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Q (Frank Staplin) BS: Canadian postal service (8) RE: BS: Canadian postal service 31 Aug 14

I do a lot of cross-border shopping, and can't remember any trouble.
Occasional delays when something stays in the Customs bins too long (too close to Xmas holidays), but only more expensive packages get that treatment.

Many larger U. S.retailers (Land's End, LL Bean, Amazon, Macy's) have pre-arranged deals with the P. O. Now we have something called "Border-free" for many stores, and everything is calculated out- but this ends up including all fees, and is more expensive than something from a small retailer or individual mailed without the fol-de-rol.

To Calgary, from U. S. and UK, most parcels are shoved directly in the delivery bins; Customs doesn't want to bother with collecting the package fee ($5.00) or small amounts of sales tax ($5.00/$100). Calgary is 1.2 million with metro area on top of that; they don't have the time or employees.

Books and CD-DVD from England often arrive faster and at cheaper rate than those mailed in eastern Canada or U. S.; direct airline connections from UK sources. I have received books from England in 3 days.

This week I received about $600 in jewelry (Xmas shopping already) and it came straight through from the U. S., uninspected. A while back I got an old watch from olddude; it also came through without any added charges.
(There is a duty on jewelry, I think 10%)

Mailing out is a different story- expensive, forms required, package sizes prescribed.

The Grayhound bus (or whatever relative) accepts packages for Canadian destinations; their package rates are cheaper than the P.O. Good insurance. Haven't checked to see if the service extends to the U. S., but I know the insurance gets complicated. And no standard package size regulations!

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