Originally Posted by jamilsaleem
i dont get it...what the hell are these charges for?
There is paper work to be done when anything crosses the border, UPS does the brokerage paperwork for you and rapes you in the ass with fees for that service. Canada Post will also do the paperwork for you and only charges $5, each time you also pay customs which as far as I know on normal items is the same as paying tax.
Your other option is to go to the border yourself and fill out the forms but not many people live a short drive to the border but even if you do the importation point where you package is may not be the one your near.