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Last week I posted a thread about putting my RIG in storage as I get set to move across the border to Toronto this upcoming week. I won't have a visa yet and until I do I would like to avoid the nightmare of trying to get a desktop through customs. Now I'm thinking about mailing it and wonder if I should expect any issues with that? I figured I'd break it down into, and mail in one box, the components and leave my very heavy Antec 902 in Ohio and upgrade to an FT01 once I got up there.

Also, I'm considering grabbing a 2500k and/or 2600k and a P67 mobo from the nearby MicroCenter if anyone from Toronto thinks they might want one at less than CA prices.
Edited by BillOhio - 1/8/11 at 2:13pm
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Its seriously that hard to get it across the border?
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Can't you drive it across or something?
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I'm pretty sure you can just drive across XD
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Its seriously that hard to get it across the border?
Last time I took it up there it cost me an hour and a half in customs, and $70 in duty. They called the person I was going to see. It was nerve racking and expensive. Talking to ill-tempered, bullet proof vest wearing foreigners with guns, on their soil, for an hour and a half just isn't fun.

I did get the $70 back, but not until I got a receipt at customs on the return trip, which I won't be making on this trip. Yeah, I was surprised too.
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Last time I took it up there it cost me an hour and a half in customs, and $70 in duty. They called the person I was going to see. It was nerve racking and expensive. Talking to ill-tempered, bullet proof vest wearing foreigners with guns, on their soil, for an hour and a half just isn't fun.

I did get the $70 back, but not until I got a receipt at customs on the return trip, which I won't be making on this trip. Yeah, I was surprised too.
Wow. So you I assume when you took it across last time its was a complete system and not broken down into its basic components?

Amazing how people have such different experiences going through customs. Transported tons of computer components for people between the US and UK, Cuban cigars, Egyptian historical "things" (can't incriminate myself too much) and lots of other fun items from overseas and I'm yet to be stopped by customs at an airport or crossing.
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post #7 of 23
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Yeah, it was a complete rig, monitor and peripherals included, and they were afraid that I was going to sell it up there, which was where the interrogation and duty came in. I'm guessing the 'goods' you've transported have been transported in a way that customs was unaware you had them at the time.

I doubt I'd have an issue putting components into their original boxes and mailing them but I'm asking just in case.

As much as anything with this thread, I know there are a ton on OCNers from Ontario and it crossed my mind to pick up some Sandybridge stuff and split the difference vs. the Canadian prices.
Edited by BillOhio - 1/8/11 at 2:25pm
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Well mailing each of the components would probably be a huge pain to be honest. Is it possible to break it down into nothing but components and transport a couple over at a time?
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Well mailing each of the components would probably be a huge pain to be honest. Is it possible to break it down into nothing but components and transport a couple over at a time?
If I were making multiple trips, it might be.

I must look a little shady though as my stuff is gone through regularly by customs as I head up there. Also, as I'm heading up to move without a visa I'd like to be as streamlined as possible going through that customs gate. I don't want to have to answer to many questions so I plan to only have a gym bag and backpack in the car. Everything else I own is being stored or mailed for now.

I figure without the case all my boxed components will fit into one larger but still mailable box.
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If I were making multiple trips, it might be.

I must look a little shady though as my stuff is gone through regularly by customs as I head up there. Also, as I'm heading up to move without a visa I'd like to be as streamlined as possible going through that customs gate. I don't want to have to answer to many questions so I plan to only have a gym bag and backpack in the car. Everything else I own is being stored or mailed for now.

I figure without the case all my boxed components will fit into one larger but still mailable box.
Ah ok. Well given the circumstances that's probably the best option at this point. Unless you wanna take the LONG way around through an unsecured crossing in Minnesota or Dakota .
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