|Always use the USPS (United States Postal Service) instead of UPS (United
Parcel Service) when mailing a package from the USA to Canada. The
shipping price might be slightly higher but you will save money in the end.
UPS charges a horrendous brokerage fee on packages that cross the border. A brokerage fee is the fee charged for conducting a package through customs.
The postal system doesn't charge any brokerage fee. These fees are charged to the recipient, and not the sender.
US Mail is the way to go when shipping from US to Canada. Canada Post will do the required customs brokering and will assess the correct duty and GST. ALL FOR $5.....You get a note in the mail that tells you that you have a parcel waiting at your nearest post office. You pay the GST and $5 fee and away you go. No UPS guy hiding parcels in the shrubs, or leaving your parcel with the ex-con next door, NO brokerage fees and especially....no finger pointing when UPS CANADA blames the missing parcel on UPS USA and they do likewise and inform you that they aren't really affiliated.....they just have the same name.
UPS charges an incredible "brokerage fee" on all shipments they bring into Canada. The minimum fee is about $35.00. I have refused to use UPS because of this fee. And what does UPS do to earn this fee? They stamp the parcel with their brokerage stamp.
If you are an eBay seller shipping from the USA to Canada this is very important, especially now that the buyer has more rights on eBay than the seller. If you ship using UPS your buyer will be dinged with a high brokerage fee and he may refuse the package or leave you negative feedback, so please heed my warning, when shipping from the USA to Canada ALWAYS use USPS.
If you have any questions regarding these ridiculous fees you can call me at (514) 694-0060.
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