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There doesn't appear to be any inexpensive option. I got a quote from the llama and it came to the same or more than Crossborder. Crossborder works well but unless you want to drive to the boonies to pick up the box you have to pay the same ridiculous additional fee to get the shipment delivered to your door.
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Dec 24, 2011
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It was $30 just to pick it up from their warehouse. Not even delivered to my door.

Thanks for checking out Llama, saved me and other readers some time
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donaldhu wrote:
Dec 1st, 2017 10:57 am
It was $30 just to pick it up from their warehouse. Not even delivered to my door.

Thanks for checking out Llama, saved me and other readers some time
Yes it is about that just to pick it up there. I was paying almost $60 to get a package delivered to my door but it beat driving all the way out there from downtown. I don't think you are going to find cheaper services. It's a lot of work and administration to run these x-border services.

Actually, the only reason I used them was to have a US address for my US customers to send some products that needed to be upgraded. I didn't want them to have the hassle of filling out forms and sending the package to Canada for the additional cost, not to mention I want to maintain the semblance of an entirely US-based business. So, a forwarding service made a lot of sense, but the extra cost (which I added into the cost of the upgrade) was just ridiculous. Since then I have dropped using any such services and just tell customers I only do upgrades once a month. Then I just have them done at my US logistics warehouse by someone once a month. Otherwise I get a ton of personal purchases shipped to my US warehouse which I then bring back to Canada when I visit there.

I hear that chitchats is looking into a x-border service for packages from US to Canada but nothing has been done yet. They have trucks going down every day anyway that come back empty. Perhaps their service, if and when introduced, might be less expensive.
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Oct 4, 2010
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Check out nyaddress.ca
Looks ghetto, is ghetto, in ghetto, but only $2.95 USD per package.
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MrsDoubtfire wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 1:32 pm
Check out nyaddress.ca
Looks ghetto, is ghetto, in ghetto, but only $2.95 USD per package.
That service does not solve anything as those packages don't come to Canada but to the US. There are many companies that receive packages just over the border so that you can drive down to pick them up.

OP wants to have it x-shipped to Canada not to have to travel to pick them up.
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Jun 3, 2018
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donaldhu wrote:
Nov 30th, 2017 10:52 pm
I currently use

http://crossborderpickups.ca/

But I had to pay $30 on a small 3lb order.

I saw https://www.shipllama.com/

But they have no facebook reviews, their lama mascot isn't winning me over too.

What cross border service do you use?
Your including duties in that 30$ I’m guessing since the Crossboarder Pickups charges for unconsolidated individual packages would’ve been $9 on a 3lb item. So the value of your item incured 21$ to the provincial/federal governments of Canada.

Their charges unconsolidated individual shipments is $7 up to 1lb, $9 up to 10lb, $15 up to 30lb. Or if you collect a few shipment in Niagara Falls and consolidate it’s cheaper @ $4 <1lb, $6 <10lb, $10 <30lb. I haven’t found a cheaper method to bring packages into Canada yet. I live in the GTA so I can use the Markham local pickup office though instead of having Crossboarder Pickups ship it to me.

Duties are charged regardless how a package arrives in Canada unless it’s value is below $20. Including duties when comparing prices between package forwarding services is irrelevant. A random 3lb package can have a value of pennies or well over $10k depending what’s inside.

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