I'm in Montreal and we ship a fair number of high-value ($20K-$200K) video
projectors back and forth over the US border. Whenever we receive something via
UPS, they call to ask if we want them to be the broker. The first few times we
did use them, until the shocking level of their charges became clear. A company
lent me a $250K unit for a couple of weeks last year and shipped if up from
Texas. UPS tried to put 15% on my credit card plus a huge brokerage fee. As far
as I can see, UPS should be considered as an internal carrier only. For
example, I've got a unit heading to Vancouver for a film festival. UPS is the
cheapest and quickest. However across the border, oh no.
As for brokers and their licenses, you're dead on the money. What thieves. The
entire system is rigged to favour their activities. I'd best not get started...
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of BearTranserv@aol.com
Sent: March 20, 2005 7:15 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Rocker arms and shipping to Canada
In a message dated 3/18/2005 12:37:45 P.M. Mountain Standard Time,
First, I do think that UPS is it own brokerage (correct me if I am wrong)
because I have used them when bringing bigger ticket items like boats and
boilers across the border. In fact, I use them exclusively.
I'm not sure about the Canadian Border, but UPS has purchased the largest
brokerage agencies on the Mexican border and they run under the UPS flag,
management, and profit margin.
Customs brokers see their brokerage license as a license to steal.
73 MG Midget
Texan in New Mexico