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Old 02-20-2015, 06:03 PM   #21
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I sent a personal check for an amount that was $500 less than the balance due and let the exchange rate do whatever it wanted. I was just looking to get it close enough that I could settle up via credit card.

Worked just fine, though the pony express from Colorado to BC took 3 weeks.
When we sold our trailer I requested the American buyer send me a cashiers check for a deposit. He went to his bank, had a check made out to me and asked the bank to mail it. The bank e-mailed me a copy of the check so that I knew it existed. After 15 days no check yet. Called the buyer who called the bank. The check had been returned because the bank didn't pay enough postage. I got the check three days later. "What can go wrong will go wrong"
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:34 PM   #22
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When we sold our trailer I requested the American buyer send me a cashiers check for a deposit. He went to his bank, had a check made out to me and asked the bank to mail it. The bank e-mailed me a copy of the check so that I knew it existed. After 15 days no check yet. Called the buyer who called the bank. The check had been returned because the bank didn't pay enough postage. I got the check three days later. "What can go wrong will go wrong"
That almost happened to me....
I sent a check to ETI and just by chance my mail lady saw that I had written Canada on the envelope and that I had placed a forever stamp for postage. She knocked on my door informing me those stamps won't work for international mail. I thought a stamp was a stamp but now I know its not lol Bless her heart.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:44 PM   #23
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Needless bureaucracy is in more places than we would care to admit. So I assume that you did not get your license plate and will have to pull the trailer home without one. Loren
I called DMV here in Alabama aka Dept of Revenue and no tag or license without inspecting the trailer. But they said I will have 20 days to get it from there to here I asked about a temp tag and she said that was only good for 20 days so why bother.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:48 PM   #24
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That almost happened to me....
I sent a check to ETI and just by chance my mail lady saw that I had written Canada on the envelope and that I had placed a forever stamp for postage. She knocked on my door informing me those stamps won't work for international mail. I thought a stamp was a stamp but now I know its not lol Bless her heart.
A Forever stamp will work -- if you use enough of them. The first class postage to Canada from here is around $1.15 per letter. I put three Forever stamps on the envelope and voila! It arrived.
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A Forever stamp will work -- if you use enough of them. The first class postage to Canada from here is around $1.15 per letter. I put three Forever stamps on the envelope and voila! It arrived.
That's the same here. I had $1.35 worth of forever stamps and when I took it to the post office they confirmed what she said that the stamps have to show a denomination but that's ok I scraped the forever stamps off (oh yes I did) and sent it on its merry way.
Then after all that, Crystal from ETI tells me since mail for them goes to New York it will take about 10 days for it to arrive.
Just like you were saying about the DMV it was frustrating but now its done.
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That's the same here. I had $1.35 worth of forever stamps and when I took it to the post office they confirmed what she said that the stamps have to show a denomination but that's ok I scraped the forever stamps off (oh yes I did) and sent it on its merry way.
Then after all that, Crystal from ETI tells me since mail for them goes to New York it will take about 10 days for it to arrive.
Just like you were saying about the DMV it was frustrating but now its done.
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That's very strange. The stamps don't have to show a denomination to work because I've done it - several times.

I got this from the Postal Service itself:

"Customers can use Forever Stamps for international mail, but since all international prices are higher than domestic prices, customers will need to attach additional postage. The value of the Forever Stamp is the domestic First-Class Mail letter price in effect on the day of use."

I think someone at the Post Office needs to re-read the book.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:22 PM   #27
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After digging a little deeper on bringing a trailer into the US permanently, I found the following.

The critical line: "The trailer must be imported by a * Registered Importer (RI) or by someone who has a contract with an RI, unless they have a U.S. certification label stating the trailer meets U.S. vehicle safety standards."

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-into-the-u.s.

It appears if I purchased a car or trailer I am compelled to use a qualified broker.

Any dissent?
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:31 PM   #28
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After digging a little deeper on bringing a trailer into the US permanently, I found the following.

The critical line: "The trailer must be imported by a * Registered Importer (RI) or by someone who has a contract with an RI, unless they have a U.S. certification label stating the trailer meets U.S. vehicle safety standards."

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-into-the-u.s.

It appears if I purchased a car or trailer I am compelled to use a qualified broker.

Any dissent?
Reace and Tammy have this down to a science. Just let them do their thing. They will generate all the necessary paperwork showing the brokerage/registered importer documents. We received the following documents:

- Bill of Sale showing USD and CAD amounts
- DHS Entry Summary
- ETI Certificate of Origin
- HS-7 Import Declaration
- Imported ID Input Record
- US Customs Invoice

That satisfies the requirement. Honestly, the nominal fee for having ETI export the trailer to the US is a no brainer. You get oriented at ETI, head to Sumas, they export, and meet you on the US side. Hitch up and go. Nothing could be easier.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:30 PM   #29
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After digging a little deeper on bringing a trailer into the US permanently, I found the following.

The critical line: "The trailer must be imported by a * Registered Importer (RI) or by someone who has a contract with an RI, unless they have a U.S. certification label stating the trailer meets U.S. vehicle safety standards."

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-into-the-u.s.

It appears if I purchased a car or trailer I am compelled to use a qualified broker.

Any dissent?
With regard to the label stating the trailer meets US Vehicle safety standards Escape trailers have this label. N56 label on the 5.0 it is located on the drivers side near the front of the trailer. It has your vin number on it. The bottom line of the label states that the trailer meets all US safety requirements. I am no expert but for Escape trailers what you have written would suggest you do not require a broker.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:55 PM   #30
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I suppose I could do our taxes myself, but the $275.00 that I pay our accountant is more than worth it to me. The same for ETI handling the export situation. Loren
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