as i am canadian i can tell you this is a bad idea its better if you put it in the trunk drive accross the border and if the distance is to far ship the amp within the country. less problems less costly.
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I agree about driving. As it happens, Classe's facility in Montreal is only a 3 hour drive for me (I'm in the US), and I have driven rather than shipped when need be. If you happen to live close to the US border, I would consider this route.
My impression (based on quite a few crossings, I live less than an hour from the border) is that the Canadians are generally friendlier and more understanding at the border than are the US agents coming the other direction.
The big problem is VAT...this is what slows the process up BIG TIME! I've done lots of deals with Canadian buyers, and always, they have to have me declare a value of $100 or less and state that the item is used and not for re-sale. This is true even on a $4000.00 amp I sent to Canada. If you can drive to the US as the others have said DO IT. The other option is, if the item is comming from far away in the US have it shipped to the US city nearest you, then go get it, ie Burlington VT if your comming from Montreal, or Bellingham if you're in Vancouver.
Plattsburgh NY is way closer to Montreal than Burlington Vt. Have it shipped to the FedEx facility and make sure the vendor indicates "hold for pickup" on the paperwork and provides a phone # for you. Fed Ex will give you five days to go and take delivery of it. At the border, declare your purchase, pay your money and get the paper to prove it entered Canada legally or else no insurer will pay you should you have to claim on your home owner's policy. Hell of a lot quicker and cheaper than having to pay brokerage fees.
Theoretically, with couriers, there should be no duty on a Simaudio amp because it's made in Canada. However, the form has to be filled out exactly by the seller and the $7/hour clerk who has been working there for a week might still want to argue. If Simaudio is willing to send a letter to them, on your behalf and stating they are Canucks, you have a valid recourse.
Standard postal cargo does not have additional charges but there is risk of them leaving at the front door when nobody is at home.
There are weight limits for mail and most of the couriers. I forget what the exact numbers are but that can be googled. There are also size premiums that get ridiculous if over 4' but shouldn't be a problem for amps.
There is taxes, both PST and GST that the couriers collect. Not sure how that works with postal service.
Neither UPS or Fedex will insure for damages on used equipment, only loss. If the packaging shows damage, they might insure but the package has to confirmed at delivery and that's just the start of the hoops to be jumped through.
UPS and Fedex charge brokerage fees as additional on all ground freight but include that charge in air freight. For something as heavy as those amps, air would be very expensive.
Many people have a mailbox on the other side of the border and drive across because shipping is much less expensive within US.
Warning: Do not declare the item for reduced value to avoid taxes. They have both guns and computers at the border and will confiscate if they confirm fraud.
Congrats on the purchase.
BTW, There usually isn't a problem with Canadian money orders in US funds, except in Backwater, PA, but if you're ever selling to someone in the States, insist on an "international" money order.
Agree with Pbb. I am Canadian and have US Audiogoner's ship to either a FedEx or UPS depot (again a "Hold for Pickup") just within the US and I go and pick it up myself. I live about 1.5 hours from the border. You will require a bill of sale (of which you will pay PST and GST taxes on it, no duty for products made in Canada) and then you will be on your merry way.