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Shipping from US to Canada - Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by cjcocn, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. cjcocn

    cjcocn Member
    Messages: 78

    I purchased an 8' Curtis from a member here (nascar 24) and am arranging the shipping.

    I have a shipping company ready to ship the plow, but just learned yesterday that there was a potential hold-up. After spending some time yesterday gathering information, I learned that my DIY approach wouldn't quite work as I would then have to attend the holding warehouse and provide the clearance documents to customs (I am about 7 1/2 hours from the border).

    Have any of the members here arranged to ship a plow from the US to Canada? What is the quickest and least painful method?

    I am waiting for a quote from a Customs Broker (most that I contacted were not interested in working with me since I am not a business and this is a one-time deal), and unless the cost is prohibitive I will go that route. However, if anyone knows of a better way, please post up.

  2. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Whatever you do, don't use a courier company as your Customs Agent!!!

    They charge exhorbitant prices for "brokerage" fees, often 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of the item. Granted, this is a little different as they won't be handling the shipping, but I avoid them like the plague if ordering items from the U.S. In fact, I won't deal with any American company that won't send USPS. The reason being is that USPS/Canada Post only charges $5 for brokerage fees.