Originally Posted by Treadstone71
We still have to deal with customs and brokerage fees. It's not just the exchange rate.
By the way, analysts say that if it continues this way, within the year the Canadian dollar might surpass the US dollar. It's a great time to be alive (again).
Biggest hitter: The so-called "fuel surcharge".
As an idea, to typically import accessories for the radios I sell, I often pay more for the shipping then the accessories themselves
, and that DOESN'T include the 15% + fees when it hits customs. $200USD to ship a box from China? Easy, I spend at least
that much for every accessory order (single box).
Now that a stab how much it costs when I import radios which have double or triple the volumetric weight.
Long story short:
Importing is a very expensive business if you don't have connections or a very strong cash flow. It isn't necessarily complicated to get in, but it is somewhat difficult to keep all the numbers in check.