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Need to ship something to Canada? No matter whether you areshipping heavy equipment, machinery, electronics, art, antiques, or furniture, Pack and Post is your US to Canada Shipping Company! We have been shipping to Canada for 30 years, and we know our business!
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Shipping Companies Parcel Couriers
Here is a list of companies that shipsmall parcelsto Canada. Each company has strengths and weaknesses, and different rules and requirements. Let Pack and Post help you select the best carrier for your particular shipment.
With 100% coverage of Canada, FedEx is a great choice. Before shipping to Canada with FedEx, check their. Take a look at theirOverview of Shipping to Canada with FedEx. If youre not in a rush,FedEx International Groundservice is a good choice for delivery in 2-7 business days to most of Canada.
For faster service or valuable items, useFedEx Express.
If you are shipping to the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Labrador (postal codes A0K, A0PA0R, A2V and X0AY9Z), your transit time is probably around 12 days. Make sure to factor in the $65 FedEx Northern Canada surcharge. Make sure to ship to a physical address because just like in the US, FedEx Ground does not deliver to Canadian PO boxes.
UPS has a bad reputation with many Canadian shoppers purchasing items from the US due to their practice of excluding their brokerage fees from the shippers rate estimate, and then billing those fees COD to the recipient (seehereherehere. If you factor these fees in up front though,UPS Standardcan still be a good delivery option comparable to FedEx Ground.Worldwide ExpressandWorldwide Saverare good options if you need faster delivery. They also include standard customs clearance. Check the UPSimport guidelinesbefore sending anything.
DHL has great (even amazing) service when sending FROM the United States or Canada to many international countries. However, when sending something from the US to Canada, we would not recommend using them. In 2011 DHL sold its Canadian domestic Express operations to Transforce and its subsidiaryLoomis Express. Loomis and DHL Express do not have great reviews (seeYelp(Toronto),Glassdoor, and thiswell-written rant. Depending on your shipments value, DHL could be a good choice due to their low brokerage/disbursement fee (2.5% of the declared value with a minimum of $7) according tothisforum, which is lower than FedEx and UPS for many values. If you decide to ship to Canada via DHL, make sure to check theand.
USPS can be another good choice for sending small parcels to Canada, especially if you are shipping something light and inexpensive. First-Class International Parcel service is a really cheap option if your parcel is under 4 lbs, under $400 value, less than 24 long, and with less than 36 total length+depth+height. If you use an electronic tool to generate your label, you should still get a tracking number. Normally, USPS shipments (even Priority Mail) are only tracked until they leave the US. According tothis forumthough, you can track your shipment atCanada Postusing the customs number.
If your parcel is between 4 and 20 lbs,MediumorLargePriority Mail International Flat Rateboxes may be a good choice . Also check regular Priority Mail International service (max length 79 and max length plus girth 108). If your parcel is large but light, this could be cheaper than the flat rate.
Express Mail (42 max length, 79 max length plus girth combined) is also an option for faster service. Up to 20 lbs, anExpress Mail Flat Rate Boxmay be your ticket.
Always make sure to check theconditions of mailingto Canada with USPS. If youre still hungry for more information, check out thisEbay Reviewon Shipping to Canada via the US Postal Service, and this forum post atWebmaster Worldcomparing FedEx and USPS shipping to Canada.LTL Freight CarriersYRC
A premier carrier,YRChandlescross-borderand intra-Canada freight shipments. Unlike most LTL carriers, YRC offers an optional brokerage-inclusive option, and brags that 98% of its shipments are pre-cleared. YRC (then Roadway) purchased Reimer Express in 1997 andYRC Reimercontinues to be one Canadas largest freight companies.
With 12Canadian Service CentersFedEx Freight to Canadais one of the largest carriers handling both domestic and cross-border shipments. Before shipping to Canada with FedEx, check out theirFrequently Asked Questions(FAQ) and . Make sure to get a Freight Quote from Pack and Post and compare to the FedEx Retail Rate!
UPS Freightalso ships LTL freight to Canada. They providecoverage informationalong with a list of their 18 Canadian Service Centers. You can also find out where your shipment will be routed on their list ofgateway service centers. Get a Canadian Customs Invoice and Certificate of Origin alsoprovided by UPS.
Con-Way Freightadvertises that they ship to Canada 20% faster than other major LTL carriers, with 16service centersin Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Detroit-Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Scarborough, Montreal, St. Luc, St. John, and Halifax. Your shipment will go through one of nineborder crossings.
In the US, R+L is known as a capable low-cost LTL carrier, with Free Liftgate Service. NowR+Lalso ships from the US to Canada through a partnership withDay Ross. With34 terminals, Day Ross is one of the largest Canadian LTL carriers.
SAIAoffers US-Canada service through a partnership withConcord Transportation. Concord, which was purchased by TransForce in 2011, hasnationwide coveragein Canada.
Most shipments valued under $20 CAD are exempt from Canadian duty and tax. Exceptions include tobacco, books, periodicals, magazines, alcoholic beverages, and goods ordered through a Canadian company. Because there are no duties or taxes on these low-value shipments, carriers do not charge brokerage fees for these shipments either.
