E-commerce has brought the world to our doorstep, and more than ever before, goods are moving across borders. Whether you're a Canadian retailer looking to expand into the US market or an American shopper wanting to buy from Canadian online stores, understanding the ins and outs of shipping from Canada to the USA is essential. Reship is here to simplify this process for you.
Understanding the Shipping Landscape
When shipping from Canada to the USA, it's vital to understand customs regulations, import duties, and various carrier options. Each of these elements can influence the cost and delivery time of your shipment. When shipping from Canada to the USA, it's crucial to be aware of restrictions and regulations concerning certain items, including dangerous goods and prohibited items. Here are some guidelines:
Dangerous goods refer to items that could pose a risk to health, safety, or property during transportation. They are divided into various classes, including explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing substances, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive material, corrosives, and miscellaneous dangerous substances.
Specific regulations apply to the shipping of these items, and carriers usually require shippers to declare them explicitly. Some carriers may not handle certain types of dangerous goods at all. For example, while FedEx accepts some dangerous goods, they have specific packing requirements.
Shipping of perfumes can be particularly tricky because they're often classified as dangerous goods due to their alcohol content. Each carrier has its regulations regarding the shipment of perfumes and other dangerous goods, so it's best to check directly with the carrier for the most accurate information.
Certain items are prohibited from being shipped from Canada to the USA due to various regulations. These include:
Counterfeit money and goods
Certain animal species and products (regulated by CITES)
Certain plants, seeds, and soils
Firearms, ammunition, and other weapons (without appropriate permits)
Again, the list of prohibited items may vary by carrier, so always check with your chosen service provider for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Remember, when using Reship for your international shipping, it's your responsibility to ensure the items you're shipping comply with all laws and regulations of the origin and destination country. Failure to do so can result in delays, additional charges, or seizure of the item by customs authorities.
Customs Regulations & Import Duties
When goods cross borders, they're subject to customs control, which can result in import duties and taxes. The amount is usually based on the product type, value, and sometimes weight. It's important to check the US Customs and Border Protection website for detailed information.
Remember, when using Reship, it's your responsibility as a buyer to settle any import duties and taxes.
Reship works with leading carriers providing various options based on your needs. These include:
Canada Post: This is the primary postal operator in Canada. Their international services include Tracked Packet USA, Expedited Parcel USA, and Xpresspost USA.
FedEx and UPS: These are international courier companies offering express services for quicker delivery.
DHL: DHL provides international shipping services and is a reliable option for urgent shipments.
Reship allows you to compare the rates of different carriers and choose the one that best suits your shipping needs.
Reship is designed to make international shipping as easy as possible:
Canadian Address: When you sign up for a Reship account, you receive a free Canadian shipping address.
Shop Canadian Stores: Shop from your favorite Canadian online stores, and use your Canadian Reship address as your delivery address.
International Shipping: Once your parcel arrives at the Reship warehouse, choose your preferred carrier, pay the shipping fees, and your package will be on its way to your US address!
By simplifying the process and providing you with choices for shipping and delivery, Reship ensures a stress-free shopping and shipping experience from Canada to the USA. How Much Does It Cost to Ship from Canada to US?
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all shipping cost when shipping anywhere. The cost of shipping to Canada (or anywhere) depends on the following factors:
We’ll consider the costs of shipping from Canada to a couple of locations in the United States, so you know all the costs involved in shipping. Canada Post: Canada Post is the primary postal operator in Canada and offers several services for shipping to the USA.
Tracked Packet USA: This service is designed for small and lightweight items, typically delivering within 4-7 business days with tracking and liability coverage included.
Expedited Parcel USA: This is a ground service providing delivery in 4-7 business days with tracking, delivery confirmation, and liability coverage.
Xpresspost USA: This is an express service offering delivery within 2-3 business days with tracking, delivery confirmation, and liability coverage. Check their services here.
FedEx International First: For time-sensitive shipments, delivers as early as 10:30 AM in 1-3 business days to select postal codes in the USA.
FedEx International Priority: An express service that typically delivers within 1-3 business days.
FedEx International Economy: This is a cost-effective solution for less time-sensitive shipments, typically delivering within 2-5 business days. Check their services
here: FedEx is an international courier known for its express delivery services.
UPS Worldwide Express Plus: Delivers as early as 8:30 AM on the next business day to the USA.
UPS Worldwide Express: Delivers by 10:30 AM or 12:00 noon on the next business day.
UPS Worldwide Expedited: A cost-effective service that delivers within 2 business days. Check their services here: UPS is a global package delivery company providing several international shipping options.
DHL Express Worldwide: Offers end of next possible business day delivery.
DHL Express 9:00 and 12:00: If you need your shipments a little earlier in the day, these options provide guaranteed delivery by 9:00 AM and 12:00 noon respectively. Check their services here: DHL is a global courier company providing fast and reliable international shipping services.
Please note that the estimated delivery times can vary depending on the specific package's origin and destination, customs procedures, and other factors. Always check the specific carrier's website or contact their customer service for the most accurate information.