Originally Posted by 2003 GMC Denali
kaptain... I think the term is called "Expedited".
I've had expedited service and not paid a dime upon delivery... but noticed later on my VISA Bill, the grand total of the Items, Shipping and Taxes/Fees.
Hmmm... "Expedited" is a Canadian Canada Post product, typically used by Canadian businesses. I just had a quick peak at what's going on with CPC Border Free and it looks like it's not doing well, only one company is shown as using it. I'm not really surprised either, seems to me I checked it out once before and the service charges were a bit excessive.
The UPS version of the same service was quite well done when I was involved with testing it. Still a bit high on the service fees but to explain how it worked, it essentially sets the US company up as a "NON RESIDENT" importer to Canada. This way, a company like AUTOGEEK could become a non-resident importer and any items they ship to Canada via the UPS service would be taxed/dutied at AUTOGEEKS net cost of said product. Once the items are located in Canada, they can be shipped to where ever without any additional taxes/fees and so the package would arrive, via UPS without any brokerage fees, taxes due or anything else.
I read that Fedex is also in the process of setting up something similar but I have no detailed information.
One last thing.... I've ordered from US based businesses in the past where items were rather pricey and I wanted them NOW. If the company you are dealing with only ships via UPS rather than the Post Office aka USPS, it's beneficial for you to ask them to ship "NEXT DAY AIR" with UPS. The reason being that UPS will wave any brokerage charges and ONLY charge you the GST and any duties owing. In the end it works out to about the same but at least you get the NEXT DAY service for your money and that's what I do when ordering high cost items.... which in my case would have been things like camera lenses, studio flash equipment, costly flash light meters etc. I'm assuming it's still the same today, I've not done it in a few years though so please check with UPS before pulling the trigger on some high dollar purchase.
These days, l prefer to have stuff shipped to a parcel handling service, just on the US side of the border, and it takes me a 2hr round trip to pick it up. It's faster, cheaper and I only pay what's owing to Canada Customs without any handling fees or anything else. Many times a US company will have "free shipping" to the lower 48 states and that often pays for my time and gasoline.