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Things to know: Shipping to Mexico from Canada

Shipping to Mexico from Canada

Canada and Mexico share a growing economic relationship. Canada and Mexico are each other’s third-largest trading partners. Trade between the two countries exceed $30 billion per year. With the new CPTPP, free trade between Mexico and Canada is sure to grow. Canadian companies are seeking low-cost delivery to Mexico. Companies depend on low-cost shipping to Mexico from Canada.

Below we break down the differences in service levels for shipping to Mexico, including price, customs clearance and transit times.

There are several options for shipping from Canada to Mexico. The best option depends on your specific needs and priorities. Factors to consider include the size and weight of your package and the speed of delivery.

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A Shipping Guide to Mexico but first a some points to consider

  1. Canada Post is best for individuals shipping personal items to Mexico
  2. Market dominant carriers, such as UPS, FedEx have high base pricing. Discounted shipping via resellers who provide discounted quotes: Get a comparison shipping rate to Mexico.

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This Guide for Shipping to Mexico from Canada explores the best shipping options to Mexico. And so much more!

  • Carrier options for shipping to Mexico from Canada
  • Information required for a shipping quote (fill in form below)
  • Canadian Export Declaration for Shipments to Mexico
  • Shipping terms to Mexico delivery duty paid or unpaid
  • Import costs and processes to Mexico
  • Canada, USA, Mexico cross border Laredo and beyond
  • CPTPP Free Trade between Mexico and Canada
  • CUSMA T-MEC Free Trade between Canada and Mexico
  • CPTPP versus CUSMA/T-MEC rules of origin
  • Understanding a certificate of origin
  • CFDI and Complemento Carta Porte
  • Carrier options for shipping TO Canada from Mexico
  • Common Canadian import fees for imports from Mexico
  • Duty Free Import TO Canada from Mexico for low value shipments
  • Additional resources for shipping from Canada and shipping to Canada

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Canada post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small packets and personal goods to Mexico.

Full and partial truck loads are best for shipping pallets and large commercial orders.

FedEx, UPS and DHL are well known options for shipping priority air shipments from Canada to Mexico.

 

Jet Worldwide provides Canadian and North American logistics support. Our solutions include discounted shipping with major carriers and truck loads.

 

How can I get lower international shipping to Mexico from Canada

Use a shipping cost calculator to compare rates from different carriers.

  • Consider surface options via the local post.
  • Ship smaller packages to reduce the volume weight. Read about chargeable weight.
  • If you are shipping a large volume of packages, you may be able to negotiate a discounted rate directly with the major carriers.
  • Consider using a third-party shipping service that can provide both savings and - more important - logistics support.
  • Check to see if your goods quality for duty free import. Read more about the CUSMA T-MEC.
  • Consider using ocean transportation instead of air shipping for large commercial orders.

Canadian Export Declaration for Shipments to Mexico

For shipments from Canada to Mexico valued at CAD 2,000 and above (or otherwise regulated) require a Canadian export declaration.

Read more about Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS).


Shipping terms to consider when shipping to Mexico from Canada

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). Common carriers use the term Ex Works (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.

Shipments shipped via a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) options no charges to the receiver in Mexico. Useful information to confirm the correct shipping terms.


Carrier Shipping Options to Mexico from Canada

Delivery to Mexico via Canada Post

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Canada Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items to Mexico.

Most packages under 2 kg can ship via Canada-Post "small packet" services. Delivery of Parcels sent to Mexico via Canada Post is via Mexpost.

Postal options are the logistical place to start for e-commerce business shipping to Mexico. Canada Post is best for individuals shipping to a relative or friend.

Canada Post services to Mexico include small packet and international parcel options.


Delivery to Mexico via FedEx/UPS Canada

FedEx and UPS are North America's largest parcel carriers and offer - along with DHL- reliable express delivery. These carriers can be expensive, especially for small companies who are unable to benefit from significant discounts.

FedEx easy to set up accounts with FedEx or UPS. By enrolling in their programs you will see your discount level. Discounts are on on published transportation charges. Discounts on surcharges, special handling fees, duties, taxes or other additional charges are available only for their major customers.

FedEx and UPS express shipping options to Mexico include:

  • International priority express to Mexico
  • International economy air

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Delivery to Mexico from Canada via Jet Worldwide

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Read more about LTL shipping to Mexico from Canada.


Shipping via ground to Mexico from Canada

Ground transport provides low-cost shipping and is available via UPS and FedEx trucking subsidiaries. UPS Freight offers quality LTL service, which does not include Mexican customs' clearance, between Canada and Mexico.

Canada Post also offers international surface to Mexico and is ideal for individuals who seek to the lowest-cost option from Canada to Mexico.


