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I know this has been visited, but no one was specific, so it's hard to know if brief comments about specific movers are promotion by pals or genuine experience. We just had a quote from Seymi that I found high, largely because of brokerage fees, and worrisome because of the openness of the exclusions - possible additional brokerage fees, the necessity for the owner to be at the port of entry to do the customs paperwork (what's the broker for???), extra costs if things are not off-loaded from the ship, i.e. demurrage (quote was for sea shipment), extra costs if they unpack, have to go up stairs, have to carry stuff a certain number of meters, elevator fees, taxes and so on. Seymi makes a lot out of the fact that they are certified, whereas Strom for example (they say) is not. The Seymi quote was 4,000 USD higher than Strom's, with nearly 3,000 being a broker. Insurance would be 3% of the value of the goods on top of the 12,000 quote. None of these exclusions or brokerage fees were mentioned by Strom in their quote and it makes me wonder what the reality is. So I'm asking for people's experiences and costs with any moving companies, extra unexpected costs, reliability, brokerage fees, safety of travelling by land as far as Ontario with Buffalo or Detroit as the port of entry. Who had go to the port of entry to do their own paperwork? I had a bad experience with a customs broker years ago importing plants til I found a different method, so I like to avoid them at all costs. I'd really appreciate hearing any experiences and opinions, but if you're not comfortable making them public, please send me a message privately.