But after all the charges involved added up to $119 dollars [UPS gave me a $10 credit to be 'nice']. So HAD I KNOWN I obviously would of went with the Air option. LESSON LEARNED!
Hope it helps someone :)
Beverly

Oshawa, Canada

#6 Feb 23, 2013
Now what is ticking me off big time, is that the US Postal service has arranged with US-based companies to use the FLAT-RATE BOX - and its not even an option - it just IS! I used to be able to purchase craft items which weigh 'almost nothing' and could find small companies willing to ship as per the "real weight"...say $3.65. But now, Flat Rate is usually $20, today one is $26 for the small box.

My gawd, its not even a choice for Canadians. What has happened to make it even harder for us to shop online, or catalogs, tv, etc. with the US? Its so silly when they mail something across their side of things, for free or $6 bucks - and ship to me, maybe a small distance - for $20 minimum!

[email protected]**!
Frank Fencepost

Winnipeg, Canada

#7 Jun 10, 2013
I use a US Warehouse in pembina, nd. There is a company called A.D. Rutherford that has a truck that delivers to Winnipeg from Pembina, ND.

The rates are reasonable and all inclusive - their website is www.adrutherford.com
Lone Wolf

Winnipeg, Canada

#8 Jun 11, 2013
Canada is a rip-off, period.

Litre of gas: ND $1.00. MB $1.36
Box of 12 premium beer: ND $11. MB $25
1.75L Grey Goose Vodka: ND $39. MB $105
Pack of 8 Cigarillos: ND $3. MB $11
Sales tax: ND 5%. MB 13%(effective July 1st)

Even with public health care and better social services the taxes we pay can't be justified. Where does it all go? The roads are beyond horrible, they actually damage your car. The reserves are like third world countries. The parks are poorly maintained.
Insurance and licencing fees are sky-high.

Just how many Mike Duffys are there, because we're getting fleeced!

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