Actually George, there is a "handling fee" that Canada Customs and Canada Post sometimes charge. It seems to be arbitrary whether or not the recipient is required to pay it, although the value of the item (and the taxes and duties (if any) due) may factor into it. The handling fee is relatively reasonable, however - usually approximately $5.00-$10.00. The problem is that the fee, the taxes and the duties are either collected Cash on Delivery (and they don't make change!!!) or they end up taking the item back to the nearby post office, where you have to arrange to go pick them up.
Originally Posted by copake_ham