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USA mail & parcel forwarding service?

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Mar 15, 2003
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Bump for a good thread.

A note on duty: We have Free Trade which normally means no duty on most items. What you should expect to pay if you bring it back across the border yourself is the taxes. For folks in ontario, that'd generally be just the GST and PST. I've brought both computer equipment and books across the border (and other items) for years now and have never paid 'duty'. But I always declare my stuff at the border and pay the taxes. The last thing I'd do is try and sneak it across - if it's not worth the 15% then it's not worth my getting it in from the US. (just IMO).

I still use mailboxes etc in niagara falls/buffalo; I keep a mailbox there. They will mail stuff across from my box when requested, not sure what the charge is but it's not much. They do also take one up shipments I believe; certainly they used to. The phone number for them is on a previous page of this thread. Alternatively you could call ahead to them to setup a one time shipment, the drive down to pick it up - clear it at the border and pay your 15%.

Failing that, if you're getting something shipped, use postal service not UPS. What many people see as 'duty' with UPS shipments isn't duty, it's a whole ton of service charges for 'clearing customs paperwork', service fees for having to pay the GST on your behalf, stuff like that. And their rates are obscene (like $50 on a $100) - but again it's not duty, it's charged by UPS. If you ship post, they generally charge like $5 to clear the paperwork plus the taxes, and that's it.
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Sep 14, 2003
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emoci wrote:For those that use TheLetterCarrier.com do you need to rent a mailbox from them in order to use their MailForwarding service?
Nope, you just put their address with your name at the top. It's a good idea to put your phone number on it as well since from experience, they've called 50% of the time when the parcel arrives. Also, if it's a valuable item, make sure you ask them to check ID since anyone can just go there, point to a random package and say it's theirs. They just have to pay the small fee and the package is theirs. Trust me, it's happened before.
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Dec 11, 2004
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nanirina wrote:too bad no more pay as you go.. now a yearly charge with STS...

STS actually lost one of my mail. well i dont' know whethr it's USPS 's fault or STS.. it was just a plain letter.. STS didn't receive it..
: ( : ( : (
It's better than before I think, the basic yearly subscription fee include the first shipment (5$ + shipping charge), so it's a better deal
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Nov 15, 2004
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Daijoubu wrote:It's better than before I think, the basic yearly subscription fee include the first shipment (5$ + shipping charge), so it's a better deal
the yearly fee includes the shipping for free? I thought it was just receiving the package for free and not shipipng and receiving
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Dec 11, 2004
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I think you're right, it's just the 5$ that's included
$3 per year isn't bad lol

[QUOTE]$7.95 per year - includes your 1st package receipt FREE. - Additional deliveries charged at $4.95 per delivery. - This is the most economical plan if you shop infrequently or make less than three purchases from online stores per month.[/QUOTE]
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Nov 5, 2001
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[QUOTE]We regret to inform that Shop the States is closing.

The recent change in office location and start of online membership program came about because Shop the States hired an independent contracting company to process and onward ship member packages. This contracting company informed us today they will be breaking contract.

With much discussion and heavy hearts we have decided to close Shop the States. We have enjoyed providing service to our many members and would like to thank you for your business.

We understand our closing will inconvenience some members. We do apologize for the inconvenience and have listed below instructions for members with pending orders, in transit packages or parcels currently with Shop the States.

Members will be issued refunds for their Shop the States subscription payment by June 30th.

Kind Regards,

The team @ Shop the States



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MEMBERS WITH PENDING ORDERS:

We ask all members with pending orders to cancel your orders with the retailer/seller. If your order has shipped and will arrive in the next week it will be processed as usual.
MEMBERS WITH IN TRANSIT ORDERS:

In transit parcels will be received and processed as usual until July 5th. We ask that all members request shipping quotes and onward ship parcels promptly once your order arrives to Shop the States.
MEMBERS WITH PACKAGES AT SHOP THE STATES:

Submit a shipping quote request as soon as possible via your member page. We will continue to ship parcels out until July 17th.
[/QUOTE]

Ugh, anybody have any good alternatives? Shop the States was the best one that I could find.
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Feb 15, 2005
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Bad news. I've got email from them too.
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Dec 4, 2005
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bjan wrote:Ugh, anybody have any good alternatives? Shop the States was the best one that I could find.
I echo this request. The place the closing e-mail refers to seems to be way more expensive for little additional value, and the couple of other places referred to in this thread seem to have the same problems.

Anyone able to help some fellow RFDers out? Who has a line on reasonable US mail forwarding?

I am utterly blown away by these www.myus.com prices. 35$ setup fee. 132$ annual membership. Mandatory 8$ shipping invoice for every international package. And *then* we get into the shipping costs.

