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Old 10-02-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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What do I need to know? How much extra does it cost?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
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It honestly isn't that much more expensive. You have to go to the po and fill out a customs form, which is basically biting the value of the contents, your address and the burrs address. You can't get dc unless you ship priority which is super expensive, but the customs number on your receipt acts as a dc#, so its really not necessary. You can type that customs number into the usps tracking site and it does exactly the same as dc. I shipped 5 pocket diapers and 10 inserts to Canada for about $10.50 last week if that gives you any idea.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #3
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It honestly isn't that much more expensive. You have to go to the po and fill out a customs form, which is basically biting the value of the contents, your address and the burrs address. You can't get dc unless you ship priority which is super expensive, but the customs number on your receipt acts as a dc#, so its really not necessary. You can type that customs number into the usps tracking site and it does exactly the same as dc. I shipped 5 pocket diapers and 10 inserts to Canada for about $10.50 last week if that gives you any idea.
The customs number doesn't count as tracking for pp seller protection purposes. So if the buyer files a claim, paypal doesn't accept a customs number as proof that it's been delivered. Just FYI.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:39 AM   #5
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Re: shipping to Canada

I know some of my American momma friends use an internet program that they pay I believe $9/month that allows them to fill out customs forms online and then USPS picks up their packages at their home with your regular mail if you schedule a pick up. For some it may not be worth it but I guess for them $9 beats having to lug their babies to the PO with them. I'm not sure if the actual shipping is cheaper or not, though it might be just like paypal so a little bit cheaper. Just tell the buyer that the tracking number only tracks up until customs and you aren't responsible for it after that (most Canadian mommies don't know that and that's where the problems often start, where the tracking says "Florida" for example for weeks when in reality the item is close to being delivered up in Canada). If they want full tracking to their door they can pay for that shipping. I'm a Canadian momma and for more expensive items I often pay the higher shipping just for the tracking, if it's not that expensive I just go with regular priority international and I've never *knock on wood* have a problem with receiving packages from the US. It just takes a while sometimes. I've had packages show up in 1 week and sometimes it takes a month. Sorta hit or miss.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:36 AM   #6
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I quizzed our pp lady while there getting estimates for shipping the other day.
For packages coming from the states Canada post can track them by the customs number once they enter Canada. You have to call in though it doesn't work to put the number in yourself.

One thing I didn't realize is that all our packages except letter mail include $100 insurance on them. Makes me a bit less nervous mailing things out without being able to get dc.
Not sure how it actually works but better than nothing.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:45 PM   #7
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I quizzed our pp lady while there getting estimates for shipping the other day.
For packages coming from the states Canada post can track them by the customs number once they enter Canada. You have to call in though it doesn't work to put the number in yourself.

One thing I didn't realize is that all our packages except letter mail include $100 insurance on them. Makes me a bit less nervous mailing things out without being able to get dc.
Not sure how it actually works but better than nothing.
I had a package get lost that I was shipping to the US. I called Canada Post after 4 to 6 weeks and they asked me for some information found on my receipt. They advised me that I would need to wait 75 days prior to an investigation being open. After the 75 days, I called back and they did a search for the package. I received a letter in the mail a week later and they told me that I would be receiving a cheque for the amount/declared value (filled out on the custom form) for the item. Less than a week later I received a cheque for the item that was lost from Canada Post.

I hope this helps. The 75 days is a really long wait though.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
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Re: shipping to Canada

When I ship to Canada, I ship first class international and insure the package -- it is much cheaper than upgrading the shipping to include some type of delivery confirmation.
The package usually costs an additional $1-2 to mail (compared to shipping in the US), and insurance is another $1-2. Sometimes I ask the mama to cover the additional cost (not to mention the time I spend at the PO and the gas money to get there), but most of the time I just eat the cost because I find Canadian mamas to be so nice!

Here is where I purchase insurance:
http://www.insurepost.com/Default.asp
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:44 AM   #9
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Re: shipping to Canada

so, my DH keeps telling me I need to pay tarriffs and taxes because I am exporting/selling goods into Canada... they're used dipes, for goodness sakes! how hard can this be?! how do I figure that out? I have looked at the USPS site, I have the customs forms, I'm usually pretty good at figuring things out... what do you guys do to keep transactions on the level and not get things stuck in customs?
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so, my DH keeps telling me I need to pay tarriffs and taxes because I am exporting/selling goods into Canada... they're used dipes, for goodness sakes! how hard can this be?! how do I figure that out? I have looked at the USPS site, I have the customs forms, I'm usually pretty good at figuring things out... what do you guys do to keep transactions on the level and not get things stuck in customs?
No no, the person on the receiving end pays any tarriffs/taxes/customs fees, not the exporter. If I order something larger from the US I get hit with them occasionally. It usually has to be 30+ dollars in value before it even gets looked at for that kind of thing.

Things do take a while to clear customs occasionally. I could be in the US in about 2 hours on the highway, but expect that things shipped to me will take 2-3 weeks on average, sometimes a week, sometimes 4-5 weeks. It's pretty random.
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