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Braunson wrote:
Apr 26th, 2012 1:11 am
CBI is still good eh, I Google Map'd them with the images updated recently and the street-view of their building looks like they've moved out?
I hope they're still good. I have a few packages supposedly waiting for me there. I tried google and the image I saw looks like business as usual...Fed Ex truck and fork lift outside. Image dated Oct. 2011. That reminds me, I guess one of the disadvantages of CBI is that their building and neighbourhood might seem a little sketchy to some people.
Braunson wrote:
Apr 26th, 2012 1:11 am
@KC1 What do you usually tell the border people when crossing when you go to pickup anything from CBI?

Usually, I tell them, "I'm crossing the border to pick something up at CBI." :) I found out the hard way when I was a lot younger that it doesn't pay to lie to the customs guys. And it's not like you're doing anything illegal by crossing to pick something up. Coming back, I just tell them how long I was there and declare what I bought. A lot of times they just say have a nice day. If not, I just pay the taxes. Yes, you lose some of your "savings", but I always account for that before I send anything there.
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Braunson wrote:
Apr 26th, 2012 1:11 am
CBI is still good eh, I Google Map'd them with the images updated recently and the street-view of their building looks like they've moved out?
I was there in mid Febuary, and they're still at 1711 Cudaback Ave. Over the last couple of years, they've expanded the warehouse space they use. Seems like they're doing well, which is nice to see. :)

Oh, and speaking of Google Street View, here I am heading to CBI last October (beige Odyssey):
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Niagara+F ... 2C4.3&z=17
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There is a new shipping place in Ogdensburg for receiving internet ordered stuff - they are probably closest to the bridge too. They have two names one is US2CAN Logistics and they also have another name something like Oburg Package Center. Address is at 120 Chimney Point Dr - you can see it from the toll booth. For me they seem to be much better organized than the UPS store at the mall where the lineup to get stuff or ship stuff is always painful. I also used the corporate center for a couple of months for business shipments and they were a total disaster/nightmare - This other place I've used for business shipments for several months now and its been great, very happy. If you want more info you can look them up at www.ogdensburg-parcel-package-shipping-service.com to get their exact address

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this is really useful but i dont have car! Is there any service like pick up in USA and send to me by mail? Love to pay for it .
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vicnan wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2012 11:12 am
this is really useful but i dont have car! Is there any service like pick up in USA and send to me by mail? Love to pay for it .
LOL my situation exactly!

I want to buy something off a US site and have it shipped to the border (to ship it to Canada is way too much). The package weighs a little less than 70 lbs (but it's not considered freight) and is a rectangular box 66 x 20 x 7 inches filled with wooden parts.

What is the cheapest way that I can ship that package from Niagara NY to Toronto? I've looked at the top 3 UPS, FedEx, and DHL, but open to consider other shippers that do it for less.

Thanks
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The closest place for receiving packages with the best hours (even open Sundays) and lowest rates (I know, I tried all of them) is American Mailbox at 256 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY directly across from Seneca Casino. www.AmericanMailbox.net
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rhunter1 wrote:
Sep 27th, 2012 1:49 pm
The closest place for receiving packages with the best hours and lowest rates (I know, I tried all of them) is American Mailbox at 256 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY directly across from Seneca Casino. www.American-Mailbox.net
I've used them before but there is one company across from Niagara Falls I'd recommend over that one.. Orion Limited. http://www.shiporion.com/ They only charge $5.00 per parcel and even with the early closing hours posted on the website, if you call/email ahead they will stay open late, arrange for a late pickup, etc. The employees there are very friendly and helpful, they told me how to get to my next destination quickly and also told me where to get gas $0.30/gallon cheaper then all the other stations.

They also offer to receive, consolidate and reship items to Canada if you want. (Saves from driving down) They are just across the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge by about 5 minutes.
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rhunter1 wrote:
Sep 27th, 2012 1:49 pm
The closest place for receiving packages with the best hours and lowest rates (I know, I tried all of them) is American Mailbox at 256 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY directly across from Seneca Casino. www.American-Mailbox.net
Found a new one... I've used the one you mention before but there is one company across from Niagara Falls area I'd recommend over that one.. Orion Limited. http://www.shiporion.com/ They only charge $5.00 per parcel and even with the early closing hours posted on the website, if you call/email ahead they will stay open late, arrange for a late pickup, etc. The employees there are very friendly and helpful, they told me how to get to my next destination quickly and also told me where to get gas $0.30/gallon cheaper then all the other stations.

