I just wanted to reply again to this.For those in Canada wondering whether to go UPS or USPS here is the link on the charges:
So you will pay UPS approximately $50 for the honour of them clearing customs for you. They will also charge you more on top of that for paying your HST in advance to customs when crossing the border. (They don't mention that clearly but the charge exists.) These are a big reason I refuse to use UPS Ground shipments into Canada. They really charge a lot for little paperwork.
In comparison Canada Post will charge around $10 for customs clearance and no fees for them paying the HST in advance to customs on your behalf.
Now here is a fun thing about UPS. You often end up pay less in total by upgrading the shipment to UPS Worldwide Express Plus, UPS Worldwide Express, UPS Worldwide Express Saver, or UPS Worldwide Expedited Services. All of those shipping upgrades include the brokerage fees in the shipping cost. You still pay a bit for them advancing the HST they pay on your behalf to clear customs but it is about the same cost as the Canada Post fees. (And you can sometimes avoid that by calling UPS in advance once you have a tracking number and giving them a credit card number to pay for the HST to customs... you gotta get this info to them before the package hits customs.)
Question for Link: What is the cost for upgrading to UPS Worldwide shipping? Choose the least expensive of the above upgrades. I suspect it will be close to using USPS. But the UPS upgrade will usually arrive in 2-4 days (usually) versus 8-14 days via USPS.
Sorry to add some work for you Link, but I ship a lot of stuff in from the States. I think a lot of folks would like the option to use UPS Worldwide shipping - after all the cost will be about the same as USPS and the shipment will arrive way, way faster. Seems like a win-win situation to me.
A customer whom I sent an UPS Expedited Shipment to Canada last week WAS charged $75.08 Canadian, of which $63 was a GST tax (Canadian Sales Tax from what I understand). The rest were some handling fees to get to the $75.08
UPS Express or Expedited may cover parts of the customs/taxes/handling, but if you get snagged, you are still going to pay fees to get your package from UPS.
I'm no longer going to offer UPS Express or Expedited options to Canada, as this is really not a service that I can feel good about offering anyone in the future. This fee just put someone's Pandora cost over $600, with over $100 in shipping charges. That's not my idea of a service.
I'll stick with shipping things into Canada UPS Ground and USPS Priority Mail as the upgrade option, as I haven't had any complaints of this sort with USPS.
Emails are going out soon to the next round of people who've paid EvilDrgaon from the US and Canada, I've been waiting for the shipment to show up in the UPS system so I can give a timeframe in the email.