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What is the cheapest way to ship to Canada?

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The cheapest way to ship to Canada:

Currently, the cheapest way to ship to Canada is by using the United States Postal Service. Orders are shipped via USPS to the Canada Post (Canada's postal service) which handles final delivery of the package. 

More about Canadian duties, taxes, and handling fees:

Any item valued over CAN$20 is subject to duty and tax fees and a $9.95 handling fee.

Canada Border Services Agency page on Duty, Taxes, and Handling fees.

Calculate your shipping rate to send packages to Canada.

NOTE: ShippingEasy provides international discounts on Priority Rates compared to the USPS official calculator. Learn more.

The next best options:

UPS:

The cheapest way to send a package to Canada through UPS is by UPS Standard, which delivers to all Canadian provinces directly to your recipients door. Rates for UPS Standard to Canada do not include customs clearance, duties, tax, or handling fees.

UPS page on Standard shipping to Canada.

UPS price calculator to estimate rates for shipping to Canada.

FedEx:

When using FedEx, their International Ground service is the cheapest way to ship to Canada. FedEx claims on their site shipping to Canada is faster through their International Economy service.

FedEx page on shipping to Canada.

Fees that can be incurred from FedEx and UPS on Canadian shipments:

Shipping to Canada through UPS or FedEx can incur fees not typically associated with domestic fees, such as broker fees and line item fees. Using FedEx's service fees document, examples of potential charges include:

  • Additional line items over 5: CAN$3.75 each
  • Disbursement fee: CAN$10 or 2.5% of duty-and-tax charges
  • Fax or Call Fee: CAN$4
  • Clearance Entry Fee: CAN$0-CAN$70

Source: FedEx service fees document

UPS has similar fees as FedEx when shipping to Canada.

 

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  • Avatar
    Darrin Smith

    Shipping to Canada via USPS is also the best way to lose your package! I've shipped 3 packages to a friend in Brandon, MB in Canada over the past two years, including 3 greeting cards. They have all disappeared!

    The USPS here in the USA claims "we cant do anything about it once it leaves the country", which is BS.

    The postal service in Canada claims these items were "delivered", but they have NO proof of any kind of delivery to anyone, much less the person they were actually mailed to.

    So either the USPS or the Canadian postal service are thieves or complete braindead morons who just hand out packages to anyone who walks through the post office doors!!!

    They are supposed to check ID, but apparently cant' even do something as simple as that!!!!

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    Jennifer R. [ShippingEasy]

    Hi Darrin -

    I'm so sorry to hear about the trouble that you've had shipping to Canada. Tracking oversees is a little less straight forward than domestic tracking. In fact, very few USPS services include tracking to the destination, also known as Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service (E-DelCon for short).

    When a service that does not provide E-DelCon is used, the package can only be tracked in the United States. However, many countries (Canada included) allow for E-DelCon on specific package and service types. For USPS, the compatible services are:

    Priority Mail International:

    • Small Flat Rate Box 
    • Flat Rate Envelopes (excluding Flat Rate Gift Card Envelope)

    First Class International Package Service:

    • Thick envelope 
    • Package

    You can read more about E-DelCon in these articles:

    The Priority Mail International options are going to get your package delivered faster. Usually within 6-10 business days. However, you'll often pay a little more for these services. Also, your items will need to be relatively small to fit in the eligible Flat Rate packages. Learn more about Priority Mail

    The First Class International Package Service options will give you greater flexibility for the size of your package, although these must weight less than 4 lbs. The services will also cost less, but the delivery times are much less predictable. In fact, the USPS doesn't provide estimated delivery times. Learn more about First Class Package Service

    If you want to be sure that a package was delivered to a person, you can also add Signature Confirmation to these services. While it's an extra fee, you'll get the extra assurance of who received the package. Learn more about Signature Confirmation

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    Erenav

    Wanted to add my experience: I've shipped using USPS from Atlanta GA to Alberta Canada, since I'd heard too many stories of UPS packages being stuck at canadian customs, since this was a gift i chose priority usps. Got there in 10 days and tracking was provided free of charge, but the route it took made no sense- all the way NAshville then Miami then elsewhere... it really looked like they just threw it on any next truck that came along. I was really worried because I had heat-sensitive creams there and f it would've been summer time, they'd be destroyed. Luckily, in Nov it worked out fine. However, I would advise to not ship anything heat/temp sensitive via USPS between June and Sept.

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