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Topic: Do I have to go to the P.O. to ship to Canada?

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Subject: Do I have to go to the P.O. to ship to Canada?
Date Posted: 8/7/2008 12:14 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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I've gotten really spoiled being able to print postage off my computer and never going to the post office.  I'd like to mail a book to a friend in Canada and am trying to figure out if I can do it online.  Does anyone know?  I don't think I can use the "mail to a friend" feature here on PBS, but I was wondering if maybe I can do it through Paypal or usps.com?

TIA!

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 4:44 PM ET
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Amy, I just checked paypal and when I clicked on the dropdown menu to ship to Canada, the address changed to 'province' instead of state, so I would assume you can do it that way. I don't know if there are any other requirements--maybe one of the postal clerks can help you out with that.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 10:00 PM ET
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You'll have to go to the PO and fill out a customs form.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Thanks - I guess I'm off to the PO!

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 7:58 PM ET
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I usually just attach the customs form and drop them in the mailbox.

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 8:45 PM ET
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You can print the customs form from the USPS web site. http://webapps.usps.com/customsforms/

First class is available up to 4 pounds and requires the short green form number 2976. This is the right form for priority flat rate envelopes, too. No insurance is available with these options. The part that shows the item description stays on the package (OK to tape down) and the part with the addresses gets filed at the post office (leave where it can be cut off).

Priority mail includes some insurance and requires the long white form, 2976-A. If you use online postage, there is a discount for the postage. The post office has a clear front/sticky back envelope you can use to attach the form. You can order these free from the web site or pick up a few at the local post office. If you do not have any of these, maybe create something yourself that leaves the multi-part form accessible for customs inspection.

Can't remember the darn password for paypal. I will have to figure it out to satisfy my curiosity now.



Last Edited on: 8/10/08 8:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1