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Old September 25th, 2009, 03:30 AM
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Hello Fellow Community Members,

Kitty, here, from Canada...
I've been browsing the site for an answer, but would like to ask the community of reliable vendors that ship to canada, and for an affordable price. And with minimal duties and taxes because we get literally raped for any tobacco products that are imported to the country.

I live in Alberta, and was wondering if there's a more affordable way to get 250 AF for cheaper including shipping instead of paying the 70-80 for it.

I have many many friends that are interested as well.. and for my own order, I would consider purchasing 8-12 250gm jugs of certain brands.


Let me know,


Cheers,

Kitty.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 04:38 AM
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********** is your man, i have a similar situation in the UK and John helps a lot, so check out his site
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Old September 25th, 2009, 02:28 PM
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Unfortunately, shipping from the USA to Canada is always very expensive (usually around $30CAD for shipping alone) depending on the weight. The least I've paid is $16 CAD for a very small order at www.thehookahstore.com. So I think that is the minimum.

That's with USPS (Canada Post). Your order is insured, meaning you get a tracking number. The order takes (in my case) about 13 days to arrive. Since geographically speaking, you're a little closer to Cali/Oregon, it could be a little faster in your case.

Beware of the customs, your order could end up costing a lot more than $80. Last week, a Canadian HP member got billed for %665 of the total value of the order by the CBSA. It never happened to me personally, but lately it seems that they have been more aggressive with int'l parcels.

I wish you the best of luck and a great time with your hookah.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 05:14 PM
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Dont order more than 500-750 grams at a time.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 12:03 AM
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********** is your man, i have a similar situation in the UK and John helps a lot, so check out his site
yep yep i was going to suggest John as well
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Old September 26th, 2009, 05:34 AM
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I'm in Saskatchewan - Hookah John is a good guy.

That said, my latest order from him has been sitting in customs for 3 weeks. Not HJ's fault, but still a PITA.
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When looking through the forums you notice a pattern of people recommending Hookah John. There's good reason why this is.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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Well I found out why my shipment from Hookah John is taking so long. Canada Border Services Agency has apparently decided that any quantity above 2kg of 'loose tobacco' must be commercial quantity for resale, as in their minds no one would import that for personal use - so they sent it back to John for not having all the health wranings, etc. required in Canada for tobacco meant for retail sale. I've called them, but they can't get it through their little bureaucratic heads that an individual might import > 2kg at a time of a difficult-to-acquire, cultural use product.
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I think that the harsh truth is that you are gonna lose money importing stuff it requires luck and some carefull order planning but most vendors are willing to help you out if the stuff is returned to them by customs i had a very large order caught by customs that me and some buddies all made (we were trying to justify shipping costs) but the vendor was quite happy to refund us minus shipping which is a loss but when you split the shipping it is not a big loss so you should just keep trying i think you need a bit of luck sometimes i dont know if shipping it in seperate boxes would help but i still manage to evade customs sometimes you just need a bit of luck and patience unfortunately hopefully someone is going to see sense one of these days and be more open to appeal by us hookah smokers
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woah - that's one long sentence... *lol*

Of course you lose money importing stuff if you're buying it to consume. I lose money every time I buy groceries, too
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woah - that's one long sentence... *lol*

Of course you lose money importing stuff if you're buying it to consume. I lose money every time I buy groceries, too
lol sorry never been big on grammar.
Also I kinda meant that you are gonna have to go through things like having to get a refund minus the shipping and paying duty fees etc.
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Default Re: HELP! Which Reliable Vendors Ship Affordably 2 Canada?

Thanks everyone for your kind and helpful replies.
We assume that its a hit and miss with shipping to canada, but we will talk to John and see what we can figure out.

Thanks again,
And Enjoy your hookah-ing.

Sincerely Kitty & Co. =)
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lol sorry never been big on grammar.
It's called punctuation.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 05:44 AM
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lol sorry never been big on grammar.
Also I kinda meant that you are gonna have to go through things like having to get a refund minus the shipping and paying duty fees etc.
or just a call to John to tell him what's going on, and having him re-ship it in 2 boxes... his customer service makes it easier to bear.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Heyyy, I'm also from Calgary

So just out of curiosity, where do you currently go for AF that's so expensive?
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lol eileen, i told u earlier ********** ... -.-

hope everything works out
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I just got off the phone with Canada Border Services Agency, who clarified a few things:

- According to the Exise Act the limit is actually 1kg, not 2kg. Above 1kg, the packages must be in English and French, have the proper warning labels, etc.

- According to the Tobacco Act, it's actually illegal for people to receive purchased tobacco through the mail, period. However, when it's a gift (and marked as such) they let it through.

- CBSA received orders about 2 weeks ago to start enforcing the 1kg limit, whereas before they looked the other way.
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Default Re: HELP! Which Reliable Vendors Ship Affordably 2 Canada?

Seanzo where did you order your shisha from?
Next time ask whoever you order it from to mark it as a gift and not to include an invoice with it and it will hopefully clear customs
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