Ship Smarter to Canada and North America

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Things to know when importing to Canada

Canada economy and culture is built on international connections with both Canadian and international companies seeking to ship direct to Canada and North America . International companies seek access to the Canadian market and many use Canada as a base camp for their North American operations which benefit from free trade and well developed truck, rail cross border processes.

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Shipping and Import to Canada

Companies want to find better ways to connect with their Canadian customers and suppliers.

In this post, we review the major issues to consider when shipping to Canada including:

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Best Options for Economical Shipping to Canada from Ecuador

The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and the delivery method you choose.

No matter who you ship with, it is important to understand the Canadian import process in order to find ways to minimize costs and delays.

All shipments to Canada must clear Canadian Customs. Individual orders from online suppliers are often imported on the importer’s behalf using the Canadian Border Services Agency’s Courier Low-Value System (LVS) system. The LVS processes allow for goods to be conditionally released for delivery prior to final processing and payment of import fees,. Most parcels shipped via courier valued under CA$3300 are eligible for LVS clearance.

If you are a foreign company wishing to ship to Canada, you may be able to integrate the import process into your regular shipping by registering as a "foreign importer of record". In doing so, you can more easily ship goods in bulk to your Canada customers.


Shipping direct to Canadian customers

Global businesses are increasingly looking for import shipping solutions to Canada. Jet provides assistance to international companies with both Canadian and American logistics solutions.

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If goods are shipped direct to consumers, the consumer will be the importer of record. If a company is selling and importing the goods, they will be the importer of record. Being the importer of record includes having to obtain an importer number.

Other things to consider when shipping to Canada include:

  • Provincial licenses that may be required when selling direct to consumers.
  • Health Canada approvals for products
  • Safe Foods for Canadians Act may apply for food items shipped to Canada
  • Goods and Services Tax, Harmonized Sales Tax and provincial taxes (read about Canadian import fees)
  • Tariff classification for all imports (read more about HS Codes)
  • Country of Origin must be declared for all imports.
  • Valuation is an important part of the declaration to the CBSA (read more about valuation).
  • Labeling for goods to Canada may require both French and English.

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Ecuador Companies seeking access to the North America

Canada represents a great opportunity for companies seeking access to over 35 million consumers and nearly $2 trillion economy. Canada also represents a great way to access the USA with the largest free trade border in the world. Jet Worldwide helps companies access Canada, the USA and North America via innovative logistics processes for parcels, pallets and online orders. Jet's e-commerce support includes reverse logistics, Canadian address receiving, and shipping to Ecuador.


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Carrier Options for Shipping to Canada from Ecuador

As it is in all shipping, the “what” determines the “how”. At Jet Worldwide, our specialty is the import of individual orders shipped via air parcels or pallets by companies of all sizes; large companies that need processes to complement their logistics and small companies who need innovative solutions.

The global options for International shipping to Canada include:

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  • Parcel Post: Correos Ecuador is the best option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items to Canada. Importing to Canada via the postal service is often less subject to oversight and fees. However postal clearances have been delayed due to high volumes and enforcement related to increased security, intellectual property protection and payment of duty and taxes.
  • Global Carriers: FedEx, UPS and DHL are global brands that offer international air shipping to Canada with integrated pickup, delivery and clearance. Their capacity is available via shipping with these carriers direct or via their partners (see below).

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  • Freight Forwarders: When shipping large commodities and ocean containers, freight forwarders and "third party logistics" (3PL) providers are often the best option. Read more about LTL shipping between USA and Canada.
  • Specialized Carriers and Resellers: Jet Worldwide has the global and regional partnerships as well as the international expertise, to assist you with low cost solutions for your specialized imports and distribution services.

Often international suppliers have preferred shipping options that can be bundled with the order. Alternatively, Canadian companies often are responsible for arranging for transport or prefer at least to get a comparison quote.

Regardless of the carrier or method of transport or carrier, the receiver of the goods are responsible for the proper import declaration and payment of duty and taxes.

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Describing Your Items and valued declaration for Import to Canada

It’s useful to research the items you are purchasing and understand the relevant data points for import, including the item’s:

  • Product Description and HS Code: Canada adheres to the globally recognized Harmonized Tariff System which manages the widely used Harmonized Tariff System Code. An item’s HS Code determines its duty, admissibility, and whether or not it should be physically examined.

Read More About HS Codes

  • Country of Origin: Depending on the country where the goods were manufactured, they may qualify for preferential duty free import to Canada under one of Canada's many Free Trade Agreements.
  • Export Requirements: Even though export requirements are the responsibility of the international seller or shipper, it is useful to understand that some goods shipped to Canada may be subject to export requirements.
  • Valuation: More often than not, when you are asked for the value of the goods you are shipping, you’re being asked for the item’s Transaction Value or Declared Value. Meaning, the actual cost of the item. The declared value to Canada customs is most often the Transaction Value - or the price paid. The valuation can become less clear when, for example, a supplier is shipping you free samples or warranty parts. In this case, it’s best to use the value of similar items, as a zero dollar value won’t be accepted at customs.

Read More About Methods of Valuation

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Understanding Canadian Import Fees

Canadian duty is assessed primarily on the item’s HS Code, Country of Origin and Valuation. Goods may qualify for preferential duty free import via one of Canada's many free trade agreements (see below).

In most cases, items ordered to Canada are sold Delivery Duty Unpaid (or DDU*). The Canadian buyer is responsible for payment of import fees even if shipping is included. International shippers who send, for example, samples or warranty parts to Canada may want to consider shipping their goods Delivery Duty Paid (or DDP*).

*DDU and DDP are terms known as Incoterms®., a registered trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce / ICC. It is useful to at least understand the existence of Incoterms and visit ICC’s website if further explanation is needed.

Read More About International Shipping Terms

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Canada-sales-tax-graphicLow Value Duty Free Threshold to Canada

In general, the duty free threshold to Canada is CA$20 but it can be higher for goods shipped from the USA and Mexico (thanks to USMCA/ CUSMA free trade provisions ). The actual amount varies according to from where the goods are sent and method of shipping. Goods shipped via parcel carrier from the USA and Mexico benefit from higher duty free thresholds.

Understanding Canadian Import Fees

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CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management System

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) facilitates the importation of goods to Canada. CARS streamlines the payment of duty, application of HS codes and entire import process for commercial goods. Read more about CARM.

Foreign companies becoming a Canadian Importer or Record

Canada’s non-resident importer program enables foreign companies to obtain a business number and act as the “importer of record.” Being able to act as the importer of record removes the burden of customs clearance from the Canadian customer and can facilitates the sale.

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E-commerce to Canada Managing Canadian Returns

International companies shipping to Canada need a solution to manage returns. This can be as simple as having a Canadian address to where the goods can be sent to for full logistics support including restocking, product kitting, repacking and reconditioning.

Jet Worldwide provides shipping solutions to the USA via Canada. Contact our team for details.


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jet-secure-ship-vectorShipping to Canada via Jet Worldwide

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  • Jet Worldwide provides options for shipping between the world and Canada for parcels, pallets, LTA, Freight and online orders.
  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency and world class logistics support.

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Jet Worldwide gives access to all companies seeking shipping quotes to Canada for parcels pallets, and online orders.

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