Relations between Canada and Portugal are supported by a large Canadian community of Portuguese . Canadian- Portuguese relations also extend to the thousands of Canadians who live in Portugal.


Jet Worldwide provides low cost shipping Portugal from Canada.  

In this  blog our team reviews:

  • Clearance process for parcels imported to Portugal from Canada
  • Review of CETA and duty free clearance
  • Shipping carrier options Portugal from Canada

Disclaimer:   The information in this blog is for general information only.   Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities.

Portugal Import  Clearance for Shipments from Canada

Portuguese Customs generally follow the clearance processes and guidelines of other European Union countries.

These include:

  • Valuation of duty and vat is based on the CIF value: The total of Cost, Insurance and Freight).
  • Most items imported to Portugal are subject to Value Added Tax (currently 23%) which is calculated on the sum of the CIF value plus duty.
  • Most goods valued under 22 Euros can be imported duty free. Unsolicited gifts to individuals can be cleared duty free if the value does not exceed 45 Euros.

NOTE:  Effective in 2021,  parcels imported to Portugal valued below 22 euros  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.

For shippers who do not want their receiver to pay Canadian duty and taxes:

Jet Worldwide can arrange to pay the duty and taxes on behalf of the Canadian importer via our Delivery Duty Paid Service.



Duty Free Status under CETA for goods imported from Canada to Portugal

Country origin rules are associated with factors used to determine if the product is eligible for preferential duty free treatment under CETA. The good news for shippers is that CETA rules don’t 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).
Required CETA country of origin declaration can include the following:
The European / EU free trade pact with Canada (CETA) allows for goods qualifying as Canada origin to be shipped and cleared duty free to Portugal.    The goods news for Canadian shippers is that only a statement on the invoice (see below) is required.    
The CETA origin declaration to Portugal  from Canada wording must include the following wording. Footnotes are provided for explanation (but do not meant to be included in the required wording). The origin declaration, the text of which is given below, must be completed in accordance with the footnotes (see below).
(Period: from___________ to __________(1))
The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorisation No ...(2)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of ..........................(3) preferential origin.
……………………….....................................(4) (Place and date)
…………………………..............................  (5) (Signature and printed name of the exporter)

Footnotes for statement of origin to Portugal from Canada
These notes are used to explain the fields required above. They do not have to be included in the actual origin statement.
(1)   When the origin declaration is completed for multiple shipments of identical originating products within the meaning of Article 19.5, indicate the period of time for which the origin declaration will apply. The period of time must not exceed 12 months. All importations of the product must occur within the period indicated. Where a period of time is not applicable, the field can be left blank.
(2)   For EU exporters: When the origin declaration is completed by an approved or registered exporter the exporter's customs authorization or registration number must be included. A customs authorization number is required only if the exporter is an approved exporter. When the origin declaration is not completed by an approved or registered exporter, the words in brackets must be omitted or the space left blank. For Canadian exporters: The exporter's Business Number assigned by the Government of Canada must be included. Where the exporter has not been assigned a business number, the field may be left blank.
(3)   "Canada/EU" means products qualifying as originating under the rules of origin of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. When the origin declaration relates, in whole or in part, to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla, the exporter must clearly indicate the symbol "CM".
(4)   These indications may be omitted if the information is contained on the document itself.
(5)   Article 19.3 provides an exception to the requirement of the exporter's signature. Where the exporter is not required to sign, the exemption of signature also implies the exemption of the name

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Shipping Portugal from Canada

What are the best carrier options?

Shipping Packets to Portugal via Canada Post

Canada Post offers the lowest cost for small parcels (under 2 kg) sent to Portugal. Their International Surface Packet service provides the lowest cost for small parcels - Albeit with uncertain delivery and limited tracking.

Canada Post is the best choice for individuals who are looking for the best price for shipping small parcels to Lisbon, Porto and across Portugal. Shipments sent via Canada Post are imported and delivered in Portugal via CTT Correos de Portugal.


Canada Post Parcel Delivery Options to Portugal include:

Shipping Portugal from Canadian Parcel post parcel small packet

  • Canada Post Small Packet to Portugal:  Surface (up to 2 kg)
  • Canada Post Small Packet to Portugal:  Air (up to 2 kg)
  • Canada Post Tracked Packet to Portugal:  Delivery in 2 weeks

Canadian Parcel post shipping Portugal  from Canada parcel post

  • Canada Post International Parcel to Portugal:  Surface (over 2 kg)
  • Canada Post Xpresspost Service to  Portugal:  Delivery in 1 to 2 weeks
  • Get a comparison quote for your shipment to Portugal

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Shipping Parcels to Portugal via FedEx Canada and UPS Canada

FedEx and UPS are North America's largest carriers and offer reliable express delivery from Canada to Portugal.  Shipping directly with these carriers and DHL can be expensive for small and medium sized companies. 

FedEx and UPS shipping options to Portugal from Canada include:

Shipping Portugal from Canada via Purolator Courier
Purolator is Canada's leading domestic carrier and offers international shipping options to Portugal.   Purolator partners utilizes partner carriers, such as UPS for their international parcel shipping.

Ship parcels to Portugal from Canada via Jet Worldwide

Jet Worldwide provides low cost economy express delivery for larger parcels sent from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and all of Canada to Portugal. We partner with the world's premium carriers and local agents and able to provide unique service solutions including dedicated pickups, storage and distribution in Canada, USA, Portugal and EU.   Contact Jet's team for information on international shipping to and from Canada.

Jet Worldwide provides special services to Portugal including time specific pickups, delivery, storage and distribution in Canada, North America, Portugal and European Union.

Shipping Canada from Portugal:

Jet Worldwide also provides pickup in Portugal for delivery to Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and all of Canada. For Portuguese companies seeking access to Canada and the USA, Jet offers e-commerce domestic distribution services.

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Disclaimer:   The information in this blog is for general information only.   Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities.



Written by Timothy Byrnes