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Old 12-08-2008, 02:18 PM
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Anyone experienced with shipping/mailing to canada?

Folks,

A kind member here lent me a tool for my car and now I need to return it to him along with some other misc. seals and parts. (like a few o-rings).

I believe that I'm reading that I need a "comercial invoice" and a "certificate of origin".

What are all these things? Also, it's asking for a "commercial value". Is this the actual value or a "theoritical" value if this part was purchased. How do I classify these items in the description?

I don't want to "lie" about the contents and get them confiscated and I also don't want the recipient to have to pay taxes or duties on things he already owns.

Help please!

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Old 12-08-2008, 02:53 PM
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I'd just write on it 'returning borrowed tool'.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:25 PM
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As a Canadian, I receive packages from the US and I could give you some suggestions that make things easier for the recipient...

If you ship by UPS Ground or Fedex Ground (or any other service offered by any courier with a reasonable rate), the recipient will have to pay hefty brokerage fees as well as disbursement charges and other miscellaneous fees. Avoid this to keep the recipient happy! http://www.ups.com/content/ca/en/shipping/cost/zones/customs_clearance.html Only the costly air-based UPS/Fedex services have no brokerage fees (other duties/taxes still apply). Everyone I know hates UPS for the brokerage fees.

Unless you are in a hurry, if you ship by US postal service it would probably be a lot easier. They won't make you provide any forms, and the recipient won't have to pay brokerage fees (there used to be a $5 handling fee but I haven't been charged it in over 2 years so I think it may have been eliminated; I'm not sure.)

For items sent by mail, the recipient pays duty/tax based on the declared value of the item. Under $20 is tax free (or under $60 for gifts, but everyone marks everything as a gift so sometimes they don't believe you - include a happy birthday card/note if it's a gift ).

They may ask for commercial value, value for customs, insured value, etc. - the recipient will most likely pay duties/taxes based on the biggest number you write (i.e. you can't insure it for $500 and then say the value for customs is 9 cents).

And, as the previous poster said, mark in as many places as possible that the item is being returned. I'd suggest:

"ITEM ORIGINATED IN CANADA; IT WAS ON LOAN TEMPORARILY AND IS NOW BEING RETURNED. DO NOT CHARGE DUTIES/TAXES!"

If you are shipping with UPS/FedEx rather than by mail, here's a link to an online copy of a commercial invoice:
http://www.ups.com/content/ca/en/resources/prepare/documents/export/comm_invoice.html?WT.svl=SubNav

The information on the form is basically the same regardless of the carrier you use (so you could use this UPS template with another carrier without problems)

The NAFTA certificate of origin declares that the goods are made in a country covered by NAFTA (i.e. Canada, US, Mexico). If they weren't made there, you don't need it. If you have claimed that the goods were made in a NAFTA country and cannot supply a valid certificate of origin upon request, there is a $1000 fine. You'd have to get the certificate of origin from the maker of the goods. Having said that, I've received incorrectly-declared packages in the past (the shipper's fault, not mine) and I've never been asked to produce a certificate when importing.

Good luck!
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:16 PM
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I second that. Ship by US mail, not a courier. UPS is worst. They charge a customs brokerage fee payable by the recipient of about $45 regardless of the package value.
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:25 PM
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I thought NAFTA made it EASIER to trade between our countries. This doesn't sound very easy to me!
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:35 PM
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I third that. POST OFFICE!!

Any other way is CRAZY.

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