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Old 08-03-2013, 06:15 AM
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Hi Shamit:

I'd bet you a beer that there will be a receiving company that you can ship to just inside the US border, perhaps in Pembina. We have a UPS store in Michigan that I have shipped all my kits through. The fees are minimal, $4.00 on small packages and $25.00 on my larger kit crates. (Ask around, someone in Winnipeg will know)

Once your stuff has arrived, you can go over and pick it up yourself. You will just need the bill at the border to pay the HST on. Really a non event, 20 minutes and you'd be done.

All of my kits fit in the back of my half ton truck, the longer wing kit box will fit on a small boat trailer.


I'll collect the beer in Oshkosh someday, Terry.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:01 AM
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Hi Terry,

Way ahead of you, but I'll buy you that beer anyway . I had been talking to a friend who does a lot of cross-border shopping and he gets his stuff shipped to a company in Pembina and goes down periodically to pick up his stuff. He's now tempted with the notion that if I have my crates sent there, we can split the cost of a large uHaul and he can order things that won't fit in his family's mini-van. (I'm sure his wife won't be too pleased.)

By the way, I did get one brokerage quote for $104 if I were to ship directly to Winnipeg.

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:42 AM
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Hi Shamit:

One other point, when I was building my boat I had an experience that I think will happen again with the plane.

About 8 months after I registered my boat I got a nasty letter from the Ontario government asking me why I registered a boat with out paying the provincial sales tax. I had to call and explain that I had built the boat and had paid the PST on the materials as I bought them.

They wanted photo copies of all the receipts to prove it, I suspect the same will happen with my plane. So I have dutifully been keeping all my receipts.


Good luck, Terry.

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Old 08-04-2013, 07:09 AM
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Not sure why others think it is so expensive. I have brought 3 kits across now. About 160 bucks is all it cost on the last one. You have to remember you pay them the taxes to, but you have to pay that if you did it yourself to.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:07 AM
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Terry, I agree and I always keep invoices for anything I purchase as rule. But I also happened to look through the information package I got when I sent in my Letter of Intent and one of the items on the inspection checklist is if I've kept my invoices.

Troy, the concern is when we have someone else, such as the shipper, do the paperwork to bring the shipment over the border. For example, the $104 that I got as a quote would be in addition to the tax I would have to pay. Some brokerage firms may charge much more. If you paid $160 total including tax to a customs broker then that is pretty good.

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Old 10-11-2017, 03:49 AM
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Fees vary a lot depending on the service (basic or special shipment) and broker. As far as recommendations go, I'd say the W2C agency is a sure bet.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:31 AM
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I just got my quick build wings and fuselage. I used Near North customs brokers and was charged a flat fee of $150 for the whole shipment. It was simple and the service paid for itself because it didn't end up incurring extra fees in bond.

Contrast that to UPS which was used to ship my tunnel access panel from Airward. I was charged $20 for shipping by Airward and UPS demanded an extra $35 for brokerage on a $70 part.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:33 AM
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As Ron said, contact a local broker. Let him know that you will be getting a number of packages over the next year, or years.
I deal with buckland Customs brokers. Fees are not terrible
For example for an expensive panel the brokerage fees were around $100 Can.
Of course you have to pay the HST as well but that price is the same.
For that $100 I do not have to do ANY paperwork other then write a cheque.
This is stuff delivered directly to my door, I do not have to drive to the border which costs a lot of building time and gas.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES LET UPS DO THE BROKERAGE!!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:02 AM
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Quote:
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UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES LET UPS DO THE BROKERAGE!!!!!!
What Tom said...
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:40 PM
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Does anyone have experience in crossing the border with a kit loaded on his semi truck or trailer? Obviously with the proper documents fron Van's. Is it easy or hard or even not possible?
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