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Old 08-13-2007, 01:22 PM
lorne green lorne green is offline
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Location: Oliver, B.C. Canada (Okanagan valley)
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Default shipping with Partain

Grant, get a quote from Partain Transport to Maine (or as close as they go to
the Rock) and drive it yourself to Nfld. I hear the boat ride to the island is pretty expensive. That might be the deal breaker. good luck.
RV 7a tip-up
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Canopy completed. Bonded with Sika-Flex.
Up on her mains, Firewall Fwd and wiring on going.
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:55 PM
rv8eh rv8eh is offline
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Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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Default Shipping emp kit is different.... courier

Remember that shipping the empennage kit is different than all of the other kits (except replacement parts, perhaps). The emp kit is shipped by courier, and all the other kits are shipped by freight.

Remember also that shipping cost is based on distance and contents. A local builder mentioned getting charged quite a bit for a canopy, compared to a similar weight crate of aluminum parts.
Howard McKay VAF 573
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:32 AM
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As another data point, my wing kit shipped via ABF (on the Canadian side at least). Shipping total was ~$450CDN total, from Van's to the GTA, delivered to my home. Brokerage fees were $135. Yeah, I could have saved those by doing it myself, but half a day off work seemed a bad trade.
Kent Scherm
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:24 PM
Norman CYYJ Norman CYYJ is offline
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Location: Victoria B.C.
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I live in Victoria and always go down to pick up the entire kit. The entire trip for two with a pickup and trailer comes to $450-$500 in Canadian funds. Much cheaper than transport. Customs clearance, do it yourself its easy. The biggest expense for me is the ferry trip both ways.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:14 PM
Ron B. Ron B. is offline
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Just ordered the RV-10 tail kit. Question, Can I chose to to do the brokerage myself with their choice of shipper and if so what's involved?
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:42 AM
rv8eh rv8eh is offline
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Default self-clearing customs

Here are the steps I went through to self-clear customs:

1. Shipment arrives and is held in customs bonded area at shipper's warehouse.
2. Pick up paperwork from shipper's warehouse
3. Take paperwork to customs office, pay fees, they sign off the paperwork and give you some more paper.
4. Take papers back to shipper, to prove you paid the customs fees.
5. Transfer to local shipper to deliver to your shop.

It was half a day shot, with back and forth travel, including cross-town transport and unloading at my shop.

Make sure you keep all the papers and receipts etc. as proof of import, GST and PST payment.
Howard McKay VAF 573
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:37 AM
Pop Alexandra Pop Alexandra is offline
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Thanks for sharing, Howard. While intuitive, I never thought of all the steps or in the right order.
Alexandra from Chariots GCS
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Old 01-14-2020, 07:39 AM
Dayz Dayz is offline
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Location: Toronto, ON.
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We shipped to a stateside address, that act as storage. We loaded everything up in the truck, went to the border, paid taxes on the invoices from Vans and drove off. For us it was as easy as paying taxes on a T-shirt or anything you bring from the US.
If it a complete v?hicule, it?s a different ball game.
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Old 01-14-2020, 02:45 PM
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Default shipping/importing etc.

Originally Posted by kevinsky18 View Post
Shipping to Canada.

Canadian builders how much did it cost to get your complete kit from Vans shipped? How was customs and all that other fun stuff?

I have a 16 foot cube Van and live in Kamloops BC. I'm going to order my entire Vans RV-8 kit at once and was thinking of just driving down, picking it up, clearing it through customs myself and calling it a day.

Just wondering if there would be any cash saving in doing this.
I have been to Van's, yes, it's a nice visit, but perhaps you've already been?
I can't imagine fuel, hotel, and food would be less than freight from Oregon to the border?...but I was wrong once before!

Many builder's seem to prefer to have the kit freighted to Oroville, held there at one of the depots, then you pickup and bring across yourself, so easily done in a day from Kamloops....maybe with a co-pilot eh?
As others have said, ensure you have tons of paper to prove all the values and origins etc! I nearly had to pay for a NEW nosegear when I sent mine to Langair for the cut/rethread mod!
Perry Y.
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Old 01-18-2020, 06:48 PM
CYFDAV8R CYFDAV8R is offline
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Default This is interesting for me...

I'm super early in a journey to start an RV10 in 2021.

I just ordered the training projects from Vans (Tool Box, Light and Mini Wing) which were shipped via Fed Ex. The total Invoice costs were $285 US... Converted to Canadian was $305 CAD. They added $114 CAD to ship it all to Toronto and Fed Ex charged another $51 CAD for import fees. I have no experience in riveting or metal work so figured I would start there with the training kits for fun!

I'm beginning to realize the fees for shipping a full RV10 kit will be quite large!

If anyone is in the GTA doing a build I would be very keen to meet up to learn about your project.

Cheers, Rod.
Rod Fraser Canadian based CPL with FAA PPL
Interested in RV10 Build... Likely to start in 2021
Currently Flying Rockwell Commander 112A
Dues Paid for 2020 - Happy New Year
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