Best Options for Shipping To Canada From Mexico

Shipping To Canada from Mexico

Many Canadian companies depend on Mexican suppliers. Jet Worldwide helps connect Canadian and Mexican companies. This post reviews the best options for shipping to Canada from Mexico.

Mexico and Canada have strong economic ties, largely due to their shared membership in the North American Free Trade Agreement (CUSMA/T-Mec) and CPTPP. Reduced tariffs and other trade barriers between the two countries make it easier for businesses in both countries to trade goods.

Mexico is a manufacturing powerhouse. Trade between the two countries is over $40 billion per year.

Shipping from Mexico to Canada

Jet Worldwide provides low-cost shipping of samples between Mexico and Canada. Goods to Canada can often clear duty-free. Low value goods and Mexican origin goods can clear duty free. Mexican goods benefit from both CPTPP and the CUSMA/ T-MEC (New NAFTA ) trade agreements.

In this Guide for shipping to Canada from Mexico, we review:

  • Carrier delivery options shipping Canada from Mexico
  • Canadian customs clearance for Mexican-origin goods
  • Mexican cross border shipping beyond Laredo
  • Managing shipment returns for Canadian online orders from Mexico
  • CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management project (CARM)
  • Shipping personal effects Canada from Mexico
  • CUSMA T-MEC (i.e. new NAFTA) shipping Canada from Mexico
  • CPTPP trade agreement for duty-free import from Mexico to Canada
  • Rules of Origin CUSMA T-MEC versus CPTPP
  • Understanding a certificate of origin when shipping to Canada
  • Complemento Carta Porte
  • Simplified origin statement for duty-free import of Mexican-origin Goods

Disclaimer: The information in Jet Worldwide online content, including this post, is for general information only.

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What is the cost to ship to Canada from Mexico?

The cost to send to Canada from Mexico depends on the weight and dimensions of your package. The cost also depends on the service option (air versus ground), shipping address, carrier discount and fuel surcharge.

What is the cheapest way to send from Mexico to Canada

The cheapest option for an individual sending a small package or personal item is usually via the local post office. Ground shipping for larger shipments are significantly less than air. FedEX and UPS offer economy air options.

How can I get lower shipping costs to Canada from Mexico?

  1. Use a shipping cost calculator to compare rates from different carriers.
  2. Check into postal surface options as mentioned above
  3. Ship smaller packages to reduce the volume weight. Read about chargeable weight.
  4. If you are shipping a large volume of packages, you may be able to negotiate a discounted rate directly with the major carriers.
  5. Consider using a third-party shipping service that can provide both savings and - more important - logistics support.
  6. Consider using ground transportation instead of air shipping. Ground shipping is usually less expensive than air shipping, but it keep in mind the longer transit time - particularly to Eastern Canada.
  7. See if the goods qualify for duty free import under with CPTPP or CUSMA/T-Mec free trade agreements. E-commerce packages can qualify for duty free import as well.

I hope these suggestions help! Is there anything else we can help with? Fill in the form below to contact Jet Worldwide for a shipping quote from Mexico to Canada.

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Are there import fees to Canada for shipments from Mexico

All shipments from Mexico to Canada are subject to import duty and taxes. Most shipments valued under $150 CAD can import duty free (but subject to sales tax if over $40 CAD).Mexican origin goods under CUSMA or CPTPP rules can benefit from duty free import to Canada. Read more: Understanding Canadian import fees.

Higher de minimis thresholds for goods shipping to Canada from Mexico

Goos from Mexico benefit from higher duty free thresholds. The de minimis refers to the minimum threshold at which customs duties or taxes apply. The CUSMCA T-Mec increased the amounts from CAD$20.


Do CPTPP or CUSMA rules apply for my shipments

Shippers and importers can choose to use CPTPP or CUSMA import benefits. Some professionals view the rules of origin under the CPTPP to be more favourable. Only one free trade agreement can apply at the time of import.

Are CUSMA and T-Mec the same?

CUSMA and T-Mec are the same North American free trade agreement. The USMCA (USA), CUSMA (Canada) and T-Mec (Mexico) refer the same agreement.

