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Shipping clothes from Canada to USA: what does the Certificate of Disinfection entail, where do I get it?

I have 2 large boxes of used clothing/shoes to ship to the US soon, and the post office employee told me the volume of items would definitely not pass the border unless I have a Certificate of Disinfection. Unfortunately, this document seems non-existent. There is NO information in Google, answers are always something along the lines of, "Ship it in several smaller boxes!" or "Don't say it's clothing!" which are avoiding the point: I am trying to do this by the book (legally). Does anyone have experience with this particularly evasive document, or parameters that would let Customs determine the packages are okay? Or another way I could *legally* ship the clothing to the US? [more inside]
posted by Geethebluesky on Mar 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Moving To the USA

I am possibly moving to the United States from Canada for a job, and I'd like to get some insight into some aspects of the immigration process. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Mar 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Please help me to find some clarity on where I should live.

I am having a pretty hard time making a life decision on where to live. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Mar 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Is 'Duck' a place or an instruction?

Help two Londoners plan a road-trip to the Outer Banks - we have no idea where to start! Advice from Americans is needed... [more inside]
posted by Encipher on Feb 18, 2011 - 34 answers

How Do I make a very simple map to help my friend hawk their wares?

I want to make a simple USA map showing the 15 nationwide locations of a friend's stores. Besides making it by hand in photoshop or using the overly detailed google maps (or google earth) how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Small differences in the U.S.A (international people)

What are some small differences you've noticed about the US? Examples: My Japanese friend says that in Japan, large buildings have multiple public entrance/exits. My Dutch friend says that in the Netherlands, women shower in the gym showers. Specifically, I'm interested in things that could imply some theory (elaborate or not) of US culture, of some region of the US.
posted by oneous on Feb 11, 2011 - 115 answers

the great recession

Why has the world economic crisis hit some countries - USA and UK, but especially Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Spain - so much harder than others?
posted by moorooka on Feb 9, 2011 - 14 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Cell to cell

Cheapest way to text / call to California cell phone from Canada? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Feb 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Name this spider, please!

What is this spider? (1,2,3,4) [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Feb 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Ministry of Bureaus and Agencies

Looking for some clarifications on why the US does not use the term "ministry" with its various governing bodies. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Feb 1, 2011 - 17 answers

CMobile broadband plans that cover USA & Canada?

Mobile broadband plans that cover USA & Canada? [more inside]
posted by herox on Jan 30, 2011 - 3 answers

US Presidents Lining Up (I Think)

I'm looking for a country music song. All I can remember is the artist, male, singing about the presidents of the US. If can remember correctly they were lining up and at a funeral (but, I could be wrong). Any suggestions as to what song it was?
posted by nam3d on Jan 27, 2011 - 7 answers

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways?

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jan 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Get me to the pic-a-nic on time

Help me get to Yellowstone without a meltdown, on a budget, and with little time to spare. I'm special, of course, as I explain in great detail inside. [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Jan 20, 2011 - 39 answers

No money, more problems.

US travel visa filter - Canadian musicians travelling and performing in the United States, but not getting paid. Do we still require a visa? [more inside]
posted by breakfast! on Jan 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you help me find some more tv programmes like these drama/sci fi/thriller?

Can you help me find some more tv programmes like: Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, True Blood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Spooks, Being Human? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jan 17, 2011 - 35 answers

What snack foods can survive a plane trip from Canada to Australia via the USA?

What snack foods can I take on the plane (for personal consumption) for a trip from Canada to Australia with a short layover in the USA? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Jan 16, 2011 - 22 answers

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea?

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 answers

Transatlantic television technical teaser

I have a USA-standard Samsung LCD flatscreen TV (specifically this one). I'm moving to the UK in a couple of months and would rather not have to replace it. What do I need to do to make it work in the UK? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo on Jan 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Differences and similarities in the US/AU undergraduate experience?

For those with experience of undergraduate study at both American and Australian universities, what were some of the most notable contrasts? I'm particularly interested in differences in student culture and in assessment methods / difficulty.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jan 2, 2011 - 15 answers

US Citizenship Questionnaire "Time Outside the US"?

US Citizenship Questionnaire "Time Outside the United States"? I don't know all the dates I left the US, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by zaphod on Dec 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Bill Clinton's Mannerisms and Traits

What were/are Bill Clinton's "class markers" that caused people to highlight his working class background when he was president or running for president? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Dec 16, 2010 - 31 answers

What gift for a work colleague in the US?

What can I send to a female colleague in the US? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Dec 3, 2010 - 11 answers

US Citizenship Questionnaire about Affiliations

I'm applying for US Citizenship. How should I answer the question about affiliations & groups that I'm a member of? [more inside]
posted by zaphod on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

A gift from California...

