Shipping from SE USA to Canada

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I've been fairly successful, so far, in shipping projects all over the
continental US.  A friend in Canada wants to order from me, but is
concerned about the glass getting through Customs without being
destroyed.

Does anybody have any horror or success stories to share?

TIA
BevC

Re: Shipping from SE USA to Canada
Sorry, I've never shipped any glass so I can't answer that part for
you. One thing to keep in mind when shipping from the U.S. to Canada:
don't use UPS, your friend will be in for crazy brokerage fees as UPS
is not a customs bonded carrier - use Fedex or the post office
instead. As far as the customs people handling your work, it's hard to
say how adept they are considering many of them are part time summer
students...
Good luck,
Bart.
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I've shipped lots of glass beads there - no problems -- probably have to worry
more about how much CUSTOMS she will get socked with.... it's pretty horrendous
rates...


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Re: Shipping from SE USA to Canada
  Yu may wish to visit the CraftWeb discussion and look in the archives of
this group at Dejanews.com (Google Groups etc.).  There was a long, long
thread one place or the other (or both) last year about shipping with a lot
of emphasis on packaging for stained glass panels.

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Thanks for the input.  I really appreciate it!

BevC

Re: Shipping from SE USA to Canada
As was mentioned by another poster, send by mail.  If you ship via
UPS, they'll charge $50.00 for customs brokerage.

Problems with goods coming into Canada are no different than problems
with goods going from Canada into the U.S. We routinely ship both
ways.  Northbound, the problem is they're mostly looking for guns (we
REALLY don't like them in Canada).  It's usually a simple task to scan
the package if they're suspicious.  Southbound is an entirely
different problem.  They're looking for pot (which we do like in
Canada) and Customs usually insists on taking every package apart to
inspect it.  In the past we had so much difficulty with damage caused
by U.S. Customs that we now routinely take the goods ourselves into
the U.S., clear through U.S. Customs, then ship from some U.S. point
as a domestic shipment.

I thought we might solve the problem by printing up some bright orange
labels that said, "IT'S GLASS - NOT GRASS", but wasn't too sure if the
customs inspectors had a sense of humour.  Now we just take our stuff
down to Seattle every few weeks and ship from there.  NEVER had any
trouble with stuff coming into Canada.  That could be 'cause I've
never been bringin up any guns.

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