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Thread started 02 Jun 2008 (Monday) 00:09
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POLL: "Best shipping method listed by B&H"
UPS Worldwide Expedited $45.95
16
84.2%
UPS World Saver $55.45
2
10.5%
FedEx Economy $77.50
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0%
FedEx Priority $99.50
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0%
International Express Mail $90.75
1
5.3%

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Best shipping option from B&H to Canada

 
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Jun 02, 2008 14:50 |  #16

ironchef31 wrote in post #5644020 (external link)
Is this the "International Express Mail" option that B&H lists?

That sounds like USPS:

http://www.usps.com …ressmailinterna​tional.htm (external link)


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Jun 02, 2008 15:34 |  #17

Something doesen't make sense. According to the price structure for IEM, the price that B&H charges $90. $90 is the cost to ship a 21lb package.
http://www.usps.com …nternational-prices.htm#C (external link)
(the price group code for Canada is 1)

I know the 70-200 f2.8 IS is a big lens but I'm sure it's not that big.


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Jun 04, 2008 12:40 |  #18

Anything other than UPS Ground has brokerage fees included. You will pay tax and duty if applicable (but no duty on camera's and accesories). You can be 100% sure you will pay something at the door.

As for USPS/Canada Post, there is a flat $5 brockerage fee on most international shipments. Taxes and duties to be determined IF the package is opened and verified. It has been my experience however, that 50% of smaller packages shipped USPS simply get dropped off at my door without any additional fees.

To the OP, the only good option from B&H is UPS Expedited. It usually arrives at my door in 3-4 days, and I usually get a bill in the mail 2 weeks later from UPS for the determined tax amount, which is payable by phone and VISA/MC if you call the 1-800 number.


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Jun 05, 2008 07:19 |  #19

I always use USPS/Canada Post, I have never had trouble and they are usually the cheapest too. I too will not use UPS anymore, the final cost always comes in WAY to high for what you get.


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Jun 06, 2008 12:31 |  #20

Thanks for your replies


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Jun 16, 2008 14:58 |  #21

Just a followup to this thread in case anyone does a search for this information.

I ordered the 70-200 f2.8 IS from B&H for $1,574 and had it shipped UPS Expedited for the charge indicated in the poll.

Upon delivery, COD is $32.03 for duty and $81.67 for GST %5.


Thank you for everyones input.


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Jun 16, 2008 17:05 |  #22

GST is a given, but there is no duty on camera gear. Maybe this was a brokerage fee? But when shipping expedited, the brokerage fee should be in the shipping cost. I have used UPS about a dozen times, more then half I got extra charges that I never should have.


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Jun 16, 2008 17:23 |  #23

BearLeeAlive wrote in post #5733238 (external link)
GST is a given, but there is no duty on camera gear. Maybe this was a brokerage fee? But when shipping expedited, the brokerage fee should be in the shipping cost. I have used UPS about a dozen times, more then half I got extra charges that I never should have.

Maybe next time I'll try FedEx. Is there any way you can check if there should not be a duty charged? And can you get a refund back?


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Jun 16, 2008 17:27 |  #24

OK I should not have to pay duty according to this http://www.photoprice.​ca …/duty-on-camera-equipment (external link)

I'll need to see if I can get a refund on that.


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Jun 16, 2008 18:14 |  #25

Im pretty much 100% sure there is no duty on photographic equipment. I've never paid duty when using B&H and UPS Expedited to Canada... I only paid the taxes. Oh and you're lucky you only paid one tax.. I normally get hit for both taxes.


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Jun 16, 2008 20:06 |  #26

Cam101 wrote in post #5733572 (external link)
Im pretty much 100% sure there is no duty on photographic equipment. I've never paid duty when using B&H and UPS Expedited to Canada... I only paid the taxes. Oh and you're lucky you only paid one tax.. I normally get hit for both taxes.

:shock: There are two taxes? ;) :p

I know, I know... don't rub it in, right? :lol:


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Jun 16, 2008 22:32 |  #27

Lets see what you paid

45.95 Shipping
1,574.00 Lens
32.03 Duty
81.67 taxes

1733.85 Total (assuming a 1:1 exchange rate). Cheaper then anyone on photoprice.ca (including their numbers for B&H)

I'd say you got off easy, you should have paid the full 12% in taxes.


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Jun 16, 2008 22:41 |  #28

ironchef31 wrote in post #5732463 (external link)
Just a followup to this thread in case anyone does a search for this information.

I ordered the 70-200 f2.8 IS from B&H for $1,574 and had it shipped UPS Expedited for the charge indicated in the poll.

Upon delivery, COD is $32.03 for duty and $81.67 for GST %5.

Thank you for everyones input.

Ken,

I sorry to say I don''t really understand what you paid; is there not a provincial sales tax in BC. According to photoprice.ca I would have expected that you would be paying a total of 12% tax. I just received a package of gear from Adorama last week (FedEx international priority) and the amount due was for PST and GST. I also had some items come in the week before from B&H (UPS expeditated) and had to pay PST and GST.

If you didn't pay the provincial sales tax; you got a deal! But I don't undrstand at all why there would be duty added; likely a coding error.


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Jun 16, 2008 22:47 |  #29

Diesel_Dog wrote in post #5734916 (external link)
Lets see what you paid

45.95 Shipping
1,574.00 Lens
32.03 Duty
81.67 taxes

1733.85 Total (assuming a 1:1 exchange rate). Cheaper then anyone on photoprice.ca (including their numbers for B&H)

I'd say you got off easy, you should have paid the full 12% in taxes.

That's where the numbers landed. I should not have paid the duty though. Maybe these customs guys really don't pay as much attention as you think.
Maybe I should not make a stink about being charged the duty.


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Jun 17, 2008 08:05 |  #30

You can get the duty back. The lens was probably misclassified on the declaration form.

However, UPS charges $5.00 to file a "low value shipping amendment" (as opposed to USPS charging nothing), provided your shipment value is less than $1600. (It's $50 if over $1600.) FedEx charges $25.

The correct classification for your lens is "9002.11.10"; if not, be sure to complain to your retailer that they're misclassifying products.

Read this article on photoprice regarding how to get a duty refund: http://www.photoprice.​ca …efund-duty-canada-customs (external link)

Note, you did get a deal by not paying PST. This is likely because the package entered Canada in a province other than your province of residence.




  
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