Parcel delivery to Germany has grown as North America has become one of Germany's largest trading partners.  Canada and Germany's close economic relationship is anchored by strong cultural, academic connections and interpersonal contacts. Germany is a fantastic export market from Canada.

 In this shipping Germany from Canada blog, we review 

  • Common carrier options for shipping Germany from Canada
  • Customs clearance processes for parcels imported to Germany from Canada
  • Shipping Personal Effects to Germany
  • Distribution to Germany and EU post Brexit
  • Shipping to Trade Shows in Germany from Canada
  • CETA duty free treatment to Germany shipping Canada origin goods

Jet Worldwide's Canadian shipping experts provides information and rates for shipping your Canadian origin parcel for delivery to Germany.    For information on German and EU parcel distribution (post Brexit) contact our team.


COVID19 UPDATE:   With the lack of commercial airlift to Germany, many shippers are more dependant on all cargo airlift for shipping Germany from Canada.   Get a low cost airfreight quote from our team for shipping airfreight Germany from Canada.

To assist with Canadian logistics to Germany, Air Canada Cargo is has operated a passenger aircraft 777 as cargo only from Canada to Germany and other EU cities.   

Jet Worldwide Canada provides low cost shipping from Montreal, Toronto and all of Canada for delivery to Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and all Germany.


Shipping Germany from Canada


Shipping to Germany via Canada Post 

Packet, Surface and Xpresspost Options


The lowest cost shipping option for small packets from Canada for delivery to Germany is via Canada Post.  Delivery via Canada Post to Germany is typically the most cost effective for packets under 2 kg.

Shipments sent via Canada Post are cleared and delivered by Deutsche Post. Parcels must be accompanied by a postal customs declaration (CN22 or CN23).

Canada Post International Shipping to Germany Options

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  • Canada Post Small Packet Delivery to Germany:  Surface 
  • Canada Post Small Packet Delivery to Germany:  Air 
  • Canada Post Tracked Packet : delivery to Germany in 2 weeks

Canada post parcel shipping options to Germany 

  • Canada Post International Parcel to Germany:  Surface
  • Canada Post Xpresspost  to Germany:  Delivery within 1 week
  • Get a comparison quote for shipping to Germany from Canada

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Shipping to Germany via UPS and FedEx Canada:

FedEx and UPS are North America's largest carriers and, along with German owned DHL,  offer reliable  shipping Germany from Canada.

FedEx and UPS shipping Canada to Germany options include:

Shipping Germany from Canada for duty free entry under the Canada EU Free trade agreement CETA?  See section below on duty free access to Germany for Canada origin goods.


 Jet Worldwide offers low cost shipping  Germany from Canada.   Get a quote from our logistics team.

JET Canada offer low cost shipping- with value added services that include assistance with customs paperwork, time specific pickup, Canada address, reverse logistics and special handling in Germany.


Jet Worldwide has a variety of options including storage and distribution throughout the European Union and direct shipping from Canada to Germany via our partner carriers.



Shipping Germany from Canada via Purolator Courier

Purolator Courier is a leading domestic carrier in Canada.   Purolator provides international parcel delivery to Germany via partner carriers, such as UPS

Delivery to Germany following Brexit

Many Canadian and North American companies are looking for distribution within Germany.    Companies can consolidate their shipments for Euro-domestic delivery to Germany and throughout the EU.

Information on Germany Customs Clearance for items sent from Canada

No matter which delivery method to Germany you choose, the information below is helpful to ensure your parcel  transits through customs without delay or unexpected costs.

German customs is  strict with regard to necessary paperwork.   All non-documents shipments must have a declared value and specific product description (in English).   German customs also requests that the commercial invoice include the shippers reason for sending the goods.     



