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Old February 12, 2013, 06:27 AM
igot6strings igot6strings is offline
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Location: St. John's, Newfoundland
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Duties/Taxes on imported goods via USPS is random. UPS and Fedex and the like pre-charge those fees. USPS leaves it up to Canadian Customs to do the job. They select packages at random and charge the fees. Theres no way to know if your package will be picked or not its just bad luck. Alot of the time when they do pick a package to charge they do not even bother to open it and inspect either. They just charge the duties and slap on an additional fee for having charged you the duty. I work for Canada Post and have worked at the retail counter in the past. The majority of packages with USPS never see any duties charged. Personally I always have my stuff sent by USPS if ordering from the US as its the best way to avoid paying any extra fees.
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