(Closed) Calling Canadian Bee's!!!…need your help!

posted 5 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I haven’t ever had customs charges through Canada Post, but I have when someone has sent something UPS, USPS, Fed-Ex or DHL.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

Yeah, brokerage fees suck. I think couriers might get things here faster, but I’ve never had issues with things coming over the border with Canada Post. USPS hasn’t bothered me much either.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

@Kelly_mac: I think you do if it’s over a certain value. That’s why some sellers put ‘gift’ in the description (I think! But I also think that’s illegal if I recall correctly). I buy a lot of stuff online, though, and I can only think of two times in recent history where I’ve had to pay duty/brokerage.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I always use the website thefinalcost.com when ordering from another country (which I do a lot!) and it is usually pretty accurate.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Kelly_mac:  I do a lot of online shopping and I have had to pay duties on some items delivered by Canada Post, usually higher value items but it’s a hit or miss.  Generally, I account for an extra 18% or so and calculate whether I think it’s worth it or not. Hope that helps! 

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