New Zealand is reliable trading partner with Canadian with over a billions dollars per year in trade. Canada's exports to New Zealand in includes machinery, wood products and aerospace. New Zealand and Canadian are also part the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

New Zealand and Canada shared language, laws and solid economic credentials makes cross trade a natural fit.

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

  1. Canada Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items internationally to New Zealand (see Canada Post shipping options below).
  2. Market dominant carriers, such as UPS, FedEx have crazy high base pricing.  Discounted shipping can be obtained via "comparison quotes reseller sites"  but discounted retail can still be expensive and such sites often lack support, logistics expertise and ability to import.
  3. Jet's logistics professionals will personally respond  to your inquiry within 1 business day sharing our expertise and helping you find the right solution (we freely recommend alternative carriers and methods that may better suite your needs).  Ask Jet.
  4. Ecommerce shippers usually need a much lower cost than can be provided by traditional shipping methods and need direct shipping solutions (visit our ecommerce page).


This post provides a deeper dive and explores of the main elements of international shipping between Canada and New Zealand:

  • Carrier options for shipping New Zealand from Canada
  • Shipping terms to New Zealand delivery duty paid or unpaid?
  • New Zealand customs for goods imported from Canada
  • CPTPP and duty free entry for qualifying Canada origin goods
  • Common carrier options for shipping from New Zealand to Canada
  • Import process to Canada for goods shipped from New Zealand
  • CPTPP duty free entry for New Zealand Origin goods imported to Canada
  • Information required for New Zealand Canada shipping quote:  See below
  • CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management portal (CARM)
  • Shipping from New Zealand to the USA and Canada

Jet Worldwide provides low cost shipping, support for online sellers and logistics solutions between New Zealand and Canada.


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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Options for Shipping New Zealand from Canada


Shipping to New Zealand via Canada Post

Canada Post offers the lowest cost options for shipping small non urgent parcels. Shipments sent via Canada Post are imported and delivered by The New Zealand Post (NZ Post, CourierPost and Pace – all have been rebranded under the the  NZ Post brand)

Shipping New Zealand from Canada Post international packet services

  • Canada Post Small Packet surface, Air and "tracked"  to New Zealand


Shipping New Zealand from Canada Post parcel shipping options


Shipping to New Zealand via UPS and FedEx Canada

FedEx and UPS are North Americas largest carriers and, along with DHL, offer reliable express delivery to Aukland and all New Zealand.

FedEx and UPS shipping options from Canada to New Zealand include

  • International air express priority shipping
  • International economy air shipping option to New Zealand

See below:  Information required for a shipping quote between Canada and New Zealand


Delivery between New Zealand and Canada via Jet Worldwide

  • Jet Worldwide:  A trusted brand offering international shipping for over 35 years!
  • Jet Worldwide offers options for shipping between New Zealand and Canada for parcels, pallets, and online orders 
  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency and logistics support.  We are not shy to recommend alternative options that are better suited for your needs.  Contact Jet's logistics team.

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 :).

Shipping New Zealand from Canada via Purolator

Purolator is a leading domestic delivery carrier in Canada. They are part of Canada Post and provide delivery to New Zealand via partners - such as UPS Canada. Purolator is a division of Canada Post.

Shipping Terms to Consider When Shipping to New Zealand

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-TERMS IncoTerms 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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New Zealand Parcel Clearance for Shipments from Canada

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

New Zealand customs duty and taxes on the applicable HS Code and the "CIF Value." The CIF value is the value of the item plus the cost of insurance and freight). The Goods and Service Tax (GST) of 15% is applied to all imported goods sent from Canada for import to New Zealand.


Duty rates in New Zealand can range from duty free for such things as most electronics and accessories to 10% for clothing an other fashion items.

The rate of duty payable is determined by the HS Code classification of the goods in the New Zealand Tariff, Most tariffs range from 0% to 10%. These duty rates apply mostly to clothing, footwear, and carpeting. Most computer software and hardware can be imported to New Zealand duty fee.


Duty Free importing of Canadian parcels to New Zealand

Most single parcels with a declared value less than $400 NZD (around $330 CAD) can be imported duty Free (but GST of 15% still applicable).