:eek:
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Oct 12, 2005
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Here's a list of Places I have put together (I don't think any of them have all the features that made STS stand out, but the first few I put up are quite close):


1. ViaAdress (http://www.viaddress.com/)

2. ShipItTo (http://www.shipitto.com/)

3. Package Express (http://www.packageexpress.com)

-You can register with them for free
-There are no annual fees unless you are planning to receive letters and magazines regularly (at which point it's $25/yr and you get a mail box)
-Their Rates Info
-You can get a Quote from them before sending down a package

Costs Involved:
-Actual Shipping Cost (if Forwarding)
-Receiving Fee (http://www.packageexpress.com/Forms/RatesServices.pdf)
-Handling Fee of $6

These used to be their old rates:
PackageExpress wrote:
Package Pick-Up
� Same day email notification
� Phone or fax notification at no additional charge (may not be same day)
� Free Registration (Sign-up online at www.PackageExpress.com)

$3.00 / package 0-49 lbs and less than 4� in length (Storage 30 days, $3.00/mth thereafter)
$4.00 / package 50-99 lbs or between 4� and 8� (Storage 30 days, $4.00/mth thereafter)
$7.00 / package 100-150 lbs or 8� or longer (Storage 30 days, $7.00/mth thereafter)
$15.00 / pallet Pallet up to 4� X 4� X 4� (Storage 7 days, $15.00/wk thereafter)
$30.00 / pallet Pallet up to 4� X 4� X 8� (Storage 7 days, $30.00/wk thereafter)

If you plan on receiving letter mail or magazines a $25.00 annual mailbox fee applies.

With our computerized package notification system we can email you the day a package arrives for you.
The email will also include any previous packages that have arrived so you always have an up to date inventory.

Phone and fax notifications are free as well. Discounts are available for high volume. We can receive packages from any delivery company: FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, and any others. We can receive from any freight company too! Address your shipments as follows.
You will receive a customer number via email when you sign up online.

YOUR NAME or COMPANY NAME
115 Garfield St.
#______ (Your Customer No.)
Sumas WA 98295
User Experience:
-Also an RFDer emailed them
-Here's someone who's had experience with them: http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... stcount=45
-Also I recently had a package sent there and had them forward it to me. This ran smoothly, but I did have to call in to let them know I wanted it forwarded and provide CC info. Other than that everything was smooth, got my package in about 3-4 days, which I would consider reasonable for USPS shipping that I chose.
-See http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... tcount=327

4. The Letter Carrier (http://thelettercarrier.com/)

-Call before shipping to them
-Ask to be called when package arrives
-Send package to:
Your Name
145 Tyee Drive, Point Roberts, WA 98281
Tel: Your Number

Involved Costs:
-Package Handling (Receiving):
1 to 24 Lbs $ 2.00
25 to 70 Lbs $ 2.50
Over 70 Lbs $ 3.25
C.O.D.s $ 4.50
Pallets $ 5.50
-Arrival Notification: Phone $ 0.75
-Mail Forwarding: $ 5.00 + Postage

So for Package under 24 lbs it'll cost: $7.75 + postage for forwarding
or only $2.75 if you cross the border from BC and get them across the border yourself.


5. http://www.forwardit.us/

6. http://www.rydensstore.com/

7. http://www.tsbshipping.com/

8. www.freeportforwarding.com

9. http://www.usaddressinc.com/mailbox.html

10. Blaine Enterprises http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... tcount=127

11. http://canammailbox.tripod.com/

12. http://www.cbiusa.com/

13. http://www.pacificmailandparcel.com/location.cfm

14. http://www.usparcelpickup.com/

15. This has now given life to two threads so check the other one here:

http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... ge=3&pp=15

Others

http://www.myus.com/
From STS closing e-mail: Don�t forget to mention discount code SO-STS in the �How Did You Hear About Us� field during signup for a special discount of $30 OFF ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP

http://www.mbe.com/ps/ms.html

http://maillinkplus.com/index.php

http://www.usglobalmail.com/

http://www.usabox.com/

http://www.1mailforward.com/index_002.htm

http://www.mailforwarding.biz/index.asp

http://www.usa2me.com/site/default.aspx

http://www.mynycoffice.com/1/cat1.htm

http://www.activefilings.com/en/service ... arding.htm

http://www.mailnetwork.com/afaq.html

http://www.homebaseoregon.com/

http://www.vmfs.com/

http://www.thepostaldepot.com/mail.html#mailinfo

http://www.pobiusa.com/

http://www.shopanyamericanstore.com/



Summary

Of the above, the following seem to have an established forwarding service for those who are not picking up their own packages:
-PackageExpress
-TheLetterCarrier
-ForwartIt.us (See http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... p?t=654027 )



Other Useful Info

-Importing By Mail (applicable rules and dispute process with Duty/Tax assesments): http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/posta ... u-eng.html
-Fees to expect from UPS (http://www.ups.com/content/ca/en/shippi ... rance.html )
-Fees to expect from Fedex Trade Networks (http://www.stokecity.ca/FTN-FXG%20Broke ... ersion.pdf )
-Fees to expect with CanadaPost/USPS shipment:
When items are imported into Canada by mail, Canada Post charges the recipient either a $5 handling fee for collecting duty and taxes on behalf of the CBSA, or an $8 handling fee if the item was sent by Priority Courier. If a mail item is duty free and tax exempt, neither fee is charged.

