--- On Sat, 1/17/09, Barrie Robinson <email@example.com> wrote:
> But shipments to
> Canada are even more expensive as when they use the
> non-postal services there is a "customs clearance"
> charge imposed by the courier. UPS is famous for this. So
> one ends up paying for overnight (or 2-3 business days)
> freight AND a customs charge. With US post - none of this.
The reason for this is that as the US's "official"
postal agency, the USPS enjoys reciprocity with other
governments for customs duty. In essence, the customs
fees are waived for other govermental carriers.
Private shippers don't get the "members only" treatment
and they must pay the full customs inspection fee.
That fee isn't imposed by the shipper, it's passed
on as a cost of doing business.
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