Don't own a car. While I do have a driver's licence, rental, gas, and
travel time is just too much hassle. I can put the several hours it
would take for travel time into doing my regular job and more than
make up the money.
A while back when they were trying to organize the speedy cross Lake
Ontario boat service that was going to run between Toronto and
Buffalo, I would have used it for this exact purpose. But, it never
came to be. Too bad.
You have to be specific. If you have it shipped by the cheapest ground
route, you will pay excessively for brokerage. If you choose next day air,
the fee is expensive but includes brokerage (check their websites) and will
often be the fastest and cheapest method overall. The USPS is still the
cheapest but slowest route, normally $5.00 CDN for brokerage, sometimes up
to $7.00 CDN for higher value shipments. You will still be dinged for taxes
and possibly some duty. Believe me, I have done a lot of importing and know
I have never had a problem with the exchange rate. In theory it is supposed
to be the actual Bank of Canada official exchange rate for the date stated
on the Commercial Invoice, not on the date it was imported or brokered.
I do a fair bit of business across the river between my home and Port
The exchange rate Brown uses to calculate fees and rates is always
worse than the exchange one gets from either a credit card or a bank.
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