Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Do customers usually pay for the customs/duties on products they've bought online?

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  • May 9th, 2011 12:01 pm
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pkpower wrote:
May 7th, 2011 10:56 am
And if you ship by other couriers the receiver of the package might not have to pay duties/taxes? What about shipping via USPS?

I've found shipping with my regular postal service (Canada Post) people have informed me that there are no random fees or extra charges. Internationally (IE Europe not NA) customers have told me that they have to pay an extra $30.00 at least when it arrives by UPS where if I send it by Canada Post they pay nothing. Both methods are claimed and customs forms written the same way. It just seems the service. In North America I usually ship UPS air methods to avoid brokerage fees. Only time they are charged is if the package is actually stopped in customs.