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Old 12-21-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

How much of a pain is it to cross the border and ship parts US to US, to save the person some cash?

I assume ill have to go into US customs to declare said item and so on?

fill out some forms?

is it a pain?

It's a bumper cover so it's a giant piece of fiberglass with paint on it :P

any help appreciated.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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I think you might have to pay tax/duty on it because you are the one that is importing it into the US?
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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Edit: Thought it was US > Canada. Nvm
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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all depends on the mood of the border guard and what will You tell him.
some just will let you in free
and some might consider You're doing something commercial even if You ship
a single piece of chewing gum You sold on ebay and will send You to the office to pay couple of bux.
one thing for sure - You got to tell the guard You're going in to do some shipping as well as shopping =o)
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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They're going to ask why you are selling parts you only bought a week ago.



Boom! Twice in 2 days
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:08 PM   #6
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Yea, it all depends on the officer. I once brought a spoiler over and the officer just let me through. Didn't make the sale that time though.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:35 PM   #7
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They're going to ask why you are selling parts you only bought a week ago.



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Old 12-21-2012, 06:22 PM   #8
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:52 AM   #9
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You are supposed to go through the commercial lane and they will instruct you to go inside. Once in the office you will be required to fill out 1 of 2 forms. 1 form is for items over $200 and under $2000 and the other is items under $200 and over $2000. They will then determine if there is any tax/duty you will need to pay and if you can provide proper info that the item originated from USA (IE you bought the item from an American business prior and you have receipts for it including CBSA Tax/Duty forms) you will fill out a different form to bypass any US tax/duty. Then you are supposed to pay a "Truck Fee" of $10USD for using USA roads to ship your item.

That's the proper way and the way I had to do it numerous times at the border. However if you don't use the commercial lane and use any other lane, you can plead ignorance on that part, but most likely they'll still send you inside regardless.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:58 AM   #10
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I drove down to meet someone at Bellis fair to sell some rims, I told them how much they were worth, under $400 and they were used but mentioned it wasn't a sure thing if they were going to buy or not he just said good luck on the sale and let me through.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #11
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Ya I've gone through like dasnowman described and had no problem. One time to sell something and a couple times to ship stuff. Just tell the truth and keep your explanation short. Like one quick sentence or phrase for each question. Long explanations confuse them and lead them to think you're lying. They want to determine if you are trying operate a business in the States, which your not.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:08 PM   #12
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You are supposed to go through the commercial lane .
no You're not if You're bringing something for Your personal use
but if this is for You business and You have a ****load of parts for a customer's car
then it's a different story
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:16 PM   #13
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You are supposed to go through the commercial lane and they will instruct you to go inside. Once in the office you will be required to fill out 1 of 2 forms. 1 form is for items over $200 and under $2000 and the other is items under $200 and over $2000. They will then determine if there is any tax/duty you will need to pay and if you can provide proper info that the item originated from USA (IE you bought the item from an American business prior and you have receipts for it including CBSA Tax/Duty forms) you will fill out a different form to bypass any US tax/duty. Then you are supposed to pay a "Truck Fee" of $10USD for using USA roads to ship your item.

That's the proper way and the way I had to do it numerous times at the border. However if you don't use the commercial lane and use any other lane, you can plead ignorance on that part, but most likely they'll still send you inside regardless.
I shipped from Point Roberts and I had to pay a $10 commercial shipping fee. On the way back they asked me if I paid the $10 going into the States. That's my experience. Sold about $500 worth of stuff.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:20 AM   #14
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no You're not if You're bringing something for Your personal use
but if this is for You business and You have a ****load of parts for a customer's car
then it's a different story
First time I went down to ship a sold ebay item, I used the normal lane and was instructed by US custom officer that I'm supposed to use the commercial lane. I've asked several times with different officers and they all produced the same answer.


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I shipped from Point Roberts and I had to pay a $10 commercial shipping fee. On the way back they asked me if I paid the $10 going into the States. That's my experience. Sold about $500 worth of stuff.

I only use Pt Roberts cause it's the closest fro me and I wonder if only that crossing enforces these rules?
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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no You're not if You're bringing something for Your personal use

but if this is for You business and You have a ****load of parts for a customer's car

then it's a different story
if you are selling parts. then you are a business in their eyes, and then you must use the commercial lane. it costs 10.75$ per trip for each "truck load".

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First time I went down to ship a sold ebay item, I used the normal lane and was instructed by US custom officer that I'm supposed to use the commercial lane. I've asked several times with different officers and they all produced the same answer.

I only use Pt Roberts cause it's the closest fro me and I wonder if only that crossing enforces these rules?
When i parted out my car, i made at least a half dozen trips.

I also suggest pre-filling out the forms, makes the US customs guys less ornery.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:26 AM   #16
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I gave up on crossing to pick up, not work the hassle anymore. I pay extra to ship to my door; saves the headache in my case.
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