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Living in Canada, I have to pay custom fees. USPS is my best choice. However, should I make my order from FrozenCPU a gift? I read somewhere that this cuts the fees or something.
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If your product is "new" and not used nor refurbished, asking to mark a product as customs "gift" can get both you and the sending company into hot water.

Used, refurbished, and surplus goods tends to be the nod for marking things "gift" via a customs form. The reasoning is that the product isn't full retail price by a vendor nor retail outlet. Sometimes even a close-out may fall into the "gift" category, but requires the merchant to no longer offer the product in the store nor in the product portfolio other than the "close-out" listing.

If you can find your products via surplus, chances are those are often new and not sold by a retailer feed by a distribution channel. This would meet the"gift" requirements.

Also, shipping from the US via the USPS, the flat rate international priority boxes must have a product value under $400 and 4-lbs or less. This way, the customs short for can be used that has less scrutiny.
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it lowers them I think ! not cut , but frozen is allot more expensive then performance try performance pcs !!!

-ROG
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it lowers them I think ! not cut , but frozen is allot more expensive then performance try performance pcs !!!

-ROG

LOL NO. PPCS charges ridiculous amounts for shipping to Canada now. $150 order will cost like $60+ to ship w/ insurance. FCPU will cost half that.
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If your product is "new" and not used nor refurbished, asking to mark a product as customs "gift" can get both you and the sending company into hot water.

Used, refurbished, and surplus goods tends to be the nod for marking things "gift" via a customs form. The reasoning is that the product isn't full retail price by a vendor nor retail outlet. Sometimes even a close-out may fall into the "gift" category, but requires the merchant to no longer offer the product in the store nor in the product portfolio other than the "close-out" listing.

If you can find your products via surplus, chances are those are often new and not sold by a retailer feed by a distribution channel. This would meet the"gift" requirements.

Also, shipping from the US via the USPS, the flat rate international priority boxes must have a product value under $400 and 4-lbs or less. This way, the customs short for can be used that has less scrutiny.
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I don't understand why Canada and Mexico has to pay Customs Fees.
Any countries that physically border each other should be made Customs, Duties and any other import fees, Free.
That should've been at the top of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It's going to happen anyway. When Canada and Mexico become the next 2 USA states.
Just because congress is too stupid to balance our own economy is no reason to punish our closest allies, friends and (whether they like it or not) future territories.
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I don't understand why Canada and Mexico has to pay Customs Fees.
Any countries that physically border each other should be made Customs, Duties and any other import fees, Free.
That should've been at the top of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It's going to happen anyway. When Canada and Mexico become the next 2 USA states.
Just because congress is too stupid to balance our own economy is no reason to punish our closest allies, friends and (whether they like it or not) future territories.
Lol keep telling your self that! You guys need to remember that we Canadians are extremely nice because we're planning something, won't say what it is though but let's just say that the beaver is going to be the national animal of north america thumb.gif
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post #8 of 14
Getting a parcel marked as a gift is a bad idea, don't ever do that you can still get slugged with the costs and it can end up worse, the best thing to do is be prepared to pay the fees, Another thing you could do is if you have a limit where anything underneath that doesn't have customs fees you can break your order up and get them sent to you a week apart. In Australia we can import up to $1000 before we need to pay customs, Generally almost all countries have postal treaties making it customs fees cheaper if you ship by the postal service (like USPS instead of Fedex/UPS).

But that said about not marking the parcel as a gift I made an international order with a popular store (I won't say who as I don't want them to get in trouble) and they marked my parcel as a gift without me telling them to thinking.gif
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Lol keep telling your self that! You guys need to remember that we Canadians are extremely nice because we're planning something, won't say what it is though but let's just say that the beaver is going to be the national animal of north america thumb.gif

Keep it down eh. You were aboot to blow our cover...

I mean I don't know what you're talking about. Nothing to see here folks. Tim Hortons for everyone!
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Keep it down eh. You were aboot to blow our cover...

I mean I don't know what you're talking about. Nothing to see here folks. Tim Hortons for everyone!

We're not afraid of you moose people.
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