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Old 02-26-2002, 09:40 PM   #1
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Angry avoiding brokerage fees?

just got my slats in the mail today from UPS, aside from the us fee that i paid when i purchased it, i was dinged with another 78 bucks canadian in brokerage fees? is there anyway of gettin by this? this is BS! i wasn't aware of any brokerage charge when i got them.what the heck? they just come to the door and ask for 80 beans?

they can stick the brokerage in their bum bum ...in their bum bum!....too much tom green for mee!

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Old 02-26-2002, 09:49 PM   #2
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dont ship UPS. thats the easiest way


Normal postal mail only charges $5. Couriers like fedex dont charge anything......
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Old 02-26-2002, 11:19 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, some items are too big to ship using normal postal mail. For example, a sway bar is too big, but springs are ok. Try to avoid UPS whenever possible, always check if there's an option to get it delivered USPS. My friend ordered an intake for his Integra and he got it shipped USPS and all he had to do was pick it up at the post office and pay around $5.00. I had to pay almost $50.00 brokerage fees for freakin STI pedals! The box was sooooo small!

I try to get my parts from Canadian dealers because with the exchange rate, taxes, brokerage fees, and taxes on the brokerage fees, it's just not worth it to order parts from the states.
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Old 02-27-2002, 08:31 AM   #4
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Default Re: avoiding brokerage fees?

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Originally posted by MixeD_MenacE
just got my slats in the mail today from UPS, aside from the us fee that i paid when i purchased it, i was dinged with another 78 bucks canadian in brokerage fees? is there anyway of gettin by this? this is BS! i wasn't aware of any brokerage charge when i got them.what the heck? they just come to the door and ask for 80 beans?

they can stick the brokerage in their bum bum ...in their bum bum!....too much tom green for mee!

UPS bites! :monkey:

Wherever possible, get them to mail it USPS as others have said.
It doesn't take much longer and $5 flat fee. Wasn't there a thread
where people from Winnipeg were having stuff delivered to a
place just across the border?

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Old 02-27-2002, 08:33 AM   #5
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I definitely try to order from Canada, but sometimes that is difficult. If I have to order from the US, I NEVER use UPS. If that is the companies only shipping option I'll email them and ask if they can ship FedEx or USPS. UPS has the worst brokerage fees of all them.

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Old 02-27-2002, 09:56 AM   #6
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SubaruStu:

Here's that thread about getting stuff delivered across the border:

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...ghlight=border

To make it easier, here's the actual post:

Quote:
Originally posted by Rickd
I have extensive experience bringing motorcycle parts in from the US and I can't even begin to express how much I hate UPS. If a US vendor insists on using UPS there are a couple of options.

1. Tell the vendor to inform UPS that you will be handling the brockerage yourself. It is really easy. UPS will notify you that your goods are in their local depot, you go to the depot and they will give you the shipping documents. You take the documents to your local Canads Customs office, show them the paperwork, pay the GST/PST/Duty, they stamp the paperwork and give it back to you. You go back to the UPS depot, show them the stamped paperwork, and they issue you the goods. It is just a pain in the **s driving around the city doing it. Plus, UPS and Canada Customs are only open from like 8am - 4pm so you generally have to take time off form work to do it.
(P.S., I had a friend who brought in lots of parts this way, from time to time UPS would screw up and show up at his door with the parts by mistake. A couple of times they handed him the parts first and then asked for the money. He showed them right on the paperwork where it said the customer was doing the brockerage, thanked them, and just closed the door in their face! Parts for free)

2. For the guys in Winnipeg, I have the phone number and mailing address of a parcel service in Neche North Dakota. It is about 2 miles into ND, straight south of Altona. You can have parcels UPS'd to this address and he will hold them for you until you come and pick them up. He is an authorized UPS agent, and he charges a nominal fee of $1.00 - $2.00 US for each parcel. You can then drive down and pick the parcel up, and just pay the GST/PST at the border. The border agents on both sides know this guy, so it's no problem coming or going, you just tell them you are going to pick up a parcel from ****** Parcel Service. Again, you pretty much have to do this on a week day, but if you are bringing in a bunch of stuff at the same time you can really save a bundle on shipping.

If any of the Winnipeg guys want the name of the parcel service, PM me or rdenoon@3web.net

Wow, sorry for the long post.
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Old 02-27-2002, 01:37 PM   #7
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Wow Cajual , you are good! I was going to try and look for that old post, but I wouldn't have know how to link it if I had found it.

Good work!
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Old 02-27-2002, 03:55 PM   #8
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Just letting you guys know, when I have my morettes shiped over via FedEx, they contracted out the brokerage so I still ended up paying brokerage (which is amount the same amount as taxes and duties). I was not exactly happy.
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Old 02-27-2002, 04:11 PM   #9
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Default Who wants to try this?

Ask whoever you're purchasing your stuff from to write "SELF BROKERAGE" all over the package before they ship it out. Also call UPS or whoever and let them know that you will be doing the brokering yourself - all that means is you go to UPS or whomever is shipping the package, pick up the paperwork, go to Customs Canada, fill out the paperwork and pay your taxes. They brokerage clearing house does this for you, but also charges you a hefty service fee for doing this.

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Old 02-27-2002, 05:25 PM   #10
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thanx for the advice guys =) i'm tryin to avoid ups in general now..i like the idea of self brokerage. whew, seems like i ain't the only one in this boat..hehe i'll try and deal with canadian places from now on..thanx again guys
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Old 02-28-2002, 12:00 PM   #11
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Is this rate chart incorrect then?

CAD$50 for STi pedals?


http://www.ups.com/canada/using/soft...oms_rates.html
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Old 02-28-2002, 02:45 PM   #12
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I have a brokerage account in Pembina ND, when I got my kumho's I had them shipped there and took them through customs myself, saved a bundel.
They charge $5usd per package.

For smaller item I cant be bothered to drive down there so I just pay the crappy UPS fee.
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Old 02-28-2002, 08:15 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by STI RDY
Is this rate chart incorrect then?

CAD$50 for STi pedals?


http://www.ups.com/canada/using/soft...oms_rates.html
I got the pedals on sale for $75.00 US from Cobb Tuning in Texas (they still have a few sets on sale if anybody is interested ). So the fee was based on a price of $117.25 CDN - I guess the custom clearance rate used to be $24.50, it looks like they raised it by $1.00.

It wasn't all brokerage fees, lotsa tax stuff... here's a breakdown of my UPS invoice:

Brokerage GST: $2.10
Customs GST: $8.21
Ontario PST: $9.38
COD GST: $0.28
Entry Prep fee: $24.50
Disbursement fee: $5.50
COD Surcharge: $4.00

TOTAL INVOICE: $53.97

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