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Bought a board from Sierra? (Canada only)

OY!! Sierra's site tells me 17$ for shipping to Québec, Canada???!! That's NOT normal wtf 17$??

What I'm wondering is are there any hidden fees somewhere? duties? taxes?

I know U.P.S. has some pretty crazy fees before you can claim your board.

I have already asked on Sierra's forum and nobody seems to have experience with that issue.


So any Canadian buyers in here??


thx!!
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Not a board, but I've bought a jacket, pants and boots from sierra last year. Jacket and pants shipped through UPS and I paid the brokering fee, duty and GST on delivery. Boots shipped through Fedex and I choose priority since fedex doesn't charge brokering fees to Canada with priority shipping. Paid duty and GST upon delivery. Duty I believe is around 5-7%, GST is 5% and you probably pay HST instead. As for the $17.. they usually charge by weight for ground shipping, so I can see $17 would be reasonable.
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Make sure it's shipped by USPS, never UPS. (UPS will bend you over on brokerage fees. Period.) Canada Post will be the one who ultimately delivers to your door.

You will not pay brokerage fees but a small nominal fee for handling charges. You'll also have to pay GST/PST.
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Make sure it's shipped by USPS, never UPS. (UPS will bend you over on brokerage fees. Period.) Canada Post will be the one who ultimately delivers to your door.

You will not pay brokerage fees but a small nominal fee for handling charges. You'll also have to pay GST/PST.
I forgot to mention that I shipped UPS worldwide expedited so that I can skip the tiered brokerage fees. UPS: Rates for Customs Clearance into Canada

I would have paid $30 if I hadn't and upgrading to expedited shipping on sierra's site was certainly less than $30.
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Oh, that's good information to know. I'll make sure to let the vendor know when I order something! Thanks!
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Thx a WHOLE LOT for all your help guys!!

So basically the ''Shipping Method for Dummies'' would be to:

1. Get it shipped by anything except UPS
2. Get it Priority mailed
3. wait for package?


When confirming my payment I only have FedEx as a choice. So this would mean '' FedEx International Priority $37.16'' I'm assuming.

Making it rougly 75$ worth of shipping all in all for a 299 snowboard (Sierrascope muahahah!).

Does this seem accurate?
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Not so fast. You have three options.
FedEx Ground $17.19
FedEx International Economy $27.25
FedEx International Priority $37.16

Make sure you don't get charged the Clearance Entry Fee (see page 3 http://www.fedex.com/us/services/pdf...nformation.pdf

Based on the sierrascope's invoice, it will be an extra $40.30 on top of duty, HST. It's best to call fedex and ask them which of those 3 shipping methods will cost you less. Disregard duty and HST since that's going to be the same, ask for brokerage fee and clearance entry fee on the 3 options above.

And yeah I wish there was a "shipping for dummies" guide, I have to figure this out every time I order stuff from the states.
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ah man.. I'm really hating this whole thing right now... is it at least safe to assume that the whole thing won't cost more than like 120$?
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the International Priority and Economy will include the brokerage. The only other thing you need to worry about afterwards will be the HST that needs to be paid to the FedEx guy upon delivery.

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Bought a jacket and goggles from Sierra, total was $102 and shipping was $28, I picked (Fedex) international economy this time for comparison. Paid $5.06 GST and $10.50 for ROD fee. So that's $15.56 after the Sierra total of $130.
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