As our friends in Canada know, UPS charges some outrageous fees for customs clearance. We recently received a report of a $41.14 CAD fee on a package that was valued at around $45 USD. $7 was tax and a whopping $34.14 was the brokerage fee!

I've heard that the brokerage fee may be avoided if you tell UPS you are going to do the customs clearance yourself. I believe it involves filling out a form an contacting the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Does anyone have any experience with this? We are looking into some other international delivery options, but it will probably take a few months to put them into place. I would really like to be able to offer more advice to our friends in the North on international delivery.