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« on: April 20, 2006 05:40:26 PM »

I live in the US (central Texas) and one of my latest swap partner is in Canada.  What is the best (fastest, least expensive and most reliable) way to send something from here to there?

I'm listing toward global priority mail from the US post office.  I just want to know is this the best way for my partner to get her stuff both in a timely manner and not cost either of us an arm and a leg (I keep reading about nightmares in customs...)

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006 07:17:42 PM »

I've sent from the US (Boston) to Canada (Ontario, British Columbia).  One time I used Global Priority, but it was $13 to send 4 magazines, and it still took two weeks.  The other times I used air mail, which took about 2 weeks most of the time, but one time it took over 3 weeks.  One time I got lucky and it made it there in a week and a half.  However, these were far less expensive (about $3 each for a couple light padded envelopes, $10.50 for sending a whole sweater in a box).  So it's really luck, I think.  If you look at posts by Canadian craftsters, they say that the Canadian Post can be really unpredictable.  I think this is true for US people sending to them too.  I would weigh your package and then figure out what the relative cost of Global Priority is relative to air mail.  If the difference is more than $5, I say go with air mail.  There isn't a guarantee that it's going to get there faster anyway. 

The real trick is properly filling out the customs slip.  I think that doing that correctly really speeds up the process.  Always check "gift."  Also, I believe that Canadian people are charged tax if the value is over 20-30 Canadian dollars, so I usually estimate the value at 10-15 USD.  That doesn't look suspiciously low, I think, but not suspiciously high either.  Make sure everything is clearly filled out in the proper column (use the non-commercial column, not the commercial one). 
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006 07:20:23 PM »

crap. I didn't know about the tax. I checked gift though. I jsut sent from SA to canada, I am not sure if he's gotten it yet though. You can't get a tracking number if it's out of country.  Cry
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2006 07:29:38 PM »

fortunately for me what I'm sending will fit in the smaller size flat rate envelope.  The USPS webpage made my head hurt for forms, BUT the local guys behind the counter are really nice.  So when everything is ready to go I'll just take the goodie out of the box so to speak and pack it there.  The other good thing is the value is around $10 and even with fruity exchange rates that shouldn't cause a customs nightmare.

I read through the posts on Canada Post, that's why I was asking... I'm spoiled in that all my other "out of country" mail is to Military installations, and that's just like in country mail, only slower.

Thanks for the help.

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2006 07:36:08 PM »

Hello, I live in Canada. I was told by customs that everything has a value, even in a 'swap', the lady was very nice to me and did tell me that anything under $20 Canadian (about $15-$18 US) they don't bother with. So keep your value low. She also told me that "hand-crafted' raises more eyebrows than"home-made" I've gotten many pkgs from the states (by regular mail) and they have all arrived within 10 days. Only once I had to pay duty because it was sent by air and had no 'form' on it at all so they decided the value. Be sure to check that 'gift' box. Good luck, d Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2006 05:13:59 PM »

I just sent something from Illinois to Canada early last week. I sent it in a Global Priority Flat Rate envelope, filled out the little customs thingy to indicate 'gift' and I didn't indicate any value on the package, I just listed the contents and 'fabric/material'. I think it only cost about $7 to send it and my partner received in less than a week, no customs problems at all (thank goodness). The man at the post office told me that he never worries about people filling out the value portion of the form unless it's something extreme or they want insurance on it too.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2006 12:33:31 PM »

Another alternative to stating the cost of the package is to put "NCV" or No Commercial Value. That way you are guaranteed to not get taxed (maybe I shouldn't guarantee it given the Canadian govt.'s propensity for grabbing what they can).

So far NCV has worked well for me sending to and from Canada.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2006 02:25:18 PM »

What forms do you use for just mnailing fabric in an envelope? do you need to know the person's telephone number?
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2006 02:53:18 PM »

I just needed a customs form and a name and address.

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2006 02:55:25 PM »

Cause on the forms i was trying t0 fill out, the recievers telp\ephone number was required Huh
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