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Old 07-03-07, 02:53 PM
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How do you avoid border fees when shipping from the U.S. to Canada?

I have a friend in the States who wants to ship something to me in Canada. I do NOT want to be attacked with a ridiculous border fee. How can we avoid that whole rigmarole?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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I've mailed several things to Canada and have been frequently asked by the Canadian buyers to mark the items on the customs form as a "Gift" with a value of less than $10. It may not be an honest thing to do, but apparently this avoids any outrageous customs fees.
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I've mailed several things to Canada and have been frequently asked by the Canadian buyers to mark the items on the customs form as a "Gift" with a value of less than $10. It may not be an honest thing to do, but apparently this avoids any outrageous customs fees.
I do the exact same thing, and appears to work the majority of the time.
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I remember being asked to keep it under $25 so I usually do.
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$10 and marked gift is the preference. And definately ship via mail.
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Merchandise is allowed in the country up to $20 Canadian, and gifts up to $60 Canadian before being hits with border fees, but it can be very arbitrary. I just got a cheque a couple of weeks ago because I fought some customs that I had to pay that I shouldn't have had to. If you do get hit, don't forget the extra $5 Canadian handling fee Canada Post adds in.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/E/pub/cp/.../rc4051-e.html

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