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Has anyone here driven across the border to pickup packages?

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Has anyone here driven across the border to pickup packages?

I was thinking about having some stuff shipped to http://nyaddress.ca/ and then drive across the border to pick it up.

The stuff is all from Amazon so it'll come with receipts and stuff, and in total it'll all be worth around 1.5-2K USD.

Has anyone done anything similar? How was your experience with the border ppl.
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A lot of people have. Show customs agents the receipts and invoices, no problems.
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BengaliPrince wrote: I was thinking about having some stuff shipped to http://nyaddress.ca/ and then drive across the border to pick it up.

Has anyone done anything similar? How was your experience with the border ppl.
Yes, I drive across the border every few months to pick up packages. Make sure you have printed copies of your invoices with you and you know the Canadian dollar value of the goods you're bringing back.

The crossing process is simple - I just tell the US border officer that I'm going to the package place to pick up items. They sometimes ask if the items are for personal or business use and how long I'll be in the country or if I am planning to go further south.

On the return trip, just tell the CBSA officer that you went down to pick up packages. They'll ask how long you've been out of the country and the value. The last few times, I have been waved through even with several hundred dollars worth of goods. That said, be prepared to park and go inside with your documentation to pay tax.
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retrothing wrote: That said, be prepared to park and go inside with your documentation to pay tax.
This.

If you're coming back with 1.5-2K USD worth, I'd very surprised if they let you go without paying tax (HST). If the product is manufactured outside North America, depending what it is, there may be duties too.
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I've driven across the border to pick up but this sounds way easier:

http://crossborderpickups.ca/

The US company you order from ships to an address in New York state then this company drives it to Mississauga and you pick it up for like $5.

You have to pay any duty and HST of course but you do as well if you drive to the US to get it.
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Guncho wrote: I've driven across the border to pick up but this sounds way easier:

http://crossborderpickups.ca/

The US company you order from ships to an address in New York state then this company drives it to Mississauga and you pick it up for like $5.

You have to pay any duty and HST of course but you do as well if you drive to the US to get it.
I rather make the drive myself and use the $5 for some Buffalo wings. Bonus if CBSA waves me through without having to pay tax.
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Wouldn't gas cost more than $5?
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Guncho wrote: Wouldn't gas cost more than $5?
For one box it's not worth it.
For an entire uhaul? Easily worth it.
Source: I've driven a uhaul trailer over to pick up goods before.
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I have never done this before. But I am thinking asking my American friend to receive and resend the package to me.
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wxw2015 wrote: I have never done this before. But I am thinking asking my American friend to receive and resend the package to me.
You might wanna check the rates with MyMallBox first, their rates are typically way cheaper.

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