Useful information: Shipping from Mexico versus Mexican Origin Goods

Duty-free import when shipping to Canada

As part of the CUSMA (T-MEC), Canada has raised their low-value duty threshold (de minimis threshold) to CAD 150 CAD (around USD 110). Local sales taxes will still apply (but often times, businesses can claim this charge back). This higher duty-free threshold helps businesses and e-commerce merchants in the Mexico and Canada.

The Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates of Canada are generally applicable for imports from Mexico. Goods that meet CUSMA (or CPTPP)* rules of origin can qualify for duty free import. The MFN tariff rates of Canada apply to non-originating goods.

*Goods from Mexico can benefit from CPTPP -OR- CUSMA - but not both.

Common Canadian Import Fees for Shipments from Mexico

We get many questions regarding import fee's for shipments from Mexico to Canada. The factors affecting the total import fees include:

  • Duty: The basis of duty calculation is the country of origin, value, and commodity.
  • Taxes: Most goods imported to Canada - even those that otherwise qualify for duty free - are subject to both Canadian federal and provincial taxes.
  • Entry Preparation Fee: This fee will apply to goods that ship via ground carriers and truck. The charge is via the carrier or broker.
  • Disbursement Fee: Carriers charge a fee for pre-payment of duty and/or taxes. This fee averages between 2-3% with a minimum fee of between $10 to $20.

Jet Worldwide works with companies to help understand, estimate and manage their import fees.

Common Canadian Import Fees to Consider

Other things to consider when shipping from Mexico:

  • Importer of record: The importer of record includes having to obtain an importer number. If to direct to consumers, the consumer can be the importer of record
  • Provincial licenses
  • Federal and provincial sales taxes (read about Canadian import fees)
  • Health Canada approvals for related products
  • Safe Foods for Canadians Act certifications for some food items
  • Tariff classification for all imports (read more about HS Codes)
  • Country of Origin declaration
  • Valuation is an important part of the declaration to the CBSA (read more about valuation).
  • Labeling for goods to Canada may require both French and English.
  • Certification of origin if preferential duty free import requested under CUSMA or CPTPP.

Canadian Customs Brokerage for goods shipping to Canada

Canadian customs brokers are a key element for accurate processing of your inbound shipments. Most companies in Canada have customs brokers to entries on their behalf. Read more about Canadian customs brokers.

Best Options When Shipping from Mexico to Canada

There are several shipping options available for sending goods to Canada from. The best option for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Cost factors include the type and size of the goods you are shipping and the speed of delivery. Here are some common shipping options that you might consider:

Local postal options are best for individuals sending small shipments and personal items

Trucking includes full truck and less than truck load. This the best option for larger commercial orders and shipping pallets.

Well known carriers FedEx, UPS and DHL provide integrated air services.


Forwarders are best for large companies who need enterprise level logistics support.

Jet Worldwide provides Canadian logistics support. This includes discount access to global carriers and shipping methods.

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Shipping to Canada via Mexican Post

Shipping to Canada via Correos de México/Parcel Post : Low-cost for shipping for small parcels from Mexico to Canada but limited tracking and support. Shipments sent via Correos Mexican Post to Canada imported via Canada Post.

Different duty assessment for goods shipped via Mexican Post versus Courier (see above regarding new USMCA/CUSMA duty free thresholds).

  • CAD $20 (and under: duty- and tax-free
  • Above CAD $20 duties and taxes apply
  • Gifts under $60 can import duty free

Shipping from Mexico to Canada via FedEx UPS Mexico

  • UPS and FedEx Freight
  • UPS and FedEx Express: 2-3 day day delivery from Mexico to Canada
  • Economy express via FedEx and UPS from Mexico
  • See section below regarding information required for a spot quote

Shipping from Mexico via UPS and FedEx can be expensive for small businesses who ship parcels Mexico to Canada.


Delivery from Mexico To Canada via Jet Worldwide

Jet Worldwide: A trusted brand offering international shipping for over 40 years! Jet Worldwide offers best low cost shipping options between Mexico and Canada for parcels, pallets, and online orders.

Read more about LTL shipping.

Jet Worldwide provides Canadian and North American logistics. Benefit from having a Canadian partner with global expertise. Our logistics supports your team with transparency and expertise.

Managing Canadian returns for Mexican online orders

Simplified processing for your customer:

Contact Jet's Canadian logistics team to manage returns for your Canadian orders.

