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I must admit to knowing more about shipping bike parts than guitar stuff, but when ordering from the States insist that they send it by mail(USPS). if you use any of the couriers, they will likely charge you a brokerage fee for shepherding things through customs. Perhaps I have just been lucky thusfar, but Canada Customs has not yet knicked me for a single cent when recieving stuff through the mail.
 

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XIII said:
I must admit to knowing more about shipping bike parts than guitar stuff, but when ordering from the States insist that they send it by mail(USPS). if you use any of the couriers, they will likely charge you a brokerage fee for shepherding things through customs. Perhaps I have just been lucky thusfar, but Canada Customs has not yet knicked me for a single cent when recieving stuff through the mail.
That's probably because it was an individual and not a business that shipped your package.
 

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If you use UPS or Fedex to ship items to you from the USA, you can avoid paying the brokerage fees by calling UPS or Fedex and telling them that you will clear the paperwork with customs yourself. So when the package arrives at UPS or Fedex, they will prepare your paperwork, you'll have to go pick it up and drive to your local customs office. There, you will pay the GST and PST on the item. Once that is done, you can return to UPS or Fedex and show them that you paid the taxes on the package and then they will release it to you.
 

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Try to pack the item to withstand a 6 foot drop. Then you don't need or want insurance. I just received an amp kit from Chicago. One of the boxes was a week late due to shipping error. Both the boxes were dented in and I know one of them took a big drop. Bottom line is they were well packed and nothing was seriously damaged, (some thin mild steel bent 1/4 inch which I fixed in two minutes with pliers). :banana:
 
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