Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Detroit suburbs
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They could be just trying to rip you off. If that's the answer you're looking for you're never going to get it (definitively).
Or it could be that they just don't do enough international business to qualify for some preferential rates offered by UPS? It would not surprise me if FedEx/UPS has different tiers of pricing for different contracts, just like they have different rates for individuals vs. corporate accounts.
Unfortunately there are a lot of variables that affect international shipping prices - and even though you think you are making a point by showing Jenson/Nashbar receipts, they may very well be apples-to-oranges comparisons. The only real comparison would be for the same item, same price, same value, same shipping method to the same destination, from two different companies.
Like I said, I sent a Burton deck to a buddy in MTL no issues whatsoever because at the time it was made in USA and exempt by NAFTA. But I sent him a Ride deck, too. For that he had to pay an additional $100+ in duties.