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Shipping to Canada?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by TimBosby, May 28, 2005.


  1. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I figured from FedEx's website, it would cost about $30 for me to ship my Eden head from Omaha, NE to Vancouver, BC. I was wondering if there are any additional taxes and duties that I need to worry about because it crosses a national border...? Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    It will cost the receiver $$$ for duties and import taxes.
     
  3. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    So the guy will have to pay $$$ when he picks up his package?

    P.S. Nice Fender Jazz
     
  4. C-5KO

    C-5KO

    Mar 9, 2005
    Toronto, Canada

    To help out your buyer, you'll need to fill out some forms with FedEx. Make sure you specify the country of origin. If it falls within NAFTA, then your buyer pays for sales tax (pst+gst) - no duty. There is also a brokerage fee that will be charge, somebody posted something about getting around it. has to do with the buyer contacting Canada Customs, and waiving the fee, then doing the paperwork themselves. saves about $50 for the buyer.
     
  5. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    I saved that post. See below.
    Originally Posted by James Buhler<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:oops:ffice:oops:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    How are you breaking down this total cost? Is Rondo charging $60 for shipping? If so, that is way too high, there must be some mistake. However, when calculating shipping costs from the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:oops:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">US</st1:place></st1:country-region>, don't forget to add duty and GST. Plus, UPS will try to charge you an insane $50 brokerage fee if you don't call them once the bass is shipped and tell them that you will broker the package yourself. Brokering involves nothing more than going to your local UPS location to get the paperwork and bringing the paperwork to your local <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region> customs office. They will fill out the rest of the paper work for you and charge you the duty ant GST on the spot. They then give you a release form that you bring back to UPS so that you can pick up the package.

    The UPS website shipping calculator shows the shipping costs to be 41.50 CAD or $33 USD. (Assuming your postal code is P1C 1G7) Kurt usually uses a flat $35 USD shipping cost to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region> so your total from Rondo would be $165.00 US plus $9.00 CAD for Duty and $10.50 in GST. Your total cost for the Bass would be about $228 CAD. (Or 180 <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">US</st1:place></st1:country-region>, the same as you have quoted, however this price is all inclusive, nothing else to pay.) I highly doubt that you will find any kind of fretless bass in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region> of the same quality for that price. Especially not from L&M. Remember that because you don't have a local retailer, you are still going to have to pay shipping charges to NB. To ship a bass anywhere within <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region> will cost $30 min. anyway. (Eg. Same package from <st1:City w:st="on">Winnipeg</st1:City> to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Regina</st1:place></st1:City> which is a 5 hour drive away is $30.37 for shipping) Just make sure that you don't let UPS broker the package for you. That is the killer cost. I got caught on this cost the first time I ordered from Rondo and learned how to avoid it pretty quick! [​IMG]
     
  6. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    So the guy I am sending it to in Canada has to contact his customs office otherwise he has to pay a brokerage fee?

    Well he can do that--I am just wondering if there is anything additional I need to do or anything additional I need to pay. I'll fill out the forms they give me at the FedEx place..no prob....
     
  7. C-5KO

    C-5KO

    Mar 9, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Yes. He'll have to pay the fee's and taxes. As a friendly gesture to your buyer though, you may want to let him know about the brokerage fee, and how to get around it if he so chooses.

    For me, when I receive something like a bass, I don't mind paying the fees. But, when I'm receiving something like a $75 P/J bass body, and shipping is only $20, and I have to pay $60 in brokerage, it's sort of helpful to know you have a choice to bypass it.
     
  8. The customs duties will rape you. I bought a $30 book from the US and it cost $20 in customs duties. Also some of my friends have been charged hundreds of dollars for guitars shipped over.

    NAFTA is a fraud.
     
  9. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Yeah, I've been "raped" by those fees when I got my Avatar B212 and AshdownMag300H from the U.S.
     

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