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I am in the US, and someone in Canada wants to buy
some of my parts. I've never sold anything outside
the US (I'm probbaly not the only one in this
situation). So, I boxed it up and am ready to send
it. But, I went to Fed Ex website, and they are
asking what it is, value and bringing up issues like
tariffs and trade restrictions. I am selling a motor
controller and the value is <=$200 US. I'm posting
this because I'm sure other prople may have similar
issues at one point or another. So, can someone who
lives in Canada answer how best to ship into there?

I'd really appreciate some insight as I'm sure the
buyer would as well because he wants me to ship these
parts, and I don't know how to do it.

Thanks,

Steve


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I am in the US, and someone in Canada wants to buy
some of my parts. I've never sold anything outside
the US (I'm probbaly not the only one in this
situation). So, I boxed it up and am ready to send
it. But, I went to Fed Ex website, and they are
asking what it is, value and bringing up issues like
tariffs and trade restrictions. I am selling a motor
controller and the value is <=$200 US. I'm posting
this because I'm sure other prople may have similar
issues at one point or another. So, can someone who
lives in Canada answer how best to ship into there?

I'd really appreciate some insight as I'm sure the
buyer would as well because he wants me to ship these
parts, and I don't know how to do it.

Thanks,

Steve


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I have shipped to Canada, Australia, and various other countries. Don't worry about the tariffs section. That is only for people who are selling things professionally like retailers or manufacturers. If you're just selling some of your stuff on eBay, then you have nothing to worry about there. If you're having trouble getting past this step on FedEx's web site, then it might be easier to just take the package down to FedEx and finish things off there.

One thing to be aware of when shipping international is that it can take much longer than shipping domestic. I have had some of my packages sit in customs for aver a month. I waited for a turbo rebuild kit for about 2 months on one occasion. You might want to ask FedEx what method might prevent this type of delay. If this kind of delay happens, make sure you stay in touch with your customer.

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I am in the US, and someone in Canada wants to buy
some of my parts. I've never sold anything outside
the US (I'm probbaly not the only one in this
situation). So, I boxed it up and am ready to send
it. But, I went to Fed Ex website, and they are
asking what it is, value and bringing up issues like
tariffs and trade restrictions. I am selling a motor
controller and the value is <=$200 US. I'm posting
this because I'm sure other prople may have similar
issues at one point or another. So, can someone who
lives in Canada answer how best to ship into there?

I'd really appreciate some insight as I'm sure the
buyer would as well because he wants me to ship these
parts, and I don't know how to do it.

Thanks,

Steve


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Steve Powers wrote:

> I am in the US, and someone in Canada wants to buy
> some of my parts. I've never sold anything outside
> the US (I'm probbaly not the only one in this
> situation). So, I boxed it up and am ready to send
> it. But, I went to Fed Ex website, and they are
> asking what it is, value and bringing up issues like
> tariffs and trade restrictions. I am selling a motor
> controller and the value is <=$200 US. I'm posting
> this because I'm sure other prople may have similar
> issues at one point or another. So, can someone who
> lives in Canada answer how best to ship into there?
>
> I'd really appreciate some insight as I'm sure the
> buyer would as well because he wants me to ship these
> parts, and I don't know how to do it.

Regular US Mail works well; I think that airmail promises shorter
deliver times for only a modest increase in cost. The recipient will be
charged a $5-8 handling/brokerage fee depending on the particular grade
of mail service used.

If you want to ship by courier, then UPS Air typically works out the
cheapest since although it costs a bit more up front, they don't ding
the recipient for brokerage fees (which they will if shipped UPS
ground).

They don't bother collecting taxes or duty on packages valued $20 or
less and sent by mail.

I've got the shipper's paperwork handy from a piece of used test
equipment I purchased and had shipped here (Canada) by US mail. The
description is simply "used electronic test equipment", and it is
declared as "merchandise". I don't think that you need to worry about
declaring the country of origin as the USA to try to save the recipient
duty. A special NAFTA form is required for this, and most things don't
have duty on them these days anyway.

For a motor controller, I'd declare it as being a used car/automotive
type part since car parts are one of the classes of item that should be
duty exempt.

Cheers,

Roger.
 
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