Building A Box:
We would strongly recommend that you build a shipping crate to send your boards in, following these instructions:
Carefully measure the length of your boards at the longest point.
Measure the boards at the widest point.
Lets assume you get the following measurements as an example.
Length 60" Width 12"
The inside dimensions of your crate should be about 4" longer and 4" wider than your measurements to give you room for packing material.
We would recommend that you make the sides and ends of your crate out of 1" x 6" ( actual size) 3/4" x5 1/2") spruce lumber.
Approximate outside length plus circumference measurement is about: 66 + 18 + 18 + 6 + 6 = 114"
The maximum allowable by UPS is: 164"
Maximum weight: 150 lbs.
NOTE: If your measurement exceeds this amount give Pat a call at: (403) 335-8644 before building your crate. Otherwise proceed as follows:
Making The Box:
Cut the side pieces 64" long, and the end pieces 16" long.
Fasten the end pieces inside the sides with 1 1/2" drywall screws.
Make a reinforcing end cap over each end using 1/4" plywood, and fasten it to the end of the side pieces with drywall screws.
Drill two 1/2" holes about 8" apart at the center of each end cap. Place a piece of 3/8" rope through the holes and knot the ends inside the crate. This gives the UPS driver something to lift the crate with.
Fasten a piece of 1/4" plywood to the bottom of the crate with 1" drywall screws.
Make a 1/4" thick plywood cover for the top of the crate. Cut an 8" x 8" square hole in it near the center. This gives the custom's officials easy access to see inside the crate.
You now have a very strong lightweight shipping crate to send your boards to us, and for us to return your boards to you without damage.
To make good economical packing material do as follows:
Fill several plastic grocery bags with 2 or 3 sheets of crumpled up newspaper, then tie a knot in the end of the bags to keep the paper inside.
Place a layer of bags in the bottom of the crate.
Place a board in the crate face up.
Place a layer of bags on top of the board.
Place the second board in the crate face down.
Place a layer of bags above the top board.
Stuff bags on both ends and both sides of the boards.
Install the top cover to the crate using 1" drywall screws.
Please send your running boards to the following address by UPS.
The Vintage Running Board Specialists
179 Millrise Dr. S.W.
Ph: (403) 201-6979
Please put your return address and phone number on it, as well.
Documentation Information for Customs (USA Customers)
Three copies of a Commercial Invoice are required. Two can be copies, but all must have your original signature. Blank copies can be downloaded from: www.ups.com
Under Shipping select Use International Tools, then select Access International Forms, Check Commercial Invoice. Then click View Sample. Then download three copies of the sample.
NOTE: Key points about filling in the form.
Reason for export: Temporary importation to Canada for non-warranty repair (only).
These antique auto parts are NOT sold, but are to be returned to shipper upon repair.
Description Of Goods
NOTE: It is VITAL that you be very specific as illustrated below.
These antique 1933 Dodge running boards with rusty damaged metal and worn out rotten rubber mats are a temporary Canadian import for (non warranty)repair only. They are to be returned to the sender upon repair. NAFT #9966 and GST #66 apply.
Total Value: $10 US
To keep importation fees to a bare minimum please value the boards at $10 US, and DO NOT insure them with UPS. I found that in receiving and shipping over 500 sets of boards by UPS. none were ever lost.
By following all the above instructions you should eliminate duty, brokerage fees and taxes, and also ensure quick passage through Canadian customs.
NOTE: If shipments are valued over $19.99 Canadian they will be subject to needless brokerage fees and taxes.
Place any additional information in an envelop inside the inspection hole, and fasten the inspection cover to the lid with 4 one inch drywall screws.
Please email us your tracking number and expected time of delivery at: email@example.com so we can track your shipment's progress.
NOTE: Please print off these instructions as a quick reference while building and addressing the crate, etc.
A FINAL NOTE:
It is absolutely vital that you stress that the item you are sending is an antique vehicle part that is not being sold, but is temporarily imported to Canada for non-warranty repair and is to be returned to you upon repair.
Lastly if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to phone us at (403) 335-8644 before building your shipping crate and documenting your shipment.
In the past minor documentation errors have resulted in costly delays and needless expense when the shipment passed through Canada customs