Ecommerce sellers to Canada often inquire as to alternative shipping options within Canada. We have created this post to assist with these inquiries we get on this subject.Read More
More than ever, Canadian companies want to find better ways to connect with their suppliers while international companies are seeking access to the Canadian market.
Categories of Shippers to Canada include:
For many small businesses and individuals, the process of receiving international orders to Canada happens largely behind the scenes. For many, receiving international orders is simply a matter of paying import fees charged by the post officer or carrier. However, it is important – especially for growing Canadian businesses – to understand the import process in order to find ways to minimize costs.
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.
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:
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.
It’s useful to research the items you are purchasing and understand the relevant data points for import, including the item’s:
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.
Due to the sheer volume of trade (billions of dollars each day!), the NEW North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the USA and Mexico works a little differently. Much of the trade that happens between the three countries is large commodity trade via truck and rail under the specific rules and guidelines of the New NAFTA (also known as the USMCA/CUSMA/T-MEC). The proximity between them enables low-cost ground shipping, allowing shippers to choose between Parcel Post and Global Carriers.
As international e-commerce has grown, so has the demand for shipping to Canada from the rest of the world. Canada's largest trading partners beyond the US and Mexico include: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the European Union, the UK and Australia. Fortunately, Canada has Free Trade Agreements with most of world's leading economies:
Importing to Canada has never been easier. Online e-commerce technologies and ever evolving Free Trade Agreements are connecting suppliers and customers across borders. Jet Worldwide is proud to continue our mission of connecting people, parcels and businesses around the world.
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.