So basically for $151 package, it breaks down like this...
Brokerage fee - $29
GST on brokerage ~ $1.75
PST / GST on the $151 value of the package ~$20
$5.85 - Bond fee
Have roughly $50 ready for UPS when they drop off the package if it was shipped UPS Standard. And that's only if the CBSA didn't decide to open / assess your package.
By comparison, it would cost you about $30 in customs / brokerage if the package would have been sent via USPS instead of UPS. Canada Post charge a flat rate of $10 for brokerage fees, regardless of the cost of your package. And that's IF they charge it at all. I've had packages come from abroad where I was planning on $50+ fees and got charged nothing.
Last edited by Crunchmeister; January 26th, 2009 at 00:20..