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

  1. Canada Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items internationally to Germany (see service options below).
  2. Market dominant carriers, such as UPS, FedEx have crazy high base pricing. Discounted shipping can be obtained via resellers who provide  "comparison quotes"  but the discounted retail rates can still be expensive and such sites often lack expertise and support.
  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 Germany:

  • Carrier options Germany shipping from Canada
  • Shipping Terms to Germany duty paid or unpaid?
  • German customs clearance for Canadian shipments
  • IOSS and VAT prepayment for ecommerce imports to Germany and EU
  • Shipping to German trade shows from Canada
  • CETA EU duty free Germany for Canadian origin goods
  • EU / German distribution for Canadian origin goods
  • Shipping to Canada from Germany
  • Common Canada import fees for shipments from Germany
  • CETA duty free import to Canada for qualifying German origin goods
  • Shipping Canadian Shopify Orders to Germany and the EU
  • Information required to get a quote for shipping between Canada and Germany

Disclaimer: The information in Jet Worldwide online content, including this post, 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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Canadian companies are seeking lower costs to send their parcels to Germany and take advantage of The European Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CETA), direct shipping and prepayment of VAT (IOSS).

Options for Shipping Parcels to Germany


Canada Shipping to Germany via Canada Post

The lowest cost delivery for small packets (under 2 kg) to Germany is via Canada Post. Canada Post shipments are delivered by Deutsche Post in Germany.

Canada post is the best option for Canada shipping to Canada for individuals sending small parcels from Canada to Germany.

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  • Canada Post Small Packet International: Surface, air, "tracked packet"

Shipping Germany from Canada Post parcel post options

  • Canada Post International parcel: Surface to Germany
  • Canada Post Xpresspost: Delivery within a week to Germany


Canada Shipping to Germany via FedEx and UPS

FedEx Canada and UPS Canada are North America's largest carriers. They, along with DHL, offer Canada shipping to Germany express parcel delivery options. 

FedEx and UPS offer 2 basic shipping options Germany from Canada

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jet-logo-vectorDelivery to Germany from Canada and USA via Jet Worldwide

  • Jet Worldwide:  A trusted brand offering international shipping for over 35 years!
  • Jet Worldwide offers options for shipping between Germany and North America for parcels, pallets, and online orders
  • Assistance with IOSS registration for direct shipping to EU of online orders

  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency and logistics support.  We are not shy to recommend alternative options that are better suited for your needs.  


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Jet provides direct parcel shipping to Germany and the EU with pre-labelling, pre-paid VAT, tracking and Shopify integration.

Canada Shipping to Germany via Purolator

Purolator is a leading carrier in Canada. Canadians can ship their international parcels to Germany via Purolator who then gives the parcels to partner carriers - such as UPS - for delivery.   Purolator is a division of Canada Post.

Shipping Terms to Consider When Shipping to Germany

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.

See our blog on 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.


German Customs Clearance for Canadian parcels shipped to Germany

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

The value of your shipment to Germany and the EU can effect the import fees:  For shipments valued at less than 150 Euros , no duty but VAT is assessed.  Read about VAT collection for online orders to European Union members.

See section below on shipping online Shopify orders to Germany and the European Union.


Shipping a gift to Germany from Canada? Qualifying shipments sent as gifts can be sent duty free if valued under 45 Euros. Items sent as gifts must be clearly indicated on the customs invoice.

Taxes for Parcels imported to Germany

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%).

If you wish to pay the German import fees in Canada Jet Worldwide provides "Delivery Duty Paid" service.   However, it should be noted that VAT paid by Germany companies cannot be claimed back if paid by the shipper.

Contact our team for details on shipping to Germany.

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VAT Rules for Imports to Germany and the European Union


All goods (including ecommerce orders)  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. 

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

Contact our team  for information on shipping direct and assistance with IOSS registration


Sending to a Trade Show in Germany?

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 customsbroker (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.

Shipping personal effects Germany from Canada

Jet often manages the shipping of personal effects from Canada but there are restrictions. German customs has specific requirements include copies of the importer's passport, travel itinerary, and specific list of contents with estimated unit and total value. Personal goods are generally meant as being used, over 1 year old and for personal use only and are eligible for duty free entry.

  • 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 Germany.
  • 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.


Duty Free Clearance under CETA

Duty free eligibility to Germany from Canada under EU/Canada Trade Agreement (CETA): Country origin rules are associated with factors used to determine if the product is eligible for preferential duty free treatment under CETA.

Fortunately for Canadian shippers, CETA rules do not require a formal certificate in order to obtain tariff benefits. A declaration on the invoice or any other commercial document accompanying the shipment is enough.

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


Economy Delivery to Germany via an EU Hub

Economy parcel delivery to Germany from Canada is possible via an EU based hub for a "Euro - domestic" distribution. With Brexit, Jet can assist you in finding an alternative EU hub based on the continent for low cost ground delivery to France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy and all EU countries.

Shipping Online Orders Direct to Germany


Jet Worldwide Delivery Options to Germany

  • Parcel and pallet shipping Germany from Canada
  • European Ecommerce Distribution to Germany and EU from USA and Canada


Shipping from Germany To Canada

Shipping options from Germany to Canada include DHL, FedEx, UPS and Deutsche Post.  Jet Worldwide provides shipping options from Germany to Canada for parcels, pallets and online orders. Goods imported to Canada may qualify for preferential duty free entry under Canada EU free trade agreement, CETA.     Otherwise, goods imported to Canada from Germany over CA$20 are subject to duty and tax.

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Simplified Origin Statement for Shipping Canada from Germany

The value for duty amount for all of Canada's free trade agreements (including Germany origin goods imported under CETA) for which the proof of origin / certificate of origin is up to 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.


Shipping Canadian Shopify Orders to Germany and the EU

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 Germany and the entire European Union, allowing businesses to “self-fulfill” their orders.

See section above on IOSS and prepaid VAT for ecommerce imports to Germany and EU

The European Union requires that valued added tax (VAT) be collected at time of checkout.   See secteion above or... Read about importing online orders to European Union members duty free but with VAT.

Contact our team  for information on shipping direct to the European Union and registering for for prepayment of IOSS.


Get a  Quote for Shipping Economy Air between Germany and Canada

Jet Worldwide makes it easy for companies seeking for spot quotes for economy air shipping between Germany and  Canada. 

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

Click Here to Request a Quote and Information

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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reminder: The information in this blog is for general information only and is not intended to, constitute legal and/or tax advice.  The content on this posting is provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.

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Written by Timothy Byrnes