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  1. HI Venun, Its not the shipping that is the shell shock...probably because I have backed all 5 Bones so far...and will probably keep backing them. Its the extra special fees since they are toys in bags and not simply labelled as gifts (ha ha, Reaper or any above-board business would never do that). Its the $30 brokerage fees that should be avoidable by more than those that live in major cities, online Customs? Not sure if there is a better option to avoid some of these fees, maybe it all to local business/hobby shops that do a lot of x-border work. I did the math for my situation and to drive 2 hours round trip to the maze called the Calgary Airport to save $30 is not high enough. its hurts and if anyone knows of a better Canadian solution, I'd be interested. Hi Cycnet, Reaper did do something about this for the first Bones but from the comments and what they shared it financially hurt them a lot. I don't know the details, but I am guessing that is why Reaper is keeping it simple on these Kickstarters. To minimize the fees, the shipments would have to all go to a single Canadian distribution point and then shipped out from there. No local hobby shop has that capacity. It would have to be a shipping company since I would have a hard time trusting random backers to do the shipping in Canada. I welcome any solutions people know of.
  2. Yeah, its brutal. The business version of this is more brutal. Found this to help figure out self clearing. Looks like for my $300 in toys, the estimate would be about $18.45 GST (Alberta) + service tax %5.05 + bond fee $7.38 = about $30.88 and then any brokerage fees are on top of that...so +$30 (UPS) = double = ouch. I think I am going to check out self clearing the package. Found some sources to self clear (package needs to have attempted delivery once) = https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/services/arl-glcc-eng.html For me that is an hour drive into calgary, pay, and a hour home. Might pay the $30...ouch 😞 The procedure To self-clear - refuse delivery and advise the courier that you will pay duties and/or taxes directly to CBSA. IF they try when you are at home, ask them for the slip for pickup. That will have the tracking information. - write down the unique shipment identification/tracking number. The shipment will be returned to the courier’s warehouse for a limited period of time - visit a local CBSA office that offers accounting services to the public. - You will need the shipment identification/tracking number, the commercial invoice (receipt), and personal identification when you visit the CBSA. Probably have the Repear pleage with subtotal, shipping and taxes and the repear order number. Also have the bank statement (just in case). - You will be given an official receipt indicating that you have paid duties and/or taxes paid to the CBSA. - A copy of this receipt must be presented to the courier, either in person or by fax, at which time receipt or delivery of the shipment may be arranged.
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