I’ve read that UPS and Fedex charge brokerage fees, but don’t actually do anything outside of filing a form. From everything I’ve read it seem like a scam.
In my experience I haven’t ever been charged a fee for packages received via USPS from Canada. I’ve also sent packages to Canada and I’ve never heard from anyone that a fee was charged. So, I think USPS/Canada Post is probably a more reputable way to ship across the border. I wonder if a 24" MUni would be too big to ship via public carrier.
bwrightback – This might be a little off-the-wall, but seeing as the seller (Jocob) is friends with the people at Goudurix, and seeing as they will have a presence (a vendor booth of some nature) at Moab next week, maybe you could work a deal to have them bring it along with their other stuff. Then you’d only have to get it from Utah. If you aren’t planning to go to the Munifest, I’m pretty certain some other people from the bay area are. Like I said, it’s a bit of a stretch, but may be worth the effort, particularly if you offer renumeration to the participants for their effort.