Duty and taxes in Canada for parcels shipped from Mexico

All goods shipping to Canada from Mexico are subject to Canadian duty and taxes. Most parcels under CAD $40 can be import free of duty and taxes. Consignments under CAD $3,300 from Mexico can import via Canadian customs low-value shipment / LVS express clearance processes. Carriers charge a disbursement fee that averages around CAD $15. Read more about CUSMA T-MEC

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Efficient Mexico USA Border Crossings Besides Laredo

Laredo is the largest inland port on theMexican border with all major transportation companies having facilities in Laredo. The city is on the southern end of highway I-35. It is near manufacturers in northern Mexico. Cross border trade has strained the resources causing delays. Contact Jet’s logistics team for Mexico, USA, Canada cross border solutions.

Crossing the Mexico-U.S. - Canada borders

An average Mexico-U.S. border crossing usually can result in delays. For LTL and truck for shipping to Canada from Mexico are in bond. The actual clearance takes place at the US Canada border.

Shipping terms to consider toCanada

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). The default shipping term for many carriers is Ex Works (EXW). This essentially assigns all import related costs to the receiver. Shippers can choose to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver. Delivery Duty Paid is an option from some carriers. Useful information regarding international shipping terms.

Note: Payment of import taxes cannot are not recoverable. The importing business may be able to claim back the value added tax paid at import.

Ground / LTL options

There are many ground options that work best for heavier shipments. The ground options from Mexico include FedEx, UPS, and LTL carriers. Shippers of individual parcels often prefer using express delivery from Mexico. Ground service to Canada is a long transit time. Also, it does not include Canadian customs entry.

Jet Worldwide can arrange for combine express and LTL shipping to Canada from Mexico. Send a sampling of goods for arrival prior to the arrival of the bulk order.

Common Canadian Import Fees to Consider

Shipping from Mexico, to Texas and then to Canada

Common shipping Routes from Mexico:

  • CDMX - Laredo, Texas - to Canada
  • Puebla - Laredo, Texas - to Canada
  • Guadalajara - Laredo, Texas to Canada
  • León - Laredo, Texas to Canada
  • Get an LTL quote shipping from Texas to Canada

See section below : Information required for a shipping quote from Mexico to Canada

CUSMA/T-MEC duty-free shipping for low-value parcels from Mexico to Canada

CUSMA/ T-Mec accommodates major commodity trading - such as auto parts, energy, and agriculture. It is also a great benefit for smaller specialty parts and other equipment.

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CUSMA/T-MEC shipping to Canada

The key parcel provisions of CUSMA T-MEC (i.e. new NAFTA) include:

  • Duty-free and tax-free entry for most Mexican parcels shipped courier under CAD $40
  • Duty-free entry for most Mexican parcels shipped courier under CAD $150
  • Simplified "Certification of Origin" for shipments shipped courier under CAD $3,300
  • Read about USMCA/CUSMA/T-MEC

For Mexican origin goods shipped to Canada with a value less than CAD $3,300, a simple certification of origin is acceptable. It can be part of the commercial invoice or another shipping document.

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In addition to NAFTA /USMCA/CUSMA many shippers from Mexico are taking advantage of the duty-free CPTPP opportunities to Canada.


CPTPP duty-free clearance of goods shipped from Mexico to Canada

Goods approved with proper proof-of-origin supporting paperwork can export from Mexico for duty-free import to Canada. Shippers from Mexico to Canada can request preferential duty treatment under either the CPTPP or the CUSMA T-MEC.

Some experts express a preference for CPTPP-origin rules. Review both agreements prior to shipping. Choose which trade agreement to apply prior to import.

CUSMA vs. CPTPP rules of origin shipping between Mexico and Canada

Exporters and importers can choose between the CUSMA / T-MEC or CPTPP free trade agreements. Both the CPTPP and the USMCA include rules of origin to determine which goods qualify for preferential treatment. They generally specify the percentage of a product's content that must originate from the participating countries in order to qualify for preferential treatment.

