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napthyme03 Jun 2014 12:51 p.m. PST

Does anyone know if USPS Express mail is delivered by the Canadian post office or FedX?

If its sent FedX overnight do you need to prepay for customs fees and other stuff or is that passed on to the buyer?

altfritz03 Jun 2014 1:21 p.m. PST

Prepay customs? Where does that happen?

wrgmr103 Jun 2014 1:35 p.m. PST

In both cases the buyer pays customs. I get shipments from the U.S. all the time Via USPS. If it's under $75.00 USD to $100.00 USD then usually no customs. If you send it FedEX any amount plus handling charges will apply.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jun 2014 2:03 p.m. PST

I use USPS International First Class mail or Priority Mail, depending on the weight of the package, for shipments from the USA to Canada. All I have to do is fill out a customs form, pay the postage, and off it goes. Duties, if any, are assessed to the receiving party in Canada. Probably my average postage cost to Canada is around $10. USD

napthyme03 Jun 2014 2:35 p.m. PST

I ask because he wants is fast and via FedX.

I tried to send a box via UPS to Mexico once and they wanted me to poney up 300% of the value plus shipping. It was going to make the shipping $400 USD on a $100 USD item

Midgetmanifesto03 Jun 2014 5:40 p.m. PST

USPS is my preferred way to receive items from the US. I find the border delay can be brutal though (I ask for cheap shipping however).

I've been jammed by UPS for 'brokerage fees' which are some ridiculous charge for filling out paperwork. You still pay customs AND a lump sum to the courier. I'm happy to bash that company and avoid it as best I can.

I've read on forums that Fedex will sometimes break out the same stupid fee. I haven't personally experienced it though.

wrgmr103 Jun 2014 6:02 p.m. PST

Midgetmanifesto is correct, UPS really sticks it to you.
Brokerage fees, handling fees, customs charges plus GST and PST plus ASC. What I call Ass**le surcharge…..

Vosper03 Jun 2014 9:39 p.m. PST

I would never order, or accept, anything coming north if shipping was UPS only. Biggest bunch of thieves around.

As for the USPS Express question, I have received stuff that was Express, and if memory serves, I recall it was brought by the mail delivery, not FedEx.

Personal logo Lentulus Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2014 8:01 a.m. PST

USPS is delivered by Canada Post.

Unless your shipper says different, of course, customs (including Canadian sales tax) is always payed by the recipient. For express shipment they border broker and then bill; for Canada Post you pay Canada Customs when you pick up the package at the postal retail outlet that serves your address. With fees in both cases, although Canada Post's are a bit lower.

Personal logo Lentulus Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2014 8:03 a.m. PST

Oh, and under about $20 USD there are no duties, taxes or fees charged. Canada Customs website has the gory details.

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