Canada and European Trade

Trans-Atlantic trade remains a major economic contributor to Canada. With the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe, parcel shipping of Canada origin goods are clearing duty free to France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the entire EU.

For cross border shipping of e-commerce orders to Europe, there are three main components: Airlift, clearance and last mile delivery. The intricacies involve how to classify and clear thousands of individual orders efficiently.

Jet Worldwide has the solutions to the European Union via partnerships with leading European carriers and innovative pre-labeled clearance solutions direct from Canada. Contact Jet's logistics team to expand your offer to the European market.

The European market can alternatively be viewed as a single market of 27 countries as well as 27 countries each with specific import processes, VAT rates and duty.  Shippers from North America can benefit from "euro-domestic access" but such access usually involves local warehousing or VAT registration for ecommerce (explained below).

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for general information only and is not intended to, constitute legal and/or tax advice.  Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this site are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content on this posting is provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.


Shipping to Europe from Canada:

All transportation companies will see increased volume.

Eastern seaports, ocean carriers, international airfreight carriers, international couriers anticipate growth will quickly follow implementation of CETA.

Jet Worldwide assists companies with low cost shipping for ecommerce, parcels and pallets from Canada to Europe.   

In this post we review the key elements to understand regarding shipping to European Union countries. 

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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for general information only and is not intended to, constitute legal and/or tax advice.  Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this site are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content on this posting is provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.

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Shipping to both the UK and EU distribution:

Ecommerce sellers now have two parcel logistics flows:  One to the UK the other to mainland Europe.  UK orders benefit from the UK Canadian Free Trade Agreement (UKTCA) which essentially is a continuation of the European Canadian Free Trade (CETA) following Brexit. 

The UK is often the single biggest market for Canadian exporters and ecommerce orders.   Jet has solutions to both the EU and UK:  Get updates from Jet's logistics team.   

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The Role of Parcel Shipping to Europe

International Parcel delivery is a way to connect Canadians to European suppliers and customers. Canadian ecommerce sellers benefit from preferential duty free access (for Canadian origin goods under CETA), are able to qualify for EU government contracts, and can send goods with no import fees to their European customers. 

Canadian manufacturers and engineering companies will have greater access to the entire EU market.   Canadian retailers can serve their European customers direct using existing  warehousing and fulfillment infrastructure.   Contact Jet's team for a consultation on how to set up best in class shipping options for ecommerce orders to Europe and the UK.

Jet Worldwide helps Canadian and American companies develop efficient parcel delivery processes across the EU via direct import processes.

  • Clearance via express simplified solutions and data manifest consolidation for European domestic delivery.

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Read about Jet's best in class solutions for shipping online orders direct to the EU (PDF)


Clearance of goods shipped from Canada to Europe

CETA provides some standardization in the clearance process. This process improvements are often the most overlooked benefits of trade agreements.

Simplified processes allow smaller Canadian companies easier access to the EU.

An example of the improved processes is an attempt by the EU to standardize the customs sanctions across all members. Currently, there is a wide discrepancy which causes great confusion and compliance cost by Canadian exporters.

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Duty Free - But With VAT - online orders  Canada to Europe

While orders online orders shipped to Europe Union countries valued under €150 (around CA$220)  can be imported duty free, VAT will be assessed.   This includes items sold on eBay, Shopify, bigcommerce, and other e-commerce platforms.   

Read our blog on payment of VAT for online orders shipped to Europe. 

Among the  main changes are provisions for online marketplaces to be deemed the "supplier."  As a supplier, the online marketplace will be held responsible for collection of VAT for online orders of up to €150.   This new process, referred to as the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS), are designed to simplify the importation of online goods valued under €150.  Contact Jet's logistics team for updates on new shipping options to European Union countries.

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Shipping Terms to Consider When Shipping to EU Countries

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is delivery duty unpaid. Common carriers use the term 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 a value added tax that the importing business may otherwise be able to claim back.

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VAT Rules for Imports to the European Union

All goods imported to the EU are subject to VAT.  E-commerce shipments valued under EUR 150 can be imported via  One-Stop Shop (IOSS) processes that allow sellers and online marketplaces to charge VAT at the point of sale and remit it directly to the authorities. 

Jet Worldwide provides IOSS solutions to facilitate registration and integrate shipping direct to all the EU with low cost, tracking and no import charges to the consignee.


For details on IOSS and the otherEU’s VAT rules, visit: Publications Office of the European Union.

