Note to Canadian Customers

 We are providing some basic Shipping Information to our Canadian Customers.  We cannot guarantee this information is complete nor accurate, though it is our intent.  Please check with your local agencies for the most accurate and comprehensive information:

UPS Canada #(800) 263-8125                                             Canadian Border Services Agency #(506) 636-5064

Customer Choice

Our customers choose their shipping carrier during checkout.  Our customer is responsible for payment of GST/HST and Customs Fees.  These are in addition to the shipping fees they pay Waterbirth Solutions.

HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) & GST (Goods and Services Tax)

As of January, 2012 the Canadian Border Agency has stated that all orders crossing into Canada from the US are subject to the effective GST or HST tax of the Province.  This tax is assessed on the value of the merchandise.  Shipping costs are not taxed by this GST/HST tax, however below Customs costs are subject to the tax. 

CUSTOMS – Entry Preparation

In addition to this GST/HST tax, the Canadian government requires orders over $20 in value to be assigned a Customs Broker, to prepare the paperwork and collect the tax.  Depending on which shipping method you choose, the brokerage fee could vary considerably.

US POSTAL SERVICE FEES

If you choose US Postal Service during checkout, the Postal Service will charge a flat brokerage fee (estimate at $8.50 CAD).  So when they deliver your package the Postal Service will require payment of your local GST/HST + $8.50 CAD.

UPS There are several UPS Service options available: 

UPS STANDARD

If you choose UPS Standard Service during checkout, UPS will charge you a Brokerage Fee based on a sliding scale + a 2.7% Bond Fee* + COD fee of $4.25 CAD + GST/HST of your Province.  The UPS schedule of fees is attached for your review.

UPS Worldwide Express Plus, Worldwide Express, Worldwide Express Saver & Worldwide Expedited

If you choose one of the above UPS Services during checkout, the Brokerage Fee is included.  UPS will charge you a 2.7% Bond Fee* + COD fee of $4.25 CAD + GST/HST of your Province.  The UPS schedule of fees is attached for your review.

*Minimums apply.

 

SHIPPING TIME

While speaking with the Canadian Border Agency, they mentioned that while US Postal Service will take 1 day to arrive at the Canadian border, the Canadian Post can take up to 2-6 weeks to deliver a package.  On the US Postal website, Priority Mail is stated to take 6-10 Days to deliver to a customer.  There are no guarantees of delivery time and we are not responsible for delays related to Canadian Postal Service or Canadian Customs.

UPS Standard Service is UPS’s least expensive service and takes roughly 5 working days to cross the country.  We are located in NW Washington, so BC is 2-3 days, Alberta is 4-6 days and Ontario is aprox. 7 days away. 


US Postal Service Priority Shipment Example to Ontario, Canada

$45.50 order placed ($24.75 USPS shipping chosen) = $70.25 USD paid to Waterbirth Solutions, Inc.

Item ships to Canada via USPS, at border (all are CAD currency):

$8.50 Entry Preparation Fee (assessed by Postal Service)

$0.43 5% Tax on the above Fee (assessed by Canadian Government)

$5.97 13% GST/HST Tax on Product Value of $45.50 (assessed by Canadian Government)

$14.90 Total GST/HST and Custom Fees

 

UPS Standard Shipment Example to Ontario, Canada

$45.50 order placed ($24.75 UPS Standard shipping chosen) = $70.25 USD paid to Waterbirth Solutions, Inc.

Item ships to Canada via UPS Standard, at border (all are CAD currency):

$19.45 Entry Preparation Fee (assessed by UPS)

$5.85 Bond Fee (assessed by UPS)

$4.25 COD Fee (assessed by UPS)

$1.48 5% Tax on the above Fees (assessed by Canadian Government)

$5.97 13% GST/HST Tax on Product Value of $45.50 (assessed by Canadian Government)

$37.00 Total GST/HST and Custom Fees

 

UPS provided this schedule of Fees in January 2012.  They have information on their website, as well:  UPS.com.

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