Gift shipmentsvalued under $60 are also exempt from duties and taxes. Legitimate gift shipments valued over $60 will only be charged duty on tax on the additional value above $60. Gift shipments must be sent by a friend or relative, and not from a business or as a result of a commercial sale such as eBay or Etsy.
Most shipments including commercial sales are subject toCanadian sales taxes, including GST, HST, and PST. The total sales tax ranges from about 5% in Alberta to 15% in Quebec.
Depending on the type of goods (commodity) being shipped, duties may also be applicable according to the CanadianCustoms Tariff. A rule of thumb for duties is 6%, but they can vary widely. For example, original paintings have no duty, but other reproduction artwork may have a 7% duty. Snowmobiles are duty-free, but golf carts are not. Many types of heavy equipment (excavators, bulldozers, loaders, etc.) are duty-free. However, most small utility equipment has a 6.1% duty.
Most countries charge duty based on the total transaction value including cost, insurance, and freight (CIF). Canada excludes the transportation costs from the place of direct shipment to Canada. See Section 48 of theCanadian Customs Act. Note items 23 and 24 on theCanada Customs Invoice. Item 23 allows for the deduction of transportation charges from the invoice value.
GST is calculated on sum of the dutiable value plus the amount of duty. See Section 215 of the CanadianExcise Tax Act. HST and PST may also be charged depending on the destination.
Effective January 1, 2008, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) removed duties for goods made in and exported to the US, Canada, or Mexico. Acertificate of originis required to substantiate the claim of origin for goods over $2,500 value (this limit wasjust raisedfro
m $1,600 effective January 8, 2013). According to the US Trade RepresentativesNAFTA Certificate of Origin FAQ, the commercial invoice must still certify that the goods meet the NAFTA origin requirements. Also see the NAFTARules of Originfor more information on requirements for Made in USA claims.Export.govalso has some good general information on NAFTA.
For any items subject to duty or tax, carriers will charge brokerage fees.
For items sent via USPS and valued up to $1,600 CAD,Canada Postcharges a flat fee of $9.95 CAD (as of March 2013).
UPS provides a table ofRates for Customs Clearance into Canada. Make sure to note the Additional Service Fees. For example, UPS will charge a COD fee if they have to collect the duties and brokerage fee from the shipment recipient. UPS also charges a disbursement/bond fee when duties and taxes are not paid in advance. Basic customs clearance is free when sending via any Express service (as opposed to UPS Standard Ground). Note that UPS does not include these fees when quoting shipments through UPS WorldShip.
FedExs rates are similar to UPS. See the Clearance Entry Fee and Ancillary Clearance Service Fee sections of theFedEx Feesschedule. The FedEx Advancement/Disbursement fee is 2% with a minimum of $6.50.
DHL only has Express services, and does not have a comparable service to UPS Standard or FedEx International Ground. Standard customs clearance is included for all shipments. DHL charges a 2.5% disbursement fee with a minimum of $7.00. This is not documented on their website.
With the notable exception of YRC, most US Canada freight carriers do not provide customs brokerage services. Instead, the importer typically hires a licensed customs broker to clear the shipment.FedEx Trade NetworksandUPS Supply Chain Solutionsare good choices when shipping with those carriers or even if shipping with another carrier.Link+is another large US Canada customs broker that our customers have used. The Canadian Border Services Agency also provides a full list ofLicensed Customs Brokers.
Its not recommended, but if you are really adventurous, you may wish to try clearing your shipment through customs yourself.Here is a storyof one man who avoided the UPS brokerage fees. Here isanother articleon how to accomplish the same thing. Note that you must appear in person at aCBSA office, and you may be required to pick up the package from a distant carrier warehouse or customs warehouse. Call the CBSA office in advance to make sure they can process your import clearance some handle only exports or other services. See section 14 in theCanada Border Services Agency Step By Step Guide to Importing. Note that some freight carriers may require you to appoint a licensed broker prior to shipment booking or pickup, and you will need their cooperation to provide the Cargo Control Document for your shipment.
Normally the US requires an Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing (formerly known as a Shippers Export Declaration (SED)) through theAutomated Export Systemfor any shipment where the value of a single commodity is over $2,500, or for any commodity when an export license is required. However, when shipping to Canada, the EEI is not required, even if the value of a commodity is over $2,500, as long as the goods are not licensed and do not contain diamonds. See the US Customs and Border Protection article When to apply for an EEI.
Tips to Save Money when Shipping to Canada
Select the best shipping carrier based on each companys specific strengths and pricing methods.
Make sure you have considered all duties, taxes, brokerage, and miscellaneous fees. For a rough estimate of the total, .
Check for any required licenses or permits and make sure that you are not shipping a prohibited item.
Consider having your item shipped to Canada directly from the US manufacturer. If the manufacturer ships frequently, they already know the costs and pitfalls, and may be able to get you a great shipping rate.
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