  • Under the CPTPP, the specific percentage requirements vary depending on the type of product. It may be on the value of the product's materials, the cost of its production, or other factors. For example, take most automotive products. For this category, at least 45% of the product's content must originate from CPTPP countries in order to qualify as originating.
  • Under the USMCA, rules of origin are on the percentage of a product's content that originate from North America. The specific percentage requirements vary depending on the type of product. It can be on the value of the product's materials, the cost of its production, or other factors. For example, take automotive products. At least 75% of automotive parts must be of originating goods.

It's important to note that the rules of origin under both the CPTPP and the USMCA are complex and may change over time. It is important to verify compliance with industry experts and relevant government agencies prior to shipping.

Read more: Understanding a certificate of origin and the benefits

Proof of Origin

The key part of all trade agreements is ensuring the goods qualify under the rules of origin. Goods shipping to Canada from Mexico do not automatically qualify for duty free import. Country of origin not based solely from where the goods ship.

The country of origin rules under the CPTPP can be complex. The guidelines for country of origin qualification include:

  • Originating goods are wholly obtaining in Canada or a CPTPP country.
  • Originating goods a product of Canada or a CPTPP country entirely from originating materials.
  • Originating goods are a product of Canada or a CPTPP country from non-originating materials. Goods undergo production in Canada or a CPTPP country to satisfy the rules of origin. The value of the non-originating goods that are part of the originating product can be dutiable.

Useful information: Understanding the difference between goods shipped from Mexico and Mexican origin goods.

Duty-free import for parcels sent from Mexico to Canada under the CPTPP

Similar to CUSMA, parcels containing products valued less than CAD $3,300 require a simplified certification of origin to claim CPTPP preferential tariff treatment.

Duty free status can apply to consignments containing originating products under CAD $3,300. The conditions include:

  • A signed statement completed by the importer, exporter or producer certifying the goods originate from a CPTPP country
  • This statement should be on the commercial invoice. We recommend adding an additional stand alone statement supporting document.
  • The goods must meet the origin rules.


If you are importing to Canada, it is important to become familiar with Canadian Customs online portal which is designed to streamline processes.

Read more about CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)

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Complemento Carta Porte and CFDI

The main objective of issuing the Complmento Carta Porte is to prove the legal possession of merchandise during transport. Non compliant shipments are subject to penalties.

The Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) requires goods through Mexico to be compliant with the Carta Porte supplement. All freight, modes of transport and commodities require the supplement.

Information required by Complemento Carta Porte can include:

  • Goods that move throughout the Mexico
  • Shipper/receiver information.
  • Specific information about the shipper and receiver locations.
  • Information about the means of transportation.
  • Information about the driver (in case of road transportation)

Regulated parties affected by the Carta Porte supplement includes the owner of the goods transferring, intermediaries and agents of transport, and hauling companies. The suppliers of transportation services should issue a CFDI of Revenues with the Carta Porte supplement.

Note that this information is public information. All parties should confirm compliance with Mexican Authorities prior to shipping.

Additional resources:


CFDI Mexico

The CFDI, or Comprobante Fiscal Digital por Internet, is an electronic invoice used in Mexico to document transactions between businesses. Mexican businesses issue CFDIs for sales made within Mexico.

Only CFDI v4.0 with Carta Porte v2.0 is valid (other versions of the CFDI or Carta Porte are not acceptable).

Shipping personal effects from Mexico TO Canada

Requirements include copies of the importer's passport and specific list of contents with estimated unit and total value. Personal goods to Canada must be self clear via the importer of the goods.

Determination of personal goods include 1 year old items for personal use only.

  • Shipping of excess baggage: Generally, it is simpler and easier to ship your personal effects as excess baggage when you travel. Carrier excess baggage fees are often less expensive than shipping separately. Also clearance upon arrival is easier than for unaccompanied baggage.
  • Shipping a box or several boxes: Jet Worldwide provides solutions shipping of international personal effects to Canada via economy air.
  • Shipping a household / container level: Best to contact a moving specialists to arrange for packing and surface transport.

Jet Worldwide does not accept personal effects TO Mexico.


Jet Worldwide gives access to all companies seeking for spot quotes between Canada and Mexico for parcels, pallets, online orders.

Contact our team for special requests, reverse logistics or other ways we may be of assistance. As mentioned above, Jet offers transparency and expertise and we are not shy to recommend other options that best suite your needs. Need a quote and logistics support?

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