Importing a bulky, expensive thing to the US from Canada
December 6, 2011 7:41 PM Subscribe
Seller is in Alberta, buyer (me) is in Pennsylvania. The item is $1,600 US and ships in a big crate... how do I do this correctly?
I've never bought an expensive, bulky item internationally before. What's the best shipping method? How can I set it up so both parties are protected from shenanigans---is there some above-board escrow service that gives us both reasonable means of handling disputes? How do I find out what taxes or fees I have to pay?
Other details: the item is the clear plexiglas canopy for an airplane---a big piece of molded plastic, not hazardous or especially heavy, but fragile and packed with lots of padding. I mention the item specifically in case there is some special duty for plane parts. Seller and I have met through an online forum, i.e. not over eBay or some other retailer.