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"Non UK" EU Distribution

With Brexit, companies are seeking new distribution networks on the continent. Jet has warehouse and delivery solutions from our French partner to help Canadian and American companies get low cost e-commerce parcel delivery across Europe.  

Canadian and US ecommerce shippers now rely on two parcel injection points: One for the UK and the other for the EU.

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Read about ecommerce shipping direct to the UK (PDF)

Jet has direct shipping solutions to both the UK and EU with prepaid VAT and Duty to ensure no charges forward to their European and British customers.

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Parcel Delivery carrier options from Canada to Europe

Canadian companies shipping to France, Germany, the UK and throughout the EU often choose Canada Post for small parcels.  Canada Post traditionally offers low cost delivery to Europe from Canada for small parcels under 2 kg ( "international packet").   

Canada Post parcel post options to Europe: Canada Post lowest cost surface delivery is usually the lowest price available for individuals shipping to Europe from Canada. Other options include standard air and an "Xpresspost" option.

Jet Worldwide provides best in class shipping solutions with significant savings versus traditional postal options.



Shipping Europe from Canada Carrier Options

In addition to Canada Post, the mega carriers FedEx and UPS who, along with DHL, offer reliable parcel shipping options to the EU from Canada and the USA.    

FedEx and UPS shipping options to Europe include priority and economy.   Usually, ecommerce sellers need much lower costs than those offered by these carriers.   Jet has direct shipping solutions with the lowest unit costs.

Jet Worldwide is helping Canadian sellers using Shopify and other platforms ship direct to the UK and EU.

FedEx and UPS shipping options to Europe from Canada include:

  • International air priority express shipping to Europe
  • International economy air shipping to Europe from Canada
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Shipping between European Union from Canada and North America via Jet Worldwide

Jet Worldwide is a trusted brand that has been providing international shipping solutions for over 35 years

  • Jet Worldwide offers options for shipping between Canada and USA and the European Union and UK for parcels, pallets and online orders
  • Jet's helps our Canadian and American customers register for IOSS VAT payments
  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency,  logistics support and we are not shy about recommending alternative solutions as necessary.
Read our presentation (PDF) explaining our unique offer for shipping to to Europe (click on graphic below).

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Read about Jet's innovative direct shipping for online orders to the EU


Parcel Import warehousing distribution options to Europe via Jet

Jet Worldwide offers low cost shipping from Canada to Europe helping to connect Canadian businesses with Europe! Jet provides local importing and EU distribution from our Paris hub for low cost ground delivery to France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and all the EU.

  • Parcel shipping and delivery from Canada to Germany, France, Italy and the EU
  • Jet offer includes: Pre-labeling, import, last mile delivery, tracking, and returns
  • Parcel shipping to - and via - the UK post Brexit
  • E-commerce shipping solutions
  • Special handling and services to and from anywhere

Goods shipped to EU must be accompanied by an invoice for customs or other supporting documents.


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Duty free import for Canada origin goods via under CETA:

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) does not require a formal certificate in order to obtain tariff benefits. A declaration on the invoice or any other commercial document accompanying the shipment meets the CETA requirements.

Of course, the country origin rules are associated with factors used to determine if the product is eligible for preferential duty free treatment under CETA.

The CETA country of origin declaration has a specific wording, which is fairly straight forward (check with up to date regulations before shipping).




Canadian Shopify and Panier Bleu Orders to Europe

Jet Worldwide is developing international shipping solutions for Shopify, Canada's leading e-commerce platform. Building on Jet Worldwide’s decades of Canadian cross-border parcel shipping experience, our team is currently developing Shopify-integrated solutions for shipping to the entire European Union, allowing businesses to “self-fulfill” their orders.  Jet assists our clients with IOCC registration via an exclusive arrangement with EU based resources.

See section above regarding requirements of online platforms to collect VAT for European orders.

For the latest international shipping solutions for Canadian online orders, connect with Jet Worldwide’s e-commerce team.

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Get a Quote Shipping between Canada and European Union

Jet Worldwide makes it easy for companies seeking for spot quotes for economy air shipping between Canada, USA, European Union and UK.

The information required for a quote includes:

  • Your company name and contact details
  • Ship from Address
  • Ship To Address
  • Weight and dimensions of each piece
  • Item(s) being sent
  • Value

Contact Jet:  If you are seeking pricing for regular shipping volumes, helpful details include actual and projected volume of shipments, item(s) commonly shipped, common shipment weight and dimensions, origin of shipments  and and common destinations.

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Written by Timothy Byrnes