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how much do u think shipping a downhill bike to canada will be?
from the buyer
"i have to factor in duty charges for shipping across the border. they can be
quick and sweet
Here are my experiances when shipping to canada. First off unless i really really have to ship there. I would not ship over there. There are to many factors and risks that can go in to play.
Unless you abosutely trust and or know the person you are shipping it to you can do a couple of things. If you are not sure and it's some random buyer then you can take the same steps, but it could be risky.
Yes you could ship USPS, but it's a pain in the ass to get tracking, insurance and everything else to come together if you need to get an investigation done. Since it's not in the US they seem to take a bit longer to get the wheels turning. BASED ON MY EXPERIANCE
UPS well they just plain suck all together for shipping and recieveing, and especially when sending to canada. STAY away from these people if you are planning to ship to canada even if it's 50 dollars cheaper. Also based on my experaince.
Fedex is what I would recommend. For me it has been easy and hassle free so far. if you want to send it as cheap as possible then get a Fedex account you will save up to 60%, this no bullsh!t. You can save a lot by filling in the stuff from home then printing out the infomation and droping it off at kinko's. I learned this when I shipped a frame to Canada, which is what you are trying to do. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY you can track it and see the signature of who signed it. You can't really do that with USPS and UPS well they just suck.
Now as for the fee's:
like I mentioned if you really trust this person or know who you are sending it to then do these steps. If not then it's up to you.
when you are sending the bike, frame, or whatever.. Claim it as a GIFT.,BUT you also have to put the declaration value as low as possible. If it's for you friend then say it's worth 10 dollars. That catch here is that you cannot insure it for anymore than that.
It's kind of hard to declare that it's worth 10 dollars, but want to insure it for a 1000 dollars. Then this will rais the flag and questions will start flying around. JUST CAN'T DO IT.
Now the reason I say if you don't know who it's going to and they say it arrived damaged or they say that someone must have stollen it becuase it was left on my door step, then if you claim insurance. Well you might just only get 10 dollars.
Now the lower the value will determing how low the fees are for customs and things like that.
What you need to do is have the person call around over there and get an idea of what the rate is and base the fees off of that.
When I sold a manitou shock pump to canada the fee's ended up being more than the pump was worth, becuase I declared the original value of 40 dollars. the worst part about it it would cost about as much as a new pump just to send it back. So basically the buyer did not want to pay the fee's and I did not want to pay the shipping back. So we just HAD to consider it a dead package and no body got anything. Well I guess UPS got to keep. Who knows.....
Again for the most part I will won't send to canada anymore for that reason it to much trouble. At the same time if someone really wants you to send the frame then make sure they are willing to pay any and all fee's for what you frame is worth. Let them know up front that they could be paying anywhere from 100 to 200 dollars just in fee's.
If not then just keep trying to sell here in the US.
Kind of long but I hope this helps.