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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-30-2018, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Let's talk shipping to Canada?

I know just enough about shipping from US to canada to be dangerous!!
So you folks who live near and might know more, how about some discussion? I often read about the expense of getting things shipped into Canada but what does it involve for an individual to ship to them?
I read about a user needing a heater and I also have some temperature controllers which make my head ache as they read in Centigrade!
So is shipping really that bad or just a bit?
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"The Celsius scale, previously known as the centigrade scale, is a temperature scale used by the International System of Units. As an SI derived unit, it is used by all countries in the world, except the U.S"

Celsius (centigrade) causing the headache? Sounds like you've got it backwards...


Sorry I can't help much with the actual topic though, I've never shipped anything from 'Murica, and I think that's what you have questions about.

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"The Celsius scale, previously known as the centigrade scale, is a temperature scale used by the International System of Units. As an SI derived unit, it is used by all countries in the world, except the U.S"

Celsius (centigrade) causing the headache? Sounds like you've got it backwards...


Sorry I can't help much with the actual topic though, I've never shipped anything from 'Murica, and I think that's what you have questions about.
Fully agree that it is the US which is out of step but then it is still true that it makes my head hurt!
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Importation of Pet Aquatic Animals - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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I haven't bought critters from Canada but I have bought garden plants twice. Even though all the paper work was in order and the plants actually came from a Canadian government project the plants were confiscated once to die sitting in US APHIS hub. 50/50 isn't good odds.
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I feel like shipping hardware to Canada shouldn't be to hard or expensive. You will have to fill out the customs paperwork to declare what is in it and if I remember right they wont charge custom fees under a specific dollar amount. I think this might be $20.

https://support.shippingeasy.com/hc/...hip-to-Canada-

https://www.usps.com/international/p...-shipments.htm

This can give you an idea on prices
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I posted that before I was ready...gagging dog.

I have shipped used clothing items and horse equip to Canada and it wasn't a big deal or terribly expensive.

I can't post the ebay page but they have a pretty good explanation titled "Shipping to Canada via the United States Postal Service"


And whoa! I take that back...prices have gone up on international a lot. I just popped my zip and a random suburb of Montreal into the calculator and a small DVD type box was $26. I can drive there from here in less than 2 hours. I would talk to the post office directly and get prices.
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I did a bit more looking using the posts given and it really get out of touch pretty quick. I don't have any specific address but if we stay under $20 and it is not live stuff, no duties, etc. but the price alone runs it out of reach for small cheap stuff like under $20. So a $15 dollar item is $25 plus to ship at the cheapest I see..
And this is just the tip of the iceberg if the fools start a full fledged trade war?
Look around the old fish room and tell me how much more you will be paying for simple stuff like filters, powerheads, and temperature controllers!!!
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that's why places like Big Al's have a Canadian warehouse.

I do see a lot of border farms and horse people rent a post office box so they can get around the fees. Working both ways. Meds for horses and cattle just like people meds are a lot cheaper in Canada. Something like a western saddle can weigh 35 lbs. Cheaper to cross the border and return with it as personal property.

Just isn't worth it for most aquarium items. I also suspect there is a point where customs starts looking closer if there are too many trips.
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