Our postage to Canada from the UK is the cheapest, starting at just£15.99! And if you’re in a hurry, you can send a parcel to Canada in just 1-3 working days with our express international delivery options.
As international shipping experts, we always recommend that you check Canada’s Customs regulations before posting to Canada from the UK so your parcel doesn’t get delayed. Every parcel delivered to Canada has to clear customs, but this doesn’t need to be difficult as long as you package your parcel correctly and fill in all the right paperwork - and Parcel2Go will send all the documents you need to you when you book your delivery to Canada with us.
It’s also a good idea to avoid shipping to Canada on non-working days (Saturday and Sunday) and public holidays, as this could mean your parcel will take longer to arrive at its destination.
Whether you’re sending to Toronto or Quebec, knowing your parcel will arrive safely and on time doesn’t have to mean blowing your budget.
Check out our competitive postage costs to Canada below or get a quote today.
It’s really important that you include the receiver’s email address and contact details when shipping to Canada. This is because in order to receive a delivery in Canada, the receiver needs to fill in a Power of Attorney (POA). This is standard practice and most POAs can be filled out electronically, so the recipient likely won’t be surprised but it will save you time to enter the correct contact details before you ship.
All parcels posted to Canada will be subject to duties, taxes and inspections and the VAT rate will differ depending on which state you’re shipping to. We will work this out for you in the booking process and if you’re unsure, our 24/7 customer service can help you.
If your shipment to Canada is a gift (not for commercial use) that is worth less than $60 CAD (about £35*), you won’t have to pay any duty or tax on it, but you must include a card to show that the parcel is a gift. If the gift is over $60 CAD, you only need to pay tax/duty on the value over this amount - so if the parcel and shipping total $100 CAD, you’ll only pay tax on $40 CAD.
If your delivery to Canada is not a gift but it is worth less than $20 CAD (about £12*), you won’t have to pay any duties or taxes unless you’re a business sender. Parcels that are over $20 CAD, up to the value of $2,500 CAD, will go through a normal customs process.
If you are a business sender or your parcel is over the value of $20 CAD and not a gift, the standard goods and services tax (GST) is 5% on most goods.
*GBP rate may fluctuate as conversion rates change
It’s standard for most couriers delivering to Canada to use Canada’s Postal Service to deliver the parcel once it leaves customs. They will request Cash on Delivery (COD) to cover the costs of tax and duties, similar to how international parcels are delivered in the UK.
It’s important that your recipient expects to pay COD so your parcel can be successfully delivered without any issues or delays! So it’s always a good idea to remind them and let them know that the charges are for duties and tax, not the cost of postage to Canada.
When you send a parcel to Canada with Parcel2Go, your parcel could arrive as soon as 1-3 working days! Book your delivery with DPD Drop Off Express for our fastest shipping to Canada.
The cheapest way to send a parcel to Canada is with Parcel2Go - starting at just £15.99.
Canada splits its restricted and prohibited goods into 6 categories:
Firearms and weapons, including toy weapons
Food, plants and animals
Explosives, such as fireworks or party poppers
Vehicles, including parts
Cannabis without a permit
Consumer products, such as cosmetics
For more information, check the Canadian Border Services Agency website or contact the CBSA directly. It’s also important to check our prohibited items list and filter by the courier you choose and the country you’re sending to, because different carriers will have different restrictions.