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 alt.coffee: semi-OT - invoiced for non-existant duties on coffee
Author: La_Maudite (---.qc.sympatico.ca)
Date:   05-26-02 17:13
THREAD: http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&th=72d64e1273636958&rnum=1


CoffeeKid (mark@coffeekid.removethis.com) wrote:
> There are no duties or taxes on coffee in this country for consumer
> use, regardless of origin, and the assessment on the invoice does
> indeed state that.
>
> But they are billing me for a $20 brokerage fee and (of course) $1.40
> in GST taxes on that amount.


Mathew D. Hargreaves (Mathewdh@worldnet.att.net) wrote:
> To me a brokerage fee is for the company that cleared the paperwork
> for the package coming into the country. Check with your local customs
> reps to find out if it is a legitimate company and claim.


CoffeeKid (mark@coffeekid.removethis.com) wrote:
> Sorry I wasn't more clear on this. I do understand they believe they
> can charge me a brokerage fee.
>
> My problem here is tis - I did not agree to this fee, I'm being billed
> it abritrarily. I also believe that when an item is clearly marked as
> duty free (and also marked, I may add, as having no value), it should
> not have been brokered in the first place.


Christopher Browne (cbbrowne@acm.org) wrote:
> UPS, whom you've probably heard of :-) is one of the worst culprits in
> this; I'd expect them to charge a whole lot more than $20.


evan smith (evan@wholelattelove.com) wrote:
> Is this not the type of brokerage fee that carriers like UPS and FedEx
> charge for going over the border? This is a major reason why we us the
> Postal Service for Canadian orders. Still never understood it though...

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