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How To Ship Cargo and Packages to Canada from Germany

Shipping Cargo and Parcels to Canada from Germany

German connections to Canada are stronger via the Canadian European Free Trade Agreement (CETA). Bilateral trade continue to grow. Canada serves as the North American gateway for many German companies. This guide covers important things to consider when shipping to Canada from Germany.

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Are you looking to ship goods from Germany to Canada? With a variety of parcel carrier options available, including Deutsche Post, UPS, FedEx, and Jet Worldwide, you have multiple choices for sending packages. For larger commercial orders, the most cost-effective solutions is via air cargo and sea freight. Choosing the mode of shipping is the first step. After determining the best way to ship, then choose the best carrier.

Beyond shipping itself, understandCanadian import fees, duty-free options under CETA, and Canadian import processes. 

What does it cost to ship to Canada from Germany

The cost of shipping to Canada from Germany depends on the package dimensions, weight, pickup and delivery address, and shipping service.

What is the cheapest way to send a package to Canada from Germany

The cheapest way to send a small package to Canada from Germany is usually via Deutsche Post surface shipping options. As shipments get heavier, the cost advantage of shipping via the mail is less.

Can I Import Goods to Canada from Germany Duty Free?

Shipments under $20 CAD can import duty-free to Canada. If made in Germany, it may qualify for preferential duty-free import. The Canadian European Free Trade Agreement (CETA) sets out the rules of origin.

Can I arrange for a pickup in Germany from Canada?

Most Canadian carriers offer the arrange shipping from Germany. It is important to note that the shipper (exporter) must be able to complete an export declaration as necessary. Contact our team for details on shipping from Germany to Canada.

What is the transit time for goods that to Canada from Germany

The primary determinant of transit days is the mode of shipping and service. Door to door transit time depends on the origin and destination postal code.Express courier can be as fast as 2 days. Delivery of economy air cargo is usually within 1 week. Ocean shipments average around 1 month. To calculate the transit time and get a price, fill in form below.

What Canadian import fees should I expect?

Canadian import fees can include duty, sales tax and carrier disbursement fees. Understanding Canadian Import Fees.

Can Shipments from Germany import Duty Free to Canada?

German goods can import duty-free to Canada if they are less than $20 CAD. German Origin goods that qualify under the Canadian European Free Trade Agreement (CETA) can import duty-free. Verify benefit of Canada's free trade agreements.

Can I ship to the USA via Canada?

Yes. Goods can either trans-ship in bond to the USA. Alternatively, goods can clear via non-resident import for warehousing and distribution across North America. Gain the benefit of low cost ground delivery from Canada and duty free import via the $800 low value duty-free threshold.

Shipping Containers and pallet freight Germany to Canada

Ocean shipping is best for large commercial orders and container size shipments. Allow a lead time of 1-2 months.

Shipping via Sea Freight to Canada from Germany

Ocean freight offers the cheapest way to ship pallets and large commercial orders to Canada. Useful information regarding shipping via ocean to Canada.


Shipping via LCL Germany to Canada

Less than container load (LCL) offers solutions when sending one or several pallets to Canada.

Shipping FCL to Canada from Germany

Full container load (FCL) is the fastest sea freight option to Canada.

Send air Air Cargo versus Sea Freight to Canada

Ocean shipping can come with minimum surcharges that make it expensive for smaller shipments.Ultimately, the choice between air and ocean shipping will depend on factors such as the size and weight of your shipment, transit time requirements, and the nature of the goods.

Useful information on shipping sea freight to Canada.



When choosing a shipping method, consider first the size and weight of your freight. Other factors include the transit time and nature of goods. Compare quotes from different carriers to find the best option for your needs. Consider also the mode of shipping: Post, courier, air and ocean.

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Package shipping options to Canada from Germany

Shipping to Canada via Deutsche Post

Deutsche Post, also known as German Post, is the best options for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items to Canada. Deutsche Post also offers shipping option to Canada via their subsidiary, DHL.

Shipping to Canada via UPS and FedEx Germany

FedEx and UPS are North America's largest carriers and, along with German company DHL offer reliable shipping Canada from Germany. Discounts are available directly from the carrier or via one of their partners.

Delivery to Canada from Germany via Jet Worldwide

Jet Worldwide: A historic brand offering international shipping for over 40 years! Contact our team to answer your questions. Get Canadian USA support and rates. Ship air, ocean, Canadian address via Jet Worldwide.

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Shipping terms to consider when shipping to Canada

The default option for shipping internationally from Germany is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). The default shipping term for most carriers is Ex Works (EXW). This essentially assigns all import costs to the consignee.See our blog on IncoTerms and shipping terms for packages and online orders.

German Export Declaration

An export declaration is a submission to German customs when exporting goods from Germany. The declaration requires information including the value, quantity, and classification (under the Harmonize System (HS) codes).

Can I consolidate and ship to Canada Germany as a non-resident importer?

Yes. Companies can consolidate their orders via a single customs entry by becoming a non-resident importer.

Read more about valuation for non-resident imports to Canada.

Duty-free Import to Canada from Germany via CETA

More companies are discovering the benefits of the Canadian - European Free Trade Agreement (CETA). Qualifying goods with a CETA certification on the invoice (a separate certificate of origin is not necessary).

Importing Goods to Canada from Germany

Goods to Canada over CA$20 are subject to duty and taxes. Consignments under CA 3,300 can import via Canada's low value system (LVS).

Useful information to consider regarding Common Canadian import fees.

CETA Rules of Origin when shipping between Germany and Canada

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In order to qualify for zero tariffs under CETA, a product must be "originating" from either Canada or Germany (or other EU country). This means that the product must have undergone a transformation.

Just the purchasing and shipping between Canada and Germany does not grant duty free import.

The difference between goods that ship from Germany or Canada versus German or Canadian origin goods.

Sample origin Statement CETA

Benefit form having a certificate of origin shipping to Canada

The country of origin determines if preferential duty free import can apply.

Useful information to explaining a certificate of origin and when it is necessary.


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