Shipping From The US To Canada Guide • Planet Express

Do You Want To Ship To Canada From The US?

In this guide, you will find all the information needed for the shipping package from the US to Canada.

We are going to explain to you, how does it work, how much does it cost, how to declare the goods, what are the prohibitions & restrictions, and much more.

If you are interested in specific sections only (costs, VAT, delivery time, etc.), take advantage of our navigation below.

How Does The Shipping To Canada Work?

Generally, there are 2 most used ways how to ship goods and personal items from the US to Canada. The first is you find some carrier like FedEx, contact them, schedule the pickup and they deliver the package to your delivery address. It works, but it is ridiculously expensive.

The second way is to take advantage of a package forwarding company like Planet Express. You can benefit from several advantages when using the package forwarder. The following table shows the pros and cons of traditional shipping and package forwarding (Planet Express).

Traditional ShippingPlanet Express
Costs of the shippingVery expensiveMuch cheaper
Delivery timeDepending on the delivery methodDepending on the delivery method
Additional servicesVery limitedWide selection*
Delivery methodsLimited, depending on the carrierWide selection (more carriers)
Customer supportVery slowVery responsive and helpful
Package consolidationn/aAvailable

*Read below how you can benefit from our additional services.

Shipping From The US To Canada With Planet Express

Whether you wanna shop from the US stores that don’t offer delivery to Canada, or you just want to send some personal items, Planet Express is here to help you with that. The shipping process can be described in 3 simple steps.

1. Getting a Free US Address

At Planet Express we can provide you with a free US address in Gardena, California, and also with a premium sales-tax-free address in Portland, Oregon. You can use these addresses for orders from the US stores, or even for packages containing your personal items, eventually gifts from your friends that live in the US.

2. Using Your US Address

When you have the Planet Express address, feel free to use it for receiving the orders from the US online stores. Once we receive packages addressed to you, we link them with your account and send you the notification email. Then you can take advantage of one of our additional services. Once you decide to send the package to your home address in Canada, proceed to step 3.

3. Choosing The Delivery Method From The US To Canada

Before we can send the package to you, you have to complete the customs declaration. It is an online form where you describe the contents of the package. It is closely tied up with customs and it allows customs officers when checking the imported package.

Once you finish the declaration, you can choose the delivery method that suits your needs. We offer quick delivery methods and even cheap, slower ones. Read more about the methods in the following section.


Shipping Price And Time From The US To Canada

Prices of the shipping from the US to Canada are very affordable. For smaller packages, the price starts on lower dozens of dollars. The estimated postage and delivery time can be calculated using our postage calculator.

Planet Express Postage Calculator

The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and the delivery method you choose. To lower the price to a minimum, choose slower delivery methods. Here are examples of the shipping prices of different packages from the US to Quebec:

Delivery method 1 lb, 10×7×4 inches 10 lbs, 15×10×8 inches 20 lbs, 20×13×10 inches
Planet Mail Economy$6,87n/an/a
Planet Mail Express$6,78n/an/a
FedEx Economy$29,74$32,24$43,19
FedEx Priority$31,99$33,67$49,91
FedEx Ground$32,27$44,04$56,56
USPS ePacket$14,03n/an/a
USPS Express$18,83$59,25$110,4
USPS Priorityn/a$50,09$84,44
DHL$93,14$108,7$130,26

Note: The prices have been calculated on the 21st of April 2020

The more expensive methods like DHL Worldwide Express, FedEx Priority, and FedEx Economy, are suitable for those that want to enjoy the content of the package as soon as possible.

The delivery from the US to Canada usually takes around 4 business days with express methods and 5 to 15 business days with cheaper, ‘economy’ methods.

Tip: Our customers from Canada especially love the USPS ePacket, FedEx Economy, Express, & Ground and Planet Mail Express.


Duty & TAX

Canada has no de minimis value on duty & TAX. This means you have to pay duty & TAX from every imported package.

Customs duty rate varies according to a product category. Find them on cbsa-asfc.gc.ca website.

