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Anyone try CrossBorderPickup?

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If CBP asks you the contents and value of the package, could you not underestimate the value to pay less duties and taxes?
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I imagine they would want to see an invoice in advance or since the package is opened at the border there is most likely a shipping invoice. Failing that why would you want to put the screws to a company that is really doing you a big favour? Now you are asking about CrossBorderPickup (CBP) as opposed to Canada Customs (CBSA)?
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Just adding a follow up here about CBP.

My two small packages from Amazon were charged a $17 fee for consolidated shipping and I paid $30 in HST.

If I had not consolidated the packages it would have been $18.
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Guncho wrote:
Dec 16th, 2016 1:56 pm
Just adding a follow up here about CBP.

My two small packages from Amazon were charged a $17 fee for consolidated shipping and I paid $30 in HST.

If I had not consolidated the packages it would have been $18.
I am not quite sure that I understood your point.

Do you mean that CBP is pretty useless and by using their service,you have paid too much?
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Not at all and I didn't have a point.

Just sharing my experience.
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Are they opening and inspecting your package?
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They opened my packages.
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Planning to use them for my next amazon order. What are some other cross border shippers that are very competitive and similar to cbp? I remember there were discussions of mymallbox or myusaddress, kinek etc.

I used to go cross the border and pick up items at cbi but with the us$, bridge toll and time, it's just easier having it shipped to a warehouse in mississauga.
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I'm not aware of any others that offer pickup in the GTA.
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I'm not sure how it works... other companies, you use DHL or USPS etc. But, this co., they ship your purchases (they're located in the USA near the border) to a depot in Mississauga or what? How long do you have to wait for your purchase? I assume they just use Canada Post when they ship from their Mississauga location?
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The way it works is they give you an American address, then you use that address for your orders. When the package shows up at the American address they send you an email asking you to provide a description of the contents and the value. Once you respond, they send an email with the estimated taxes and duty owing. You then approve (or disapprove) their estimate and indicate whether you want them to hold the package to consolidate it with other shipments that are en-route to the American address or go ahead and clear customs. They then pay the taxes and duty owing and clear it at customs, put it on their truck, send it to Mississauga. Once it gets there they send you another email indicating the package is ready for pickup and how much tax/duty you owe along with their fee. You can have them send it to your Canadian address if you want, but I've never done that.
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Guncho wrote:
Dec 16th, 2016 1:56 pm
Just adding a follow up here about CBP.

My two small packages from Amazon were charged a $17 fee for consolidated shipping and I paid $30 in HST.

If I had not consolidated the packages it would have been $18.
$47 would pay for trip to Buffalo and back. Buy some cheap gas down there, couple cans of $5 Plasti Dip, get the package from Kinek point and come back. What is the advantage of using CBP?
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How do you know you wouldn't have to pay HST on the items on the way back?
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Tommy74 wrote:
Jan 10th, 2017 8:53 pm
$47 would pay for trip to Buffalo and back. Buy some cheap gas down there, couple cans of $5 Plasti Dip, get the package from Kinek point and come back. What is the advantage of using CBP?
Saving at least three hours of driving (can be much more, depending on border delays, weather, accidents on the 401, etc.). Maybe you misunderstood and didn't know that you pick up your CBP packages from Mississauga.

So in this example, the comparison is $47 to pickup from Mississauga or $47 and three hours driving to pickup in Buffalo (picking up some cheap U.S. gas is offset by the additional gas to go to Buffalo).

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