Shipping US to Canada

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    stevehuckss396

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    Is there a cheaper way to ship something from the us to canada. From what I can find on the web border fees are going to be $63can and the post office wants $27usd. Does that sound right to send a 6 by 9 inch envelope about 3/4 inch thick? It will weigh less than a pound. Am i missing something or is that what it costs?

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    No, that sounds wanky Steve. I did it in reverse, Canada to USA, normal Canada Post (which usually costs more). Small packet is 11.75 tracked is 18.39. Those are Kanuck bucks so divide by 1.3 = USD.
    US Airmail should be comparable if not cheaper. If you are using a courier like UPS, Fedex... maybe if they are bundling customs in there where shipping might be 20 & dinger fees 40. But even so sounds way high. Canadians prefer US Post only because max customs processing is 5$. Most of the time on smallish things it comes to the mailbox direct & that's the end of it. With the couriers, they typically charge customs processing fees. So even if the actual duty is zero, they charge 40 just to determine that :/

    I did this example from Seattle WA to Alberta (coincidentally where I live) but it doesn't go up hugely by State. Hope this helps.
     

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    You could always drive across the border, find a Canadian post office, and mail from there.

    In any event something does sound odd with the pricing you have.
     
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    Steve those prices are way off and are just a way for USPS to make extra money mind you Canada Post tries the same thing. I get stuff shipped to me from all over the U.S. and Asia and first class is the best way to ship or mail things.
    All the information below is from https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/Notice123.htm#_c341.

    First-Class Mail International
    Retail Large Envelopes (Flats)
    Weight Not Over (oz.)
    Price Groups 1 Canada 2 Mexico 3–5 6–9
    1 $2.29 $2.29 $2.29 $2.29
    2 2.50 2.97 3.23 3.18
    3 2.71 3.64 4.16 4.06
    4 2.91 4.32 5.10 4.94
    5 3.12 5.00 6.04 5.83
    6 3.33 5.67 6.97 6.71
    7 3.54 6.35 7.91 7.60
    8 3.75 7.03 8.85 8.48
    12 4.79 8.48 10.72 10.31
    15.994 5.83 9.94 12.60 12.13​
    Pieces that are rigid, nonrectangular, or not uniformly thick pay package prices

    First-Class Package International Service
    Weight Not Over (oz.)
    Price Groups
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    1–8 $10.50 $12.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.25 $14.50 $13.75 $13.50 $14.50
    9–32 17.25 21.50 23.50 24.00 24.00 24.50 23.25 22.75 24.50
    33–48 26.25 33.00 35.00 36.75 37.50 38.75 37.00 34.75 38.50
    49–64 39.00 47.50 52.75 59.50 61.00 63.00 59.50 55.25 62.50

    Listing of countries by price group
    For First-Class Mail International retail postcard, letter, large envelope, and First-Class Package International Service dimensions, follow this link.


    Large Envelopes (Flats)
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    minimum* maximum
    length 11-1/2 inches 15 inches
    height 6-1/8 inches 12 inches
    thickness 1/4 inch 3/4 inch
    * Flats exceed at least one of these dimensions.

    Pieces that are rigid, nonrectangular, or not uniformly thick pay parcel prices.

    The worst possible way to ship to Canada is by UPS, they show up at your door with your package and want $65.00 Canadian for brokerage fees + duty + taxes. FedEx is @$35.00 + duty + taxes but they sometimes call and ask what you want to do. Purolator is just duty + taxes but Canada Post knows that packages of certain materials or under $20 have no duty or taxes. So just ship everything by first class mail with an invoice in a zip lock baggie taped to the back of the envelope. You also might want to read all b.s. https://pe.usps.com/text/Imm/ce_003.htm#ep2041503

    Ray
     
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