I don't know about overseas, but I will offer a suggestion for shipping to Canada.
We are subject to customs because the package crosses the border.
DO NOT ship via UPS! DO NOT send parcels via UPS!!!! It costs us an arm and a leg and our first, second and third born children to get the package.
I bought a computer program course from California. I was subject to S&H ($10.00), plus exchange and duty, which I expected. Imagine my surprise when UPS delivered and wanted a further $50.00 for Brokerage fees. That's how much they claim it cost them to process the paperwork at the border. That's almost 100% the rate of what I paid for the course which I think was $59 USD. PLUS it took 7 weeks to get here!
I could have had it shipped FedEx for $17.99 air shipping, and it would have arrived at my door in 2 days. PLUS there wouldn't have been any additional charges because FedEx included "Brokerage" in their shipping fees.
However, one time I received a used external hard drive from a friend. He was going to throw it out and when I expressed interest in it he sent it to me. He put zero as the value but FedEx demanded to know a dollar value for the parcel before delivering it to me. So he called them and said "$100.00". Based on that amount I had to pay $24.00 for customs charges. Not a brokerage fee, just custom charges.
Another time I ordered a stethescope from the USA. I think it was $250.00. I figured by the time I paid S&H and currency exchange it was still cheaper than buying it up here. It was shipped by UPS. UPS arrived with the parcel and wanted me to pay them $98.00 for brokerage fees for the processing of the customs papers at the border. I refused and sent back the parcel.
UPS is fine for shipping around the US, but when it comes to "international", it sucks!!! If you ship to Canada, and want repeat business, don't use UPS to ship to Canada.
You can read all about how they gouge us Canadians for parcels shipped from the US at this link. Some people have said that the brokerage fees they were charged even exceeded the value of the merchandise they received!http://www.epinions.com/content_2075...2/show_~allcom
People here have filed a class action lawsuit against UPShttp://www.classaction.ca/content/actions/ups.asp
Ok. Now that that is out of the way, here are some tips for sending to Canada.
Use either regular USPS or FedEx. Neither have hidden costs to the recipient at the delivery end.
If you know about how much the board weighs and the dimensions of the box, you can call up USPS and FedEX and ask them for a quote of the S&H charge. Make sure you ask about "Customs Charges" to the Canadian customer, because under a certain value there is no customs charges to the customer. I'm not sure but I think a parcel value of less than $50.00 is not subject to customs charges, but a parcel of $50.01 and up is charged customs. So if at all possible record the value of the parcel in the range where the customer doesn't have to pay anything additional at their door.
The best way is to package one up as an example and take it to FedEx and the USPS office and ask how much it would cost to send to Canada and wherever else you want to ship it. If you ship international overseas you are looking at some serious money for postage. I used to do up a box of goodies to send to Denmark and while the merchandise inside cost about $20.00 I was paying about $100.00 for postage when I sent it by air. But the item go there in a week vs 3 or 4 weeks by regular mail.