The standard TAX (GST) rate in Canada is 5%. You don’t have to pay the GST on the following goods that are imported into Canada by mail:

– goods worth CAN$20 or less,
– gifts from family members or friends who live abroad when the worth is CAN$60 or less.

For more detailed information about import & export, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

The completion of the customs declaration is the responsibility of each customer. If you do not know how to do it, read our guide How to fill out the customs declaration.


Prohibitions & Restrictions On Goods Imported To Canada

There are also some restrictions & prohibitions on some goods. Each carrier has its own list of prohibited items. So what you can’t ship from the US to Canada? You can read the terms of each carrier under the following links:

The most important information for you is that we cannot ship the following items from the US to Canada:

Firearms and weaponsFood, plants, animals and related products
Explosives, fireworks, and ammunitionVehicles
Consumer products (baby walkers, jequirity beans…)

Source: cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

If you are not sure whether some restrictions apply to your goods, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website, review the above terms of each carrier or contact us at [email protected].


Take Advantage Of Some Of Our Other Services

Planet Express is not just about forwarding packages. We also offer our customers additional services such as consolidationfulfillment or Shop For Me service.

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Calculate the Postage Price in Advance

You can easily calculate the postage price in advance. Take advantage of our postage calculator. Just fill in some details and you will get an estimate of the price and delivery time.

Calculate the price

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Let Us Shop For You

Don’t you have time to shop, or does the business not accept your preferred payment methodTell us what and where you want to buy and we will do the work for you.

Use Shop For Me

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Save Up To 80% With Consolidation

f you order more pieces of goods from different stores and you want to save on postage, we recommend using the consolidation serviceYou can save up to 80%.

More about Consolidation

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Do You Have Any Other Wish?

Do you need to scan documents, remove invoices from the package, check the status of the goods, fill customs declaration, or something else? Just make a special request.

More about Special Requests


Why Choose Planet Express?

✅ We offer one of the best prices on the market.
✅ We provide excellent English speaking customer support.
✅ We have great customer reviews.

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Useful Information For Purchase And Package Forwarding From The US To Canada

Read our blog, where we regularly publish tips for different kinds of goods. Also, make sure you visit our following page where you can tutorials on how to order from the most popular US stores.

We deliver to all parts of Canada – from Victoria to St John’s, from Calgary to Toronto, Ottawa, Québec… We cover 100 % of the cities and villages in Canada. You can manage everything from the comfort of your home.


Shipping From The US To Canada FAQ

💵 How much does it cost to ship from the US to Canada?

The price of the shipping to Canada varies depending on the delivery method you choose, the dimensions and the weight of the package. Cheaper methods costs between $5 to $20. The more expensive ones are usually above $40 for the smaller packages.

⏱ How long does it take to deliver from the US to Canada?

Getting a package from the US to Canada takes around 4 business days with fast delivery methods, about 10-20 business days with slower delivery methods.

💰 Is shipping to Canada expensive?

It depends on what do you wanna ship and how. If you use traditional shipping (ie. you use carrier directly), you will pay much more then using a package forwarding company.

🇨🇦 How do I ship from the US to Canada?

Step #1: Get a US address for free with Planet Express. Sign up now.
Step #2: Order goods to one of the addresses you get from us. We offer a sales-tax-free address in Oregon for our premium users too.
Step #3: When we receive your order, you get a notification email from us. Then we can forward your package to your home address in Canada. Read more…

✈️ Does USPS ship to Canada?

Of course, USPS delivers to Canada. They offer several methods including USPS ePacket, USPS Priority, USPS Express.
With Planet Express, you will get discounted rates on these methods so you can save a lot of money.

✈️ Does FedEx ship to Canada?

Yes, FedEx delivers to Canada. At Planet Express, you can choose from FedEx Economy, FedEx Priority, and FedEx Ground delivery methods. We offer discounted rates for these methods.

✈️ Does DHL ship to Canada?

Absolutely, DHL delivers to Canada. It takes around 4 business days to deliver.


Fulfillment

Our fulfillment center services are used by those who want to save on storage costs. We offer the opportunity to rent storage space in the California warehouse. In addition, we will handle logistics for you, your only concern being the marketing of your business and the administration. For individual calculation, please contact us at [email protected]