All amounts must be paid at the time of delivery (by cash, certified cheque, VISA, MasterCard or your Canada Post commercial account).
-CBSA programs for frequent Travellers: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/agency-agenc ... g.html#a_1
-Good Reading: http://www.stokecity.ca/orderfromus.shtml
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Jun 27, 2006
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I use Security mail in Blaine, WA - $8 a month. I drive down once a month and fill up with gas which pays for the box and the drive!
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Dec 4, 2005
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emoci wrote:Here's a list of Places I have put together (I don't think any of them have all the features that made STS stand out):
2. The Letter Carrier (Decent Replacement for STS, but the onus is on you to do the calling)
http://thelettercarrier.com/
Good post. I like the sounds of this service, even if it is no STS.

From a quick look around the web, there was a "Google Answers" about this. All the places in that answer seemed to have $50+ annual membership fees, so any service without that wins in my book.
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May 8, 2003
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Vancouver, BC
skule123 wrote:Good post. I like the sounds of this service, even if it is no STS.

From a quick look around the web, there was a "Google Answers" about this. All the places in that answer seemed to have $50+ annual membership fees, so any service without that wins in my book.
Can anyone who had used thelettercarrier before comment on their service?

Also will they just ship to Canada or to other countries as well?

And what mailing methods do they use (e.g. Fedex, DHL...etc)?

Too many questions.... :cheesygri
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Aug 16, 2004
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Vancouver
Does anyone have any info on Blaine Enterprises? (http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... tcount=127) I'm thinking of using them but do they work the same way as the Point Roberts place? Do I just put my name and their address in the shipping address and just go there when the package arrives or do I have to let them know first?
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Dec 8, 2005
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any place near montreal where I could pick up the package?
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Aug 20, 2006
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I use CanAm in Niagara Falls - the will hold packages for you to come and collect, and are located within a minute of the border. Mom and Pop kind of place, nothing fancy but very reliable.

Have been with them over a year - very happy, no problems. You can rent a box for a month at a time if you like. Don't think they forward, though.

I am looking for a similar service in the 1000 Islands region - does anyone know of one??
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May 15, 2004
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SubXO wrote:Does anyone have any info on Blaine Enterprises? (http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... tcount=127) I'm thinking of using them but do they work the same way as the Point Roberts place? Do I just put my name and their address in the shipping address and just go there when the package arrives or do I have to let them know first?
Are you closer to Blaine than Point Roberts? The line-ups at the Douglas and Pacific crossings can be brutal. Point Roberts isn't usually longer than 10-20 mins. I'd sooner go there, unless you have a Nexus card (of course).

The two places I'm aware of in Point Roberts are:

http://www.thelettercarrier.com/
http://www.tsbshipping.com/

I've used TSB Shipping, and am quite happy with their service.
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Nov 28, 2005
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Toronto
peroxide8888 wrote:Are you closer to Blaine than Point Roberts? The line-ups at the Douglas and Pacific crossings can be brutal. Point Roberts isn't usually longer than 10-20 mins. I'd sooner go there, unless you have a Nexus card (of course).

The two places I'm aware of in Point Roberts are:

http://www.thelettercarrier.com/
http://www.tsbshipping.com/

I've used TSB Shipping, and am quite happy with their service.
I am trying out Package Express right now and will report back. Someone else tried them and had (mostly) a good experience.

I would like to hear more from people using The Letter Carrier. I hear they are not very responsive to emails or else I might have gone with them. Package Express works somewhat like Shop the States, where you hear by email the same day and can arrange shipment by email as well, so the procedure is pretty seamless.

TSB doesn't forward outside the USA so they are not what I'm looking for at least.
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Jul 10, 2006
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SubXO wrote:Does anyone have any info on Blaine Enterprises? (http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/show ... tcount=127) I'm thinking of using them but do they work the same way as the Point Roberts place? Do I just put my name and their address in the shipping address and just go there when the package arrives or do I have to let them know first?
I have used both letter carrier and Blaine Enterprise for a mailing address and picked up the parcels myself. (never used them for mail forwarding though). Basically the same procedure, the only difference I noticed is that the letter carrier will let you dump all your boxes and bubble wrap etc...where Blaine enterprises you have to take your packaging with you.
I prefer Blaine enterprise as I quite often have items delivered there when I travel and pick them up on my way home so I don't have to lug it around with me which you can't do if your item is sitting in Point Roberts.

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