How to Save $14.95 on DHL fees by self-clearing packages
Almost everyone has had this happen and probably felt pushed into a corner with no option. I posted this in hot deals because this is an empowering way to save at least $14.95, although it does require some work.
Let me tell you my story, I ordered a $30 USD item from China. My local taxes are 10%, so that is $4 CAD. To collect that $4, DHL demands a "brokerage fee" and a "transaction fee" before they will give me the package. That is on top of the shipping fee that the seller has already paid DHL. DHL really demands $14.95 to collect $4 in tax, so $4 is now $18.95! Below I will describe how to pay only the $4 to the government, and $0 to DHL (or other carrier).
The delivery ppl I ask about the fees have always responded with innocence to any questions, as if they do not understand. This is probably the worst part of their job, no need to confront the delivery person.
-Save at least $14.95 on DHL fees
-You have to take paperwork and ID to the customs office and wait in line. Nobody is ever in line at my local office when I go there, YMMV.
-DHL loses the money that they paid for the duty and taxes to clear your package, the customs office does not refund them. In my case, $4.
So how can you save at least $14.95 on DHL fees on every item you purchase?
I found a nice write up here: https://borderbee.com/2014/01/13/how-to ... h-customs/
but I will tell you how I do it with DHL specifically.
1. When the carrier comes to your door and demands the fees before giving you the package, you tell them that you are refusing delivery and will self-clear the package.
Alternatively, you can skip step #2 by calling or emailing DHL and ask them for the form for self-clearance. DHL will need the waybill # or tracking #. This can also be done here http://international.dhl.ca/en/contact_ ... duals.html
2. * if the delivery person does not give you a print out for the package, ask him for the paperwork*
3. Take that page to your customs office within 48 hrs to avoid storage fees. Also bring proof of your payment to the seller in case customs asks to see it. The customs office for your city is probably near the airport.
4. The customs officer will give you a form to fill out which describes the package or you can ask him to guide you through if you are unfamiliar with the process
5. Pay the tax and duty, get the receipt to show DHL
6. Take the receipt to DHL office or email a picture to DHL, and reschedule delivery
7. Enjoy your long term immunity to package ransoms! I hope this helps at least one person that feels extorted by a carrier. This process should work for UPS or any carrier other than Canada Post.