Canada economy and culture 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. Companies can use Canada as a base camp for their North American operations. Benefit from this Complete International Shipping Guide to Canada.
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There are several options shipping to Canada. Yet, with so many choices comes the potential for confusion. Let’s start with the most common options.
To ship to Canada, you will need to include a Commercial Invoice: This document lists the details of the goods. The details must include the value, quantity, and description. Check with Canadian customs authorities to make sure that the goods are acceptable into Canada. Some goods, such as certain types of food require special permits with restrictions.
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The price of the shipping depends 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.
All shipments to Canada must clear Canadian Customs. Individual orders from online suppliers import on the receivers behalf using the Canadian Border Services Agency’s Courier Low-Value System (LVS) system. The LVS processes allow for conditional release for delivery prior to final processing and payment of import fees. Most cargo arriving via courier under CA$3300 are eligible for LVS clearance.
Foreign companies wishing sending into Canada can integrate the import process by registering as a "foreign importer of record". In this way, you can ship goods in bulk to your Canada customers.
Global businesses are looking for import shipping solutions to Canada. Jet provides assistance to international companies with both Canadian and American logistics solutions.
If sent direct to consumers, the consumer is the importer of record. A company receiving the consignment are the importer of record. Being the importer of record includes having to obtain an importer number.
Yes. All imports to Canada are subject to both prohibitions and restrictions. Items with restrictions include goods such as alcohol, furs, ammunition, and collectible coins, among other things. A higher level of compliance with Canadian law in necessary for these categories of goods.
The best shipping option to Canada depends on several factors. In general, the lowest cost for small personal packages via local post surface options. For heavier shipments, economy air freight is a common option from overseas. Partial and full truckloads from the US is best for pallet cargo. Less than container and full containers via ocean are best large overseas orders.
Useful information: Things to know about Ocean Shipping To Canada.
With the many minimum surcharges for ocean shipments, shipping smaller consignments via air is cheaper. This is especially true for door to door shipping. Generally, shipments of less than 100 kilograms are cheaper via air. Cargo over 500 kilograms are much less expensive via ocean.
High imports costs along with the complexity of import to Canada can seem daunting. For starters, Canada has a low duty free threshold versus the USA, Europe and the UK. Furthermore, ground shipments are subject to entry preparation fees. Express couriers also charge a disbursement fee. Package shipping to Canada can get expensive really fast.
Useful information: In depth review of Canadian Import Fees.
Canada is nearby and the paperwork is not overwhelming. The proximity and land border makes it easy to ship via ground courier and truck load. Most Canadian residents live within 200 miles of the U.S. border. Most Canadian consider online purchases from U.S. retailers and businesses.
What is the shipping cost to Canada from the USA?
The main cost factors are the size and weight of your shipment and location in the USA. The standard transit time for ground or trucking is usually within 1 week. Express courier can be as fast as next day to major Canadian cities. Contact our team for price information.
All cargo from US to Canada must clear Canadian customs. A review of the most common forms necessary for import to Canada are inclusive in this guide.
Useful information: Things to know about shipping from the USA to Canada.
Local post, UPS, FedEx and DHL are all great options for shipping to Canada. Below we break down the price and transit times for these carriers when shipping a package to Canada.
Shipping costs vary on the delivery service, weight, dimensions and other factors. Beyond shipping costs, duties, taxes, tariffs, and other fees are payable upon import to Canada.
* Note: Costs are representative costs only. Actual costs will varies according to the carrier, discount, fuel surcharge, and service options. The estimates represent a significant discount from carriers base rates. Read more about chargeable weight.
Canada represents a great opportunity for companies seeking access to over 35 million consumers and $2 trillion economy. Read more about Section 321 import to the USA.
Canada 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 globally.
Canada has free trade agreements with the world's leading economies.
Canada's Free Trade agreements include:
Benefit from a certificate of origin shipping to Canada
As it is in all shipping, the “what” determines the “how”. At Jet Worldwide, our specialty is Canadian logistics support.
The global options for International shipping to Canada include:
International suppliers can have shipping options inclusive with the order. Other times, Canadian companies are responsible for arranging for transport or prefer at least to get a comparison shipping quote.
