Canada and Singapore enjoy a historic connection: Canada was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Singapore and remains an important trading partner. Singapore serves as Canada’s gateway to Asia and offers rich development opportunities for Canadian firms.

Thousands of Singaporean students study in Canada and vice versa. It is estimated that over 80,000 Canadians that visit Singapore.

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A few quick points to consider when shipping international between Canada and Singapore

  1. SingPost is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items to Canada.
  2. Market dominant carriers, such as UPS, FedEx have high base pricing. Discounted shipping can be obtained via their authorized resellers. Get a shipping rate to Canada from Singapore.

This Shipping Guide For Shipping To Canada from Singapore explores of the main elements of international shipping between Canada and Singapore:

  • Carrier shipping options to Canada from Singapore
  • Managing shipment returns for Canadian online e-commerce orders
  • See Below: Information required for shipping quote between Singapore to Canada
  • The import process when shipping to Canada from Singapore
  • Common Canadian import fees for goods shipped from Singapore
  • CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management System (CARM)
  • Shipping terms to Canada (DDP or DDU?)
  • Shipping personal effects to Canada from Singapore
  • Preferential duty-free import via the CPTPP
  • Simplified country of origin declaration for qualifying goods

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Things to consider when shipping to Canada from Singapore include:

  • Carrier and shipping method
  • Importer of record: If goods are shipped direct to consumers, the consumer will be the importer of record. If a company is selling and importing the goods, they will be the importer of record. Being the importer of record includes having to obtain an importer number.
  • Provincial licenses that may be required when selling direct to consumers.
  • Health Canada approvals for products
  • Safe Foods for Canadians Act may apply for food items shipped to Canada
  • Goods and Services Tax, Harmonized Sales Tax and provincial taxesread about Canadian import fees)
  • Tariff classification for all imports (read more about HS Codes)
  • Country of Origin must be declared for all imports. 
  • 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 CPTPP.

Parcel shipping options from Singapore to Canada

Parcel shipping to Canada via Singapore Post

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Singapore post offers low-cost parcel post service from Singapore to Canada. Their services includes Speedpost Economy (for delivery in 1-2 months) and Speedpost Express (for delivery in 2 days).

Singapore Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small packages to Canada.

Singapore Post Parcel Delivery to Canada include:

  • Economy: Delivery within 2 months
  • Standard: Delivery within 2 weeks
  • Priority: Delivery within 1 week
  • Speedpost Express: Delivery in 2 working days

Jet Worldwide's economy express delivery from Singapore to Canada is best for small and medium-sized businesses shipping parcels and need a higher level of customer support.


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Shipping to Canada from Singapore via FedEx and UPS

FedEx and UPS are North America's largest carriers. They, along with DHL, provide reliable express delivery from Singapore to Canada.  Get a comparison quote for shipping to Canada.

FedEx and UPS shipping options Singapore to Canada include:

  • International Air express priority to Canada
  • International economy air from Singapore
  • Information needed for a spot quote from Singapore to Canada: see below

Shipping to Canada via Purolator Courier

Purolator is Canada's leading carrier but relies on other carriers - for example UPS - for their international parcel shipments. Purolator is a division of Canada Post.


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Shipping to Canada from Singapore via Jet Worldwide

Jet Worldwide: A trusted brand offering international shipping for over 40 years. Jet offers shipping solutions for parcels, pallets and online orders

Contact Jet's Team: For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.

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Clearance of consignments from Singapore to Canada

Consignments imported from Singapore to Canada are subject to duty and taxes. Most imports valued under CAD 20 can be cleared duty-free and tax-free. Shipments under CAD 3 300 can be imported under Courier Low-Value Shipment (CLVS) processes.

Consignments containing Singapore origin goods may benefit from preferential duty free entry under the CPTPP free trade agreement (see below).

Contact Jet’s logistics team to get an estimate of import fees (for parcels shipped via our service).

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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 Revenu Management (CARM)


Shipping terms to consider when shipping to Canada from Singapore

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). Common carriers use the term Ex Works (EXW) which essentially assigns all import related costs (duty, taxes and other fees) to the receiver/importer. Shippers from Canada can choose to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver via a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) options that many carriers offer.

READ-MORE-INCO-TERMSIncoTerms and shipping terms for packages and online orders.

The disadvantage of paying import fees on behalf of the receiver is that the bulk of the import fees are often from federal and provincial sales tax that the importing business may otherwise be able to claim back.

