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Discussion Shipping packages to US / American addresses near BC for pick up or forwarding

Discussion in 'Shopping Discussions' started by milquetoast, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Online cross border shopping can be a hassle for Canadians. Often a deal may be exclusive to addresses in the States or a seller might only ship by UPS. There's nothing wrong with UPS if you live in the States, but it means huge brokerage fees for Canadians.

    A good way to get around that is to have the item shipped to a location in the States. Some people have friends that can do this for them, but for everybody else there are a lot of companies in border towns near British Columbia (most are ~45 minutes away from Vancouver) like Blaine and Point Roberts that offer a mail, package & parcel forwarding and pick up service. They do charge a fee ($1-5 dollars the last time I checked) for receiving your package.

    Each company will have their own procedure to follow, but it's generally something along the line of shipping your package to the company using your name, customer number or phone number. They'll inform you when the package is received and you can pick it up at your leisure. There are fees associated with holding the package for longer periods of time. You can also arrange for them to forward your mail to your address in Canada.

    Note: Will update later with a list of companies.
     
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  2. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Need a US Mailing Address?

    Blaine, Washington, USA (Peace Arch)
    5dpackages - Free $5 credit for opening an account with this link.
    442 Peace Portal Dr.
    Blaine, WA 98230
    United States
    Website: https://5dpackages.com/

    24/7 Parcel
    365 H Street
    Blaine, WA 98230 USA
    Website: http://247parcel.com

    Blaine Enterprises
    936 Peace Portal Drive
    Blaine, WA 98230 USA
    Phone: (360) 332-6825
    Website: http://www.blaineenterprises.com/

    Hagens of Blaine
    816 Peace Portal Drive
    Blaine, WA 98230
    Phone: (360) 332-5246
    Fax: (360) 332-5511
    Website: http://www.hagensofblaine.com/

    Pulse Packages
    862 Peace Portal Drive
    Blaine, WA 98230
    Website: http://pulsepackages.com/

    Ameri-Canadian Parcel
    335 8th Street
    Blaine, WA 98230
    Phone: 360-312-7888
    Email: ameri.canadianparcel@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.ameri-canadianparcel.com/

    Mail Boxes International
    685 H Street
    Blaine, WA 98230
    Phone: (360) 332-7678
    Fax: (360) 332-7679
    Email: mbistore@hotmail.com
    Website: http://www.mbistore.com/

    Blaine Mailboxes Plus
    477 Peace Portal Dr.
    Suite 107
    Blaine, WA 98230
    Website: http://www.blainemailboxesplus.com/

    Pacific Mail & Parcel, LLC
    1300 Boblett Street, Unit A
    Blaine, Washington 98230
    Phone: (360) 332-1888
    Website: http://www.pacificmailandparcel.com/

    Security Mail Services
    250 H St.
    Blaine, WA 98230
    Phone: (360) 332-4228
    Website: http://securitymailservices.com/

    Pt. Roberts, Washington, USA (Tsawwassen & Delta)
    In Out Parcel
    145 Tyee Drive
    Point Roberts, Washington 98281
    Phone: (778) 508-8626
    Email: support@inoutparcel.com
    Website: http://inoutparcel.com

    Point to Point Parcel (P2P)
    1591 McKenzie Way
    Point Roberts, WA 98281
    Phone: (360) 945-2520
    Email: info@p2pparcel.com
    Website: http://www.p2pparcel.com/

    TSB Shipping Plus
    1574 Gulf Rd.
    Point Roberts WA 98281
    Phone: (360) 945-0740
    Fax: (360) 945-0744
    Email: tsbship@pointroberts.net
    Website: http://www.tsbshipping.com/services.htm

    Point Roberts Shell Center
    423 Tyee Drive
    Point Roberts, Washington 98281
    Phone: (360) 945-2454
    Website: http://pointrobertsshellcenter.com/shipping-center

    The Letter Carrier - CLOSED
    145 Tyee Drive
    Point Roberts, Washington 98281
    Phone: (360) 945-0515
    Fax: (360) 945-0979
    Email: tlc@dccnet.com
    Website: http://www.thelettercarrier.com/


    Lynden, Washington, USA (Aldergrove)
    24/7 Parcel
    1842 Front Street, Suite B
    Lynden, WA 98264
    Website: http://247parcel.com

    Oroville, Washington, USA (Osoyoos)
    Ship Happens!
    1920 North Main Street
    Oroville, WA 98844
    Phone: 509-476-3995
    Email: oroville@myshiphappens.com
    Website: http://www.myshiphappens.com/

    Sumas, Washington, USA (Abbotsford)
    24/7 Parcel
    503 Cherry Street
    Sumas, WA 98295
    Website: http://247parcel.com

    Package Express
    115 Garfield Street
    Sumas, WA 98295
    Phone: (360) 988-0219 for Sumas, (604) 755-4388 for Abbotsford, (604) 628-2230 for Vancouver
    Fax: (866) 772-8179
    Website: http://www.packageexpress.com/

    Ship Happens!
    115 First Street
    Sumas, WA 98295
    Phone: 360-988-8100
    Email: sumas@myshiphappens.com
    Website: http://www.myshiphappens.com/
     
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  3. herfun

    herfun New Member

    I have a friend that has his on-line orders shipped to a place in Sumas called, "Ship Happens!:

    Ship Happens!
    115 First Street,
    Box 1477
    Sumas, Washington
    98295

    ph: (360) 988-8100
    fax: (360) 988-2300

    e-mail: ship.happens@verizon.net
    website: www.shiphappenssumas.com
     
  4. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    EDIT: NO LONGER APPLIES!