They also offer to receive, consolidate and reship items to Canada if you want. (Saves from driving down) They are just across the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge by about 5 minutes.
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I have a slight off topic question. As for me, I don't have a car either, but I figure a way to take the bus + walk across the border from Delta, BC to Point Roberts, WA, if I decide to use US parcel service. Now my question is, what would crossing the border be like for the Canadian pedestrians returning? Will they ask a lot of questions and put on custom duties? (The thing I plan to buy is ~$95) Anybody care to share their experience?
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oolunaseaoo wrote:
Oct 26th, 2012 3:19 am
I have a slight off topic question. As for me, I don't have a car either, but I figure a way to take the bus + walk across the border from Delta, BC to Point Roberts, WA, if I decide to use US parcel service. Now my question is, what would crossing the border be like for the Canadian pedestrians returning? Will they ask a lot of questions and put on custom duties? (The thing I plan to buy is ~$95) Anybody care to share their experience?
Customs can *always* choose to charge duties, it is up to the individual officer if they do charge you or not. (under $200 at auto crossings down my way I find they rarely will charge if I've been across for three hours or more) If you are only crossing for an item pickup, (so there and back within an hour) I'd suspect they would look at you hard, more so since you are walking (I'd expect a search of some sort) I normally cross for the afternoon, see some sights, do shopping at various stores, and cross back with a full tank of gas as well. When I get questioned at the border I have all my receipts ready, and am honest with any question.

All in all, if the goods are made in the USA, you can be charged any provincial tax and federal tax. If you have a combined HST tax, you would be charged that.
From CBSA:
What can I bring back with me?

When you return to Canada, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemption. Personal exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value into the country without paying the regular duties. If you have been outside Canada for:

24 hours or more, you can bring in CAN$200 worth of goods free of duty and tax;
If the goods you bring in are worth more than CAN$200 in total, you cannot claim this exemption. Instead you have to pay full applicable duties and taxes on all goods you bring in.
48 hours or more, you can bring in CAN$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax;
7 days or more, you can bring in CAN$800 worth of goods free of duty and tax. Goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (via courier, mail or delivery agency).

What if I'm away for only a few hours?

If you don't qualify for a personal exemption, you can still bring back any amount of goods - except for restricted items - as long as you are willing to pay the duties and any provincial and territorial assessments that may apply.
More info here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/facts- ... 0-eng.html
and here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications ... 6-eng.html

This chart is the most important document, its the Tariff Guide and tells you the charges you may incurr, and how much for types of items. Note if its made outside of the US, you could be looking at some expensive taxes if they decide to charge you.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications ... 04-eng.pdf

Hope this helps.. (I've been shipping/shopping across the border often for over ten years now)
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I haven't done this before - Is it as simple as shipping to them @ "256 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303-1231" and then calling them to followup after ?

Or do I need to call Orion before I palce Order (on say Amazon) ?
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oolunaseaoo wrote:
Oct 26th, 2012 3:19 am
I have a slight off topic question. As for me, I don't have a car either, but I figure a way to take the bus + walk across the border from Delta, BC to Point Roberts, WA, if I decide to use US parcel service. Now my question is, what would crossing the border be like for the Canadian pedestrians returning? Will they ask a lot of questions and put on custom duties? (The thing I plan to buy is ~$95) Anybody care to share their experience?
I pick up packages in Pt Roberts about once every couple of months that are valued anywhere from $50 to $250 and have never been asked to pay anything coming back however I am driving. I do see some people sent in to pay duties but they generally seem to be business vehicles i.e. a van with a chocolate company logo picked up a package same time as me and I saw that they were sent in at the border with their paperwork.
I rarely see pedestrians cross the border there - I think most people take their car to fill up with cheap gas as well as pick up packages. If you are walking you probably want to use The Letter Carrier as I think they are closest to the border.
Point Roberts is funny in that being disconnected from the rest of mainland U.S. I would guess that at least 80% of the Canadians crossing there are picking up packages and/or getting gas. The border guards are used to people saying they've been across for 20 minutes and that they've picked up a package, filled up with gas and bought some milk.
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aasghar wrote:
Oct 27th, 2012 8:03 pm
I haven't done this before - Is it as simple as shipping to them @ "256 3rd Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303-1231" and then calling them to followup after ?

Or do I need to call Orion before I palce Order (on say Amazon) ?
Yes, its as simple as shipping to "your name" and their address. They do not need a call ahead, but I did give them one.
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With so many choices, what is the best choice if I just want to forward 1-5 regular mail / package to me in Ontario a year. Location of the mailbox does not matter due to I will never pick up in person. Finally, if I can pay via Paypal for fees that would be plus.
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StartHere wrote:
Nov 4th, 2012 8:12 pm
With so many choices, what is the best choice if I just want to forward 1-5 regular mail / package to me in Ontario a year. Location of the mailbox does not matter due to I will never pick up in person. Finally, if I can pay via Paypal for fees that would be plus.
Orion (as I mentioned above) does all that. They will even consolidate all/some of your shipments if you want them to. You also don't need to "pay" for a mailing address- you can pay per parcel/mail received.

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