FYI, UPS is the absolute worst O| shipping service for shipping from the US to Canada.I'm using UPS to ship everything - no problems. On the contrary, currently I get fastest delivery to US addresses ever.
Maybe it's a Fedex problem...
I do Hong Kong -> US... up to last week average transit time was just above 70 hours - well within UPS guaranteed transit time, but due to some fast transfers during the last week the average dropped to 52 hours, including a speed record of just 33 hours.FYI, UPS is the absolute worst O| shipping service for shipping from the US to Canada.
I always request USPS, and they are quick and reliable. |>
I guess it's kind of a crap shoot, but I think it's definitely worth it to have them back out the VAT. I paid the quote without it on my Seatime a couple of weeks ago and it arrived Fedex in 2 days shipping time no problem. My price without VAT was about 641 euros (602 + 39 for shipping), about 96 euros cheaper. Even after I subtract the $36 I got dinged for customs today by Fedex, I still saved about $95 if my math is correct (not a given). All the savings in the world is no consolation if your baby is held up in customs, but paying the VAT is no guaranteed of that if I read these posts correctly. You never know...Sorry to hear that, let us know how it goes.
Paying VAT should exempt you from paying domestic duties & taxes, but does not exempt you from the attention of an over-zealous customs officer. That's something that no one has any control over.