Efficient Mexico USA Border Crossings Beyond Laredo

Laredo is the largest inland port on the Mexican border with all major transportation companies having facilities in Laredo. The city is on the southern end of I-35 close to the manufacturers in northern Mexico. Contact Jet’s logistics team for Mexico, USA, Canada cross border solutions.

Import clearance to Mexico shipping from Canada

The import process to Mexico is through its customs agency, known as the Administración General de Aduanas (AGA).

Before shipping, make sure the consignee can import the goods into Mexico. Depending on the type of goods being importing, a specific permit or license from the AGA may be necessary. This is particularly the case for goods that are subject to certain restrictions or regulations, such as textiles and controlled substances.

When shipping to Mexico from Canada, it is important to provide paperwork - including an invoice for customs;- to ensure an accurate declaration to customs.

It is important to confirm compliance with the importer and relevant authorities prior to shipping goods into Mexico.


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Mexico's Value Added Tax (IVA)

Mexico's IVA rate is 16%. Although the US$50 threshold established, Mexican customs has right to assess duty and tax, regardless of the shipment value.

Note: There is no IVA for Books that import to Mexico from Canada

Duty Exemption (De minimis Value): $117 USD*
Tax Exemption (De minimis Value): $50 USD*
TAX/IV: default rate of 16%

Items under US $1,000 to private individuals that import free of duty but assessed IVA.

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Formal clearance processes for import to Mexico

Items valued over US $1,000 to businesses and US $5,000 to individuals require a formal customs' entry.

For a formal entry, the importer in Mexico must register and provide additional documentation.

Shipping menaje de Casey / personal effects shipping from Canada to Mexico

While Jet Worldwide does not accept personal effects to Mexico from Canada. We are pleased to provide the rules (that are quite strict to qualify for duty-free importation):

To benefit from duty-free clearance in Mexico for your shipment, the consignee must provide:

These restrictions include:

  • New clothing or textiles: New clothes (which are not personal effects) will are subject to duty and taxes.
  • Used clothing: The consignee must provide passport, airline ticket or boarding pass (not older than 3 months).
  • The consignee must provide proof of address (only for Mexican residents no longer than 3 months).
  • Menaje de casa or household materials: the consignee must provide FM3 form.
  • A detailed list of the incoming items in a letter (stamped by the consulate/embassy). With airline ticket or boarding pass and passport with the entrance stamp in Mexico.
  • Food supplements, vitamins, medicines, and many other items cannot clear as personal effects.
Jet Worldwide does not accept personal effects shipments to Mexico.

Textiles to Mexico

We often get requests to ship used clothes to Mexico. We generally do not accept textile shipments to Mexico as the regulations are restrictive.


Shipping "shipping parts" from Canada to Mexico

Canadian shipyards have secured major international contracts to a variety of companies with vessels operating in several areas, including the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Jet Worldwide's express delivery - and special services - can help Canadian maritime firms get critical parts and supplies to their Mexican customers.

Gifts

Mexico's customs does not have a special category for gifts. The importer must pay duties and taxes - even thought they did not purchase the item.

Jet Worldwide's Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) option to Mexico enables you to pay customs import charges in Canadian dollars. When using this service, you can be sure that the person receiving your gift is free of fees. Jet's DDP service is also useful for companies sending samples or warranty replacement parts to Mexico from Canada.


CUSMA T-MEC or CPTPP duty-free Canada Import from Mexico

  • Duty-free and tax-free entry for most imports under US $50
  • Duty-free entry for most Mexican parcels under US $117
  • Simplified "Certification of Origin" for values under US $1,000

Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates are generally applicable for good traded between Mexico and Canada. Goods that meet the rules of origin under CUSMA/T-Mec or CPTPP can benefit from preferential duty-free import. Importers must choose which free trade program they wish to invoke at the time of import. Benefit from Canada's free trade agreements.

The MFN tariff rates of Canada and Mexico apply to goods that do not meet the rules of origin.

Understanding the difference: Shipping from Canada versus Canadian Origin


CUSMA T-MEC and duty-free clearance for Canadian parcels

    Canada origin goods (that qualify as such under CUSMA T-MEC rules) can import duty-free to Mexico. For goods valued below US $1,000 a simplified "certification of origin" on the invoice is acceptable. We recommend including a separate certificate nonetheless.

CPTPP duty-free clearance of goods shipped to Mexico From Canada

CPTPP and CUSMA/T-Mec offer similar benefits for shipping between Mexico and Canada. Some specific elements, such as country of origin rules can benefit shippers and understood to shipping. Only one method of preferential duty treatment can apply (CPTPP vs CUSMA/T-MEC) for a specific shipment.

Goods approved with proper “proof of origin’ supporting paperwork can export from Canada for duty-free clearance in Mexico. CUSMA T-MEC and CPTPP rules are different.