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jet-man-moving-and-packingShipping personal effects to Canada

Jet Worldwide often manages the shipping of personal effects TO Canada but there are restrictions and requirements. 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-cleared by the importer of the goods.

Personal goods are generally meant as being used, over one-year-old and 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 for a couple of bags is most often less expensive than shipping separately without having to manage the entry requirements (discussed above).

Shipping a box or several boxes: Jet Worldwide provides solutions shipping of international personal effects to Canada via economy air.  Get a quote for personal effects to Canada.

Shipping a household / container level: For shipping a full household, it is best to contact a moving specialists to arrange for packing and ocean transport.

Personal effects to Canada have to be either self cleared by the person whom they belong to with IDs. Duty and tax relief for most personal effects being shipped during a transfer of residence from Singapore to Canada.

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

Canada’s Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates are generally applicable to imports from Singapore. Goods that meet the rules of origin under the CPTPP agreement may qualify for preferential duty free import.

Goods approved with proper proof of origin supporting paperwork can be exported from Singapore for duty-free clearance in Canada.

READ-MORE-CANADA-FREE-TRADE-AGREEMENTSCANADA'S MAJOR FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS.


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Proof of origin

The key part of all trade agreements is ensuring the goods qualify under the rules of origin. Many incorrectly assume that if goods are sent from a qualifying country, they should qualify for duty-free status. Country of origin is not determined solely by where the goods are sent from.

Although the country of origin rules (ROO) have been simplified under the CPTPP, they can still get complex. The guidelines for country of origin qualification include:

Goods are considered originating if they are wholly obtained (such as goods that are grown, raised, caught) or extracted in Canada or a CPTPP country.

Goods are considered originating if they are produced in Canada or a CPTPP country entirely from originating materials.

    • Goods are originating if they are produced in Canada or a CPTPP country from non-originating materials that undergo production in Canada or a CPTPP country, such that the resulting good satisfies the applicable product-specific rule of origin. The value of the non-originating goods that are part of the originating product can be considered dutiable.

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

The amazing part of the CPTPP is that parcels containing products valued less than CAD 3 300 do not require a certification of origin to claim CPTPP preferential tariff treatment.

Parcels containing products under CAD 3 300 can be considered for duty-free status if the following conditions are met:

      • A signed statement completed by the importer, exporter or producer certifying that the goods originated from a CPTPP country is included. This statement is required on the commercial invoice and we recommend adding an additional stand alone statement/ supporting document.
      • The goods meet the origin rules. For example, marks to indicate that the goods are not a product of a CPTPP country will disqualify the goods and have issues related to mis-declarations.

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CPTPP Proof of Origin for shipments to Canada from Singapore

Preferential tariff or duty-free treatment can be obtained for qualifying Singapore-origin goods that are accompanied by a "certification of origin." These goods imported to Canada must originate and be exported from a CPTPP ratified country.

Rather than a separate certificate of origin, a statement on the shipping documents - including the commercial invoice - can be used to qualify the goods for duty-free preferential treatment.

The statement or certification must be provided by the exporter (producer) and presented at the time of import by importer of the goods. The information can be included on any document accompanying the shipment (such as a Commercial Invoice) or on a separate document.

The data elements do not have to follow a prescribed format but must contain the minimum data elements listed below.

      • Indicate the certifier (importer, exporter or producer)
      • Name, address and contact information of the certifier
      • Name, address and contact information of the exporter (if different from the certifier)
      • Name, address and contact information of the producer (if different from the certifier, or exporter)
      • Name, address and contact Information of the importer
      • Name, date and signature of the person certifying the goods
      • Description and HS Tariff Classification for the goods
      • Origin criterion for the goods
      • Blanket period (or note if for one time shipment)
      • Authorized signature and date
      • Accompanied by the following statement: “I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification”

For full details regarding the minimum data requirements for the certification of origin, refer to Annex 3-B of the consolidated TPP text and CPTPP agreement.


Singapore origin goods shipped from Singapore to Canada

Canadian companies can more easily take advantage of duty-free clearance from CPTPP countries. See sections above on certification of origin and simplified processes for low value goods.


ECOMMERCE-CONVEYER- JETSingapore online orders to returns from Canada

Simplified processing for your customer: Contact Jet's team for information on setting up return processes from Canada.


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Get a Quote for Shipping Economy Air from Singapore to Canada

Jet Worldwide makes it easy for companies seeking for spot quotes for economy air shipping from Singapore to Canada.

Contact Jet: For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel. The more details the better :).


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