I bought some iPod cleaner and paid $10 for it. I got a $35 brokerage charge for it.
That happened to me too, i bought some cables for my scooter on ebay, about $12 when all was done, I got charged $35 for brokerage from UPS, I was debating whether I should pick them up or tell UPS to keep it. But I just told the seller off in the end for not warning me he was gonna send it UPS.
"What can Brown do for you?"
First off you can pay me back some of your ridiculous brokerage fees!
Brokerage is a handling fee charged by shippers/couriers to handle any of the customs clearances (duties, tariffs, taxes) when crossing the border. The do this on your behalf.
If you send things overnight, the brokerage is included in the shipping charges. Overnight costs significantly more but clears customs quicker and often items fall under the radar for collecting taxes etc. (this is because mostly documents and business material are sent overnight).
I mostly send everything to my friend in the U.S. unless it's worth less than C$20 then I have them send it via USPS. Importing stuff over myself by car is easier, cheaper and half the time I don't pay anything (waived through).
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