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CUSMA vs. CPTPP rules of origin shipping between Mexico and Canada

Mexican and Canadian exporters and importers can choose between the CUSMA / T-MEC or CPTPP free trade agreements. .Both the CPTPP and the USMCA include rules of origin that determine which goods qualify for preferential treatment. They generally specify the percentage of a product's content that must originate from the participating countries in order to qualify for preferential treatment.

  • Under the CPTPP, he specific percentage requirements vary depending on the type of product. Determinants include the product materials, the cost of its production, and other factors. For example at least 45% of most auto parts must originate from a CPTPP country.
  • Under the USMCA, rules of origin are on on the percentage of a product's origin content. The specific percentage requirements vary depending on the type of product. Determinants include the value of the product's materials, the cost of its production, or other factors. For example, for most automotive products require at least 75% origin content.

It's important to note that the rules of origin under both the CPTPP and the USMCA are complex and may change over time. It is important to verify compliance with industry experts and relevant government agencies prior to shipping.

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Including a Certificate of Origin shipping between Mexico and Canada

To benefit from preferential duty free import to Mexico or Canada, the shipment must include a certificate of origin or COO.

Effective in 2024, Mexico only accepts the ‘Importer’ as the Certifier, for goods imported into Mexico.

Read more: Certificate of Origin Explained


Proof of origin

The key part of all trade agreements is ensuring the goods qualify under the rules of origin. Goods shipping from Canada to Mexico do not automatically qualify for duty-free status. Determining the country of origin is not only by the ship from address.

The country of origin rules can still get complex. Review the guidelines for country of origin qualification prior to processing.


Information needed under CPTPP to Mexico

In order to claim the preferential tariff treatment to Mexico from Canada under CPTPP, a set of data elements is necessary. Known as a ‘certification of origin’ or COO. The certifier can be the exporter, producer or importer of the goods. The certification can included on the commercial invoice or on a separate document. We recommend both including it on the invoice and referencing the separate certification. The data elements do not have to follow a prescribed format but with a required minimum set of data elements. In addition, the that import goods must originate and export from a CPTPP ratified country.

Note: The certification of origin include a signature and date from the Certifier

sample origin statement CUSMCA TMEC

For full details regarding the minimum data requirements for the certification of origin, please refer to Annex 3-B of the CPTPP agreement.


Information for commercial goods sent to Mexico seeking CPTPP duty-free entry

Canada-origin products valued less than US $1000 only requires a signed statement. The statement can be from the importer, exporter or producer certifying that the goods originate from Canada. This can be part of - or in addition to - the commercial invoice. All other supporting document is necessary.

Higher-value shipments require a certification of origin to claim CPTPP preferential tariff treatment.

DUTY FREE ≠ TAX FREE:

It is important to understand that duty-free clearance via free trade agreements apply to duty assessments but not taxes. All goods - even those cleared duty-free - are subject to Mexican taxes (Value Added Tax of 16%).


CFDI Mexico

The CFDI, or Comprobante Fiscal Digital por Internet, is an electronic invoice used in Mexico to document transactions between businesses. Mexican businesses issue CFDIs for sales made within Mexico.

Only CFDI v4.0 with Carta Porte v2.0 is valid (other versions of the CFDI or Carta Porte are not acceptable).


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Complemento Carta Porte: Additional Requirements for Mexico shipments

The main objective of the Complmento Carta Porte is to prove the legal possession of merchandise during transportation. All non compliant shipments are subject to penalties.

The Mexican Tax Authority (SAT) requires any entities sending goods through Mexico to modify their electronic invoices. The electronic invoices or CFDI (in Spanish) must include the Carta Porte supplement. All freight must have the supplement.

Information required by Complemento Carta Porte can include:

Regulated parties affected by the Carta Porte supplement includes the owner of the transfering goods , intermediaries and agents of transport, and hauling companies. The suppliers of transportation services should issue a CFDI of Revenues with the Carta Porte supplement.

Note that this information is via public information. All parties should confirm compliance with Mexican Authorities prior to shipping.

Additional resources:

  1. https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/el-empresario/Cuales-son-los-retos-y-las-multas-del-Complemento-Carta-Porte-20211202-0162.html
  2. https://www.sat.gob.mx/consultas/68823/complemento-carta-porte-

Shipping to Canada from Mexico

The carrier options to Canada from Mexico include the Mexican Post Correos (preferred method for individuals), FedEx, UPS and DHL.

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Goods that import to Canada are subject to duty and taxes. Consignments under CA$3,300 can import via Canada's low value system (LVS). Read more: Canadian Import Fee's Explained

Mexican origin goods may qualify for preferential duty-free entry under the T-MEC / CUSMA an CPTPP free trade agreements (CETA) regardless of value.


Getting a quote for shipping between Mexico and Canada

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