Information required by New Zealand Customs (and to be included on the commercial invoice) include:

  • Shipper Address and contact details
  • Importer details
  • Details of the shipment: Item(s), value and reason for import
  • Invoice Terms (FOB, CIF, etc)
  • If a multi-piece shipment, it must be noted what is each box



CPTPP Duty free clearance of goods shipped to New Zealand From Canada

Goods approved with proper “proof of origin’ supporting paperwork can be exported from Canada for duty free clearance in New Zealand.


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.

The country of origin rules have been simplified under CPTPP but 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 /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/CPTPP country from non-originating materials that undergo production in Canada/ 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.

Duty Free import for parcels sent from Canada to New Zealand under CPTPP

The amazing part of CPTPP is that parcels containing products valued less than US$1000 (in local currency) do not require a certification of origin to claim CPTPP preferential tariff treatment.

  • Parcels containing products under US$1000 (in local currency) can be considered for duty free status if the following conditions include:
  • A signed statement completed by the importer, exporter or producer certifying that the goods originated from a CPTPP country. See below
  • This statement is required on the commercial invoice and we recommend adding an additional stand alone statement/ supporting document.
  • The goods must 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.


It is important to understand that CPTPP applies to duty assessments but not taxes. All goods - even those cleared duty free - are subject to taxes New Zealand taxes (including 15% GST).


Required data for duty free CPTPP import to New Zealand

In order to claim the preferential tariff treatment to New Zealand from Canada under CPTPP,  a set a data elements referred to as a ‘certification origin’ must be provided by the exporter, producer or importer of the goods by adding the information to any document (e.g., Commercial Invoice) accompanying the shipment or if preferred, by providing it on a separate document. The data elements do not have to follow a prescribed format but must contain the minimum data elements listed below. In addition, the imported goods must originate and be exported from a CPTPP ratified country.

  1. Indicate the Certifier (Importer, Exporter or Producer)
  2. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Certifier
  3. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Exporter (if different from the certifier)
  4. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Producer (if different from the certifier, or exporter)
  5. Name, Address and Contact Information of the Importer
  6. Description and HS Tariff Classification for the Goods
  7. Origin Criterion for the Goods
  8. Blanket Period
  9. Authorized Signature and Date

Note: The certification of origin must be signed and dated by the Certifier and 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, please refer to Annex 3-B of the CPTPP agreement.


Common Carrier Options for Shipping To Canada from New Zealand

The options for shipping from New Zealand to Canada include New Zealand Post (preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels, Jet / DHL, and North America's mega carriers FedEx and UPS.

FedEx and UPS options for shipping from New Zealand to Canada include:

  • International air express to Canada
  • International economy/ deferred air from New Zealand to Canada

See section below:  information required for a shipping quote from New Zealand to Canada


Clearance of consignments from New Zealand to Canada

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

  • Up to CAD 20 and under: duty- and tax-free 
  • Duty and taxes apply when importing goods valued over CAD 20.

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

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Canadian companies can more easily take advantage of duty free clearance from New Zealand, a CPTPP Country.  Read more about CPTPP.


Proof of origin requirements under Canada's free trade agreements

The value for duty amount for all of Canada's free trade agreements (including CPTPP) for which the proof of origin / certificate of origin is up  to $3,300 CAD.

For imports not exceeding $3,300 to Canada, the requirement for proof of origin is waived. The requirement on the importer to maintain records (for example, commercial invoice and B3) applies even if the CBSA does not require a certification of origin or if a requirement for a certification of origin has been waived.

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Shipping from New Zealand to the USA

Companies and online sellers can benefit from shipping their orders direct to the USA - and via Canada.  Canada and USA form an integrated North American logistics networks based on proximity, free trade, social and economic connections. Read more about section 321 processes and contact our team for assistance in direct shipping and logistics support to the USA.

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Getting a quote for shipping between New Zealand,  Canada and North America

Jet Worldwide gives access to all companies seeking shipping quotes between New Zealand(and Australia) and Canada for parcels pallets, and online orders.   For a quote, please provide:

  • 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: 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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A note on the  Jet Worldwide legacy:  While Jet Worldwide Canada, New Zealand and Australia are separate companies, we share an incredible heritage and love for industry legend Peter McPaul.

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Reminder: We work hard at presenting the best information possible and have become a leading online resource for international shipping to and from Canada.   However, it important to note that the information in all Jet Worldwide blogs and postings are for general information only and  provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.

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Written by Timothy Byrnes