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jhatpro
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:53 pm    Post subject: Shipping to Canada Reply with quote

Advice?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi from Canada
USPS or FedEx work well if I am expecting a package from the U.S. We use a Postal Code instead of a Zip Code. For example mine is P7C 3L5. Packaging is the same as you would if sending within the U.S. Contrary to the stereotypes we have three other seasons exclusive of winter so no special provisions are needed. If you want to be a nice guy you could value the item at $100 so we don't get dinged so hard for import duty. 🤐
Was there some specific concern you had?
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Goby
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend USPS. 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the border, so it shouldn't be much more expensive than US shipping. With USPS delays and Canadian mail being notoriously slow, probably best to go for tracked and insured shipping. I've mailed and received items to and from Canada and never had an issue (besides long delays on letters).
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys. No special concerns. Just trying to get a better idea of what it would cost me as well as Canadian buyers for shipping mouthpieces and horns.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for USPS, which becomes Canada Post.

UPS/Fedex/DHL/etc. add their own 'brokerage fee', atop of classifying your package in the most hostile way possible for taxes/duties.

When they roast me on duty I can usually claim that back through a government office (bigger pain now--walk-in office closed; need to mail docs off down the coast in virus times).

The 'brokerage fee' is irretrievable.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had shipments go missing through Canada Post so I do not use them any longer. FedEx gets packages to me from GR in a day and I have never had an issue. Personally I would pay the little bit more and use FedEx.

Brian Scriver
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Shawnino
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B. Scriver wrote:
I have had shipments go missing through Canada Post so I do not use them any longer. FedEx gets packages to me from GR in a day and I have never had an issue. Personally I would pay the little bit more and use FedEx.

Brian Scriver
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I appreciate your concerns re: Canada Post.

I had a guy ship me an instrument I bought from BC. Package look like it'd be trampled in a Ben-Hur chariot race, but the hard case held and the horn was fine.
I can see that it might not work out in other cases.

OTOH, Wessex sent me a hopelessly sharp horn by DHL. Had to ship it back at my own expense (Wessex is a disgrace, another story for another day) but DHL stitched me up for their 'brokerage fee' and an absurd tax/duty rate. Been two months, no action from the government on refund of taxes. I think I'll get it eventually but I don't know.
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TonyR
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vote is for USPS; I've had horns, cases and mouthpieces shipped using their service in combination with Canada Post. I've also horns shipped in the other direction to Florida and California without a problem. FEDEX and UPS may be a little faster, but with brokerage fees, etc. are much more expensive - especially with the higher priced horns.
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OldSchoolEuph
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyR wrote:
My vote is for USPS; I've had horns, cases and mouthpieces shipped using their service in combination with Canada Post. I've also horns shipped in the other direction to Florida and California without a problem. FEDEX and UPS may be a little faster, but with brokerage fees, etc. are much more expensive - especially with the higher priced horns.


I recommend against using USPS period.

I had a horn stolen at the NJ sorting center by employees already on double or triple overtime holiday pay. I spent a lot of time with the postmaster from the sending office as he ran into a wall of resistance in USPS designed to protect the union and these thieves. (this package had internal as well as external shipping info) Did you know that the center where they send packages that have lost their shipping info functions primarily to sell those items at auction, not return them? Did you know that postmaster's contacts to that center are never returned? Did you know that when you find the phone number for the manager there, he gets really angry? In the end, even when they grudgingly agreed to check for an easily identifiable package and item, nothing close had come their way in weeks - no trumpets at all. It was stolen and USPS covered it up (a first year Emil Blessing).
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