Regardless of the carrier or method of transport, the receiver of the goods is the importer. And the importer is responsible for the proper declarations and payment of duty and taxes.
In general, the lowest cost for small personal packages to Canada is via the local post. For heavier shipments, economy air freight is often the best option. Pallets and large commercial orders most ship via truck loads (from the USA and Mexico) and Ocean (from overseas).
Less than container load (LCL) is a good option for sending one or several pallets. The transit time for LCL is longer to account for loading and de-consolidation of the container. Full container loads (FCL) are the fastest shipping option via ocean. FCL can be via 20 foot or 40 foot containers.
All cargo require clearance by the country’s Customs. Canada is no exception. It does have quite a few regulations around guaranteeing public safety, especially around imports.
In addition to a bill of lading and applicable licenses, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires a Canada Customs Invoice (CCI).
Canada adheres to the global Harmonize Tariff System. An item’s HS Code determines its duty, admissibility, and require an examination. Read More About HS Codes.
Depending on the country of manufacture, goods may qualify for preferential duty free import to Canada. Canada's has Free Trade Agreements with most of the world's leading economies.
Export requirements are the responsibility of the shipper. It is useful to understand that some cargo to Canada may be subject to export requirements.
Most often, the value of the goods you are shipping is the Transaction Value. Meaning, the actual cost of the item. The declaration value to Canada customs is commonly 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 is not acceptable to customs.
Manifests or Cargo Control Documents (CCDs), which are sometimes necessary when shipping more than one package at a time.
Verify your Invoice for Customs
Although customs entry preparation customs clearance can be inclusive, importers often choose to use their own customs brokers.
For large volumes and shipping containers, importers often consider using a freight forwarders. They provide both ocean transit and inland transportation. Many have associations with customs brokers for a more seamless process.
Even with free trade agreements, duty and customs rules apply when forwarding packages to Canada. Notify your customers that custom taxes may apply. It is not the sellers responsibility to pay these fees (unless you offer DDP shipping). Verify Canadian import fees.
Canada has a tariff classification process for postal and courier imports. The system is in lieu of a more detail classification. This a great benefit for e-commerce imports. Useful information regarding HS codes to Canada.
Canadian duty assessment is 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 section above).
In most cases, items to Canada ship Delivery Duty Unpaid (or DDU*). The Canadian buyer is responsible for payment of import fees. Prepaid shipping does not include prepaid duty. 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 trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce / ICC. It is useful to at least understand the existence of Incoterms and visit ICC’s website for further explanation.
In general, the duty free threshold to Canada is CA$20. It is higher for goods that ship from the USA and Mexico. This is thanks to the CUSMA free trade agreement. Read more about low value thresholds and Canadian import fees.
The Canada Low Value Shipment (LVS) program is a customs program. It streamlines processing of low value courier consignments to Canada. The program applies to shipments CAD$3,300 or less.
The LVS program makes it easier for importers to import low value shipments. Express processing and ensuring payment of duties and taxes. It reduces the administrative burden on importers and helps facilitate trade to Canada.
Under the Canada LVS program, importers provide a summary declaration. This includes information about the importer, the supplier, and importing goods. The summary declaration must submit through the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 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.
International companies shipping to Canada need a solution to manage returns. This can be as simple as having a Canadian address.
Have your receipt of returns for consolidation. In addition, we can provide product kitting, repacking and reconditioning.
Jet Worldwide provides shipping solutions to the USA via Canada. Contact our team for details.
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Canada has trade agreements with most of the world's major economies. The good news is that Canada’s newest Free Trade Agreements make declaring a Country of Origin much easier by allowing the Certification of Origin to be included on the shipping paperwork. The ability to ship Canada Origin goods to over 30 major economies duty-free is a major competitive advantage for Canadian Companies. If you’re a Small Business Shipping Internationally, getting familiar with the available Free Trade Agreements can make it easier to reach foreign markets and can save your international customer import duty (and ultimately lower the cost of your product). Learn more about Shipping from Canada to other parts of the world, as well as Importing into Canada.
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