    Thanks!

    Information on tax exemption from Amazon.com:
     
  5. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    If you're looking for the CHEAPEST options as of 2011:

    Pt. Roberts: The Letter Carrier (used to be $2.50 but it might be $3.00 now for small packages, no membership required)
    Blaine: Blaine Enterprises ($3.00 for small packages, NO annual membership required)

    I usually choose Pt. Roberts unless I'm on my way to Seattle because the crossing is quicker.

    Some places might have lower rates for receiving packages but they have a mandatory $10-20 annual member fee. In fact, Blaine Enterprises was the only one that I could find that didn't charge such a fee. Places like Hagen's will waive the annual fee if you pay extra but it works out to be $5, which is more than $3.

    FYI: Blaine Enterprises has a horrible site with no information on pricing, so be sure to call them to confirm current rates. I picked up my item in August 2011.
     
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  6. mission

    mission Full Member

    Thanks for compiling this list. It is a gem for shoppers :)
     
  7. Hello. Wanted to let everyone know. Do not send your packages to Mail Boxes Plus at 477 Peace Portal Drive. They do not allow you to have a 1 time pick-up fee. You have to sign up with them for 1 year for $10 and they still charge you $2 for every package that is shipped there. Do not send you packages here if you only have 1 package a year!!!! Horrible service!!!!!!
     
  8. SetterKate

    SetterKate Guest

    You might want to try Ameri-Canadian Parcel in Blaine, WA. They have extended hrs during the week and often make allowances for after hrs pick up. They have really good reviews and open three hrs on Sundays.
     
  9. Crystele

    Crystele Guest

    hello,

    what do people tell the border guards on the way down and up - just that you had stuff shipped and are going down to pick u pand ocme right back? do you enf up having to pay tax?
     
  10. SetterKate

    SetterKate Guest

    All my customers declare their goods and 99% of the time they pay nothing unless it is a large expensive item. Always best to be honest. Going down they declare they are getting gas and checking mail.
     
  11. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    In Point Roberts, the Shell gas station also does package receiving. Looks like there's no annual fee. Currently, they are cheaper than TLC ($2.50 vs. $3.50 for small packages). A lot of businesses have upped their rates by $0.50 this year.

    Point Roberts Shell Center - http://pointrobertsshellcenter.com/shipping-center/price-list-pkg-receiving

    Btw, TLC sent me a pick up notice via email for a package I didn't order. Scary... if you have a relatively common name like me, include your middle name or phone number on the shipping label!
     
  12. Luna 1923

    Luna 1923 Guest

    Hi there,

    I'm interested in getting heavy furniture items delivered - does anyone have a preference on which one in Blaine to use? It seems that Blaine Enterprises would be the best, and I know of someone else that has used them, but their hours suck! I feel like my husband and I would have to take the day off work just to pick our stuff up during the weekday.
     
  13. Hi there,

    I was wondering if any of the companies listed do package forwarding. I checked most of their websites but couldn't find any information.

    PS.I live in Vancouver.

    Thanks,

    Peter
     
  14. expat

    expat Guest

  15. mission

    mission Full Member

    Thanks for the link on Blaine Mailboxes Plus...
     
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  16. deesmom

    deesmom Guest

    there is a wonderful little place right after you cross the border at Peace Arch
    Americanadian Parcel

    www.ameri-canadianparcel.com

    Just joined and I'm very happy with the service. She is open on Sunday too, very prompt and efficient.
     
  17. Bill tozer

    Bill tozer Guest

    Hi Crystele,

    You just be honest with the border guys and saying you are going to pick up something etc, and they will waive you through with no problem. I've been using the letter carrier in pt Roberts and have gone across around 10 times since last summer ordering various things and have never had a problem, and have never had to pay any tax either. I heard the unwritten rule is everything under $200 they will just waive you through. Hope this helps
     
  18. mission

    mission Full Member

    Good info, Bill.
     
  19. Wilson

    Wilson Guest

    Don't use Security Mail Services, they are horrible, I will never go back there. Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try the ones on your list!
     
  20. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Here's a new option that someone told me about. It's an automated 24/7 place in Blaine called 24/7 Parcel: http://www.247parcel.com/

     
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