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Ottawa folks; anyone try to clear UPS customs yourself?

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Oct 9, 2003
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My item was $250 CAD.

So PST + GST was ~$30.

And I'm pretty sure Canada Post would ding me on GST/PST for an item declared at $250...
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litebrite wrote: My item was $250 CAD.

So PST + GST was ~$30.

And I'm pretty sure Canada Post would ding me on GST/PST for an item declared at $250...
So all that work for 30$?
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litebrite wrote: My item was $250 CAD.

So PST + GST was ~$30.

And I'm pretty sure Canada Post would ding me on GST/PST for an item declared at $250...
But umm... wouldn't you be still paying the GST and PST regardless if a customs broker handles it? What did you save then?
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Oct 9, 2003
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UPS was going to charge me $80 and I ended up paying around $50; so I saved $30. I know it's not much, but it's still something.

And now that I have an account set up w/ A&A, next time I run into this again I can just give UPS A&A's contact right away. This was a learning experience.

Although yeah, in the future I will try to avoid UPS if possible. Or only send them to my address in Blaine, WA and pick them up myself when I go home to Vancouver.
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Just to add,
if you have something shipped AIR not ground with UPS the broker fees are included.

You get the item much quicker usually just a couple days and no broker fees to worry about.

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