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    Does anyone know anything about an outfit called Parcel2go, (http://www.parcel2go.com/)? My daughter is trying to buy something from a private seller in Canada and the seller suggested using Parcel2go to handle the transaction. What do get form these guys that you would need and/or wouldn't get using the postal services or UPS, FedEx,...etc?
    Thanks
    Joe

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    well I don't know about canada->us but us->canada you get $30+ duty bills for items under $20, and it only goes up from there, when using UPS...
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    • #3
      It looks like they use a 3rd party carrier, not themselves?
      If it is not that high a priced item, you may want to use CanPost/USPS.
      For Canada to US shipments the allowance before any duties is much higher than coming the other way into Canada.
      Canada has a limit of $20 before any duties are due, and with the US it is $200.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Black_Moons
        well I don't know about canada->us but us->canada you get $30+ duty bills for items under $20, and it only goes up from there, when using UPS...
        No, you get a $30 customs clearance charges and sales tax....not duty...our maching stuff is duty free. Most of the $30 is the stuff UPS layers for clearing a zero duty item

        that site looks more like its UK based? I would just mail it...unless its very valuable then it might be worth the higher insurance of a Fedex et al....I think the Canada Post insurance tops out at $200
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        • #5
          Use Canada Post. The have all the same services as the Couriers usually at lower cost . You can have it sent Parcel Post, International Express mail, or Expedited International Express mail depending on how quickly you want it.
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          • #6
            I assume that if the Canadian seller is suggesting a parcel service, the package is over the Canadian Post weight limit.

            All the majors (UPS, FedEx, DHL) charge about the same rate for customs brokerage. I would imagine a Mom & Pop carrier would charge as much, or more...
            If you're not aware: the carrier tacks the customs brokerage on as a COD charge. Ebay sellers on both sides of the border will often feign ignorance and just ship by a common carrier, knowing you'll be the one paying the brokerage fee.
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            • #7
              Canada Post has the same restrictions as the couriers. The maximum weight is 30 kilos or 66 lbs with a maximum length+width of 3 metres or 9.8 feet.
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              • #8
                Thanks for all your help

                Thanks, guys
                I think that my daughter is not going to do the deal now. She was under the impression that Parcel2go would act as a broker to handle the money and product to be sure that both parties got what they expected. I don't think that is the case.
                Thanks again
                Joe
                P.S. I'll try to remember the "OT' designation next time.

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