Any ideas for gifts from California (or US in general perhaps)? The gift will be for an American (not Californian) living long-term in Europe. Has family with babies. [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Nov 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for travel deals way ahead of time

I'm trying to keep track of cheap tickets for a dream international flight in end July 2011. However, almost all the sites I looked at say I'm searching way too early and have no information for me. When is the best time to look, and are there any websites that will email me with details once a good price or deal shows up? (I vaguely remember hearing of such a thing but can't remember the URL) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 22, 2010 - 6 answers

So does ANYthing suck about Canada?

Give me good reasons not to move from the U.S. to Canada (specifically Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, or Vancouver) in 2-6 years. I especially welcome input from MeFites who have lived in both countries. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Nov 19, 2010 - 66 answers

Tax cuts

How many small business owners earn more than $1,000,000 a year in taxable income? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Nov 15, 2010 - 3 answers

American West, 1870-1890, what was goin' on?

[bookfilter] Recommend me a good book or two about the American West circa 1870 - 1890. History or historical fiction, for fun reading, not research. [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Nov 14, 2010 - 27 answers

does having foreign health insurance mean you are not gapping in the US?

does having foreign health insurance mean you are not gapping in the US? [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Nov 8, 2010 - 4 answers

What the heck was Pumpkin Creek?

When I was a kid in the 80s, I remember the USA Network having a Saturday morning live-action TV show called "Pumpkin Creek". The opening titles that I remember seemed to have it set in an amusement park of some sort. What was this show about and what was its format? What theme park was it filmed in? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Nov 5, 2010 - 1 answer

How do I file taxes when I earned income in 2 countries?

I'm sure this has been asked many times before on AskMeFi, but I wasn't able to find a query like mine: I'm late paying my taxes. No problem? I'm living abroad. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Oct 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Whither Goes Dad's Recliner?

Everyone seems to agree that the middle class is disappearing in the USA. What (reliable) studies and figures back this up? [more inside]
posted by keratacon on Oct 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Please recommend a top-notch immigration lawyer/law firm in Manhattan.

Can someone recommend a good immigration lawyer/law firm in Manhattan? I need someone/practice with deep expertise in H1B and greencard applications(EB1a, EB1b, and NIW). [more inside]
posted by jchaw on Oct 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Best Modern Art in Los Angeles?

What is the most relevatory, shocking, mindblowing modern art gallery or installation or museum in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by felix on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

What you pay for, is it what you get?

Employer health insurance conundrum. They finally changed my health insurance this week, the insurance, but not the withdrawal from my check. Is there a time limit on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Need to incorporate in the best state!

What is the best state for a nonprofit to incorporate in? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Sep 14, 2010 - 9 answers

How Do Cities Vote?

Where do you find American electoral data by city? [more inside]
posted by gum on Sep 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Can and should the Federal Reserve assume public debts to stimulate the economy?

The US states are massively in debt, and public-sector layoffs are causing unemployment to stay high, even while the private sector recovers. The Federal Reserve can create dollars from nothing, and at the moment inflation is apparently a minor concern compared to deflation. What would happen if the Federal Reserve assumed much or all of the debt of the states? They could pay off the debts ex nihilo at a speed of their choosing, while allowing the states to create or save jobs. They could also simply grant money to those states that have relatively little debt. Does anything like this happen, and should it? [Not an economist]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 14, 2010 - 22 answers

How can I avoid getting my UK Visa application rejected?

I am a US graduate student, accepted into a graduate program in the UK. I have been having significant problems getting my UK Visa processed. I'm wondering if this is typical, and if I should be worried about my chances of going to the UK being jeopardized as a result of these difficulties? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 5, 2010 - 14 answers

What are my prospects for moving to the US?

My SO has a permanent job in the US. We're both British citizens. What are the prospects for me to move over to join her? Also: Canada! [more inside]
posted by Urtylug on Sep 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me pick a phone.

Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

SF for 3 months - doable?

San Francisco for 3 months to be creative and check out awesomeness. Low budget, Bangladesh passport. Possible? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Do unique, generic gifts exist?

I need ideas for gifts to bring abroad from the U.S. I'm especially looking for things that simply don't exist or are difficult to find in other countries. [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex on Aug 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Looking for a comfortable green bed in the US

My wife and I are looking for an environmentally friendly queen-sized bed, ideally from the US to cut down on shipping costs/impacts. Also, what's the best thing to do with an old bed? Details and thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011?

Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011? Should I travel there and then at all? I'm trying to plan a round-the-world trip and am finding it very difficult. Apologies for my rambling question - I could really do with your help. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Aug 14, 2010 - 13 answers

USA foreign gay partner immigration?

How can a gay couple, one British, one American, both live in the USA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Who should I ask to be my referee when I apply to university this year?

Who can I ask to be my referee when I apply to university this year? I have no appropriate professional relationships, I cannot ask a friend or family member, and I have been out of school for three years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2010 - 11 answers

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