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#1 Lui's Knob

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:57 AM

With cheap cross-border online products (computers, clothes, accessories, etc), does anyone have recommendations for setting up a PO Box or US address? Any free mailing options or best to pay for one?Anyone pay duty/taxes when collecting your mail/goods across the border in Blaine/Pt.Roberts/Truck Crossing, etc?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

Use services like shiphappens and avoid any yearly fees, depending how many products you buy, pay per use might be a better option. Declare all good coming across the border; they treat you as if you went shopping for the day, meaning unless its expensive they usually won't bring you in. Even if they do, pay your taxes like a true Canadian; the government loses hundreds of millions not collecting at the border crossings from products that would normally be bought locally.

Most often you will be fine.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

In Point Roberts:
http://www.thelettercarrier.com/home

In Blaine:
http://www.pacificma...m/Receiving.cfm

If shipping to Canada the best way is to have the shipping done by mail with the US Postal Service which is much cheaper than the brokerage fees charged by private companies like Fed Ex and UPS as they have an arrangement with Canada Post. Here is an explanation on Ebay as to how it works:
http://reviews.ebay....000000000084869
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

Try Mailboxes International in Blaine.

Costs like $2-5 per package you send, which is well worth it with the amount you save on shipping/the product itself. Literally 2 minutes away from the Truck crossing at Pac Hwy.

They also do mail forwarding to Canada, and also provide a physical address that you can use as a residence address... Meaning you can use it for credit cards, memberships, etc. For that, you need to sign up for a membership with them, but they also have pay per use services. Google them!

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:32 AM

interesting. i've been using blaine enterprises for years. i guess there are a lot of options now on package receipt services. must be good business.
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