When preparing the customs invoice, it is useful to include a note that the value includes cost, insurance and freight (C.I.F.).    German customs bases duty and taxes on the C.I.F. and, if not otherwise noted, can assume that the declared value for customs excludes C.I.F. (and thus assessing higher duty and taxes).      For shipments valued at less than 22 Euros (around $30 CD), no duty or VAT is assessed.

  • A commercial shipment over 22 Euros but less than 150 Euros: VAT is collected
  • A commercial shipment over 150 Euros: duty and VAT are collected.

Note:  Qualifying shipments sent as gifts can be sent duty free if valued under 45 Euros

NOTE:  Effective in 2021 parcels valued below 22 euros imported to Germany from Canada  (and all non EU countries) will be assessed  value added tax.  For parcels valued over 150 euros, the current procedure of assessing. duty, and tax will remain unchanged.

Taxes and Duties for Parcels imported to Germany from Canada

The Value Added Tax / VAT is 19% in Germany.   It is calculated on the CIF value (explained above) plus duty.   Duty charges can be particularly high for textiles, automotive parts and consumer electronics (such as i-phones!).    Some items, such a books, enjoy a lower VAT rate (7%).

Many Canadian goods can be imported to Germany duty free under the Canada European free trade agreement (CETA)  duty free.    To qualify for duty free entry, goods sent from Canada to Germany must be accompanied by a certificate of origin and other supporting paperwork.    

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Shipping Personal Effects from Canada to Germany

Jet Worldwide can transport your boxed personal goods for clearance and delivery to Germany.    For movement of personal goods that involves thousands of pounds and ocean service, we recommend contacting a company specializing in moving households to Germany.

Duty & tax relief not automatic for personal effects and not for everything.   Clearance delays to be expected until all necessary documentation provided by consignee.   When sending personal effects to Germany from Canada, it is important to take note of the requirements.   

The duty free clearance of personal effects to Germany from Canada include:

  • Copies of passport & flight-ticket (plus for expatriates registration confirmation of hometown or city of return),
  • a list of contents with indication what is old and what is new, i.e. what was purchased abroad.
  • Invoices for all abroad purchasing which is dutiable and taxable if newer than 12 months in any case.



Sending Shopify parcels from Canada to Germany

Germany is Europes largest economy and a major shipping destination for Canadian e-commerce merchants using on-line shopping platforms including Shopify, Big Commerce, Wix and other sites.  Canada Post offers discounts via many e-commerce shipping platforms and  is the lowest cost choice for small parcels.

Canada Post Small Packet Service offers a low cost to Germany for shipments under 4 pounds / 2 kilograms.

Duty free shipping from Canada to Germany via CETA

More shippers from Canada are benefiting from the Canadian - European free trade agreement (CETA).   Qualifying goods with a CETA certification on the invoice (a separate certificate of origin is not needed) can be imported to Germany duty free.    

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Importing shipments from Germany to Montreal, Toronto GTA, Vancouver and all of Canada.

Jet can arrange for a pickup and delivery of your parcels shipped from Germany to Canada. For small items, the lowest cost method is usually via Deutsche Post. As is the case for shipments from Canada to Germany, our services are most useful for heavier parcels or when a higher level of tracking and customer support is needed. 

Sending to a Trade Show in Germany?

We get many inquiries regarding the process for sending items for a trade show.    Usually, trade show organizers partner with a local brokerage to manage the clearance of your trade show items.

  • The goods destined for a trade show must be cleared by a German customs broker (an EU registered company with own EORI number).
  • Often, Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) terms are not available.
  • Jet can arrange for the transport of your trade show items to Germany and then transfer the paperwork to the assigned German Customs broker.   
  • The consignee in Germany must be a registered Germany company.

Contact our team for a copy of  Jet's tariff for air transport to Germany (within 4 days from anywhere in Canada to everywhere in Germany).

 Jet Provides cost effective parcel shipping and delivery from Montreal, Toronto GTA and all Canada for packet shipping and parcel delivery to Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and all Germany. 